Lawal: Staph infection 'almost killed me'


Following ACL surgery, Muhammed Lawal, also known as King Mo, suffered a severe staph infection, which according to the Bellator fighter, almost cost him his life:

"It almost killed me," Lawal recalls. "I don't explain it to people. I downplayed the whole thing. They didn't know how bad it was. People would text me, and I was in the hospital texting them back like nothing happened. I battled back from it. It messed my body up. My body is still getting healthy from that."

Nearly two years later, the man they call "King Mo" has reacquainted himself with the spotlight as one of leading names the under the Bellator umbrella. Still, that kind of physical trauma, the kind that sapped his weight, laid waste to his natural gifts and held him on the shelf for nearly a year, isn't something so easily forgotten.

Even after five post-surgery fights, Lawal admits, his body isn't yet back to full strength. But, "I'm almost there," he says. "I feel it now when I'm training with American Top Team doing strength training. I feel it, I feel my body coming back. It's a good feeling.

"I think it's a matter of time, because I've still got a few things screwed up with my blood and my red blood count was pretty bad, so now they're filling me back up. I've got to take vitamin C, iron. I'm almost there, man. I'm almost back to where I need to be."

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liquidrob17 site profile image  

2/27/14 12:51 PM by liquidrob17


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2/26/14 7:31 PM by PrettyBoy

Yeah I feel for Mo... They did surgery like 7 time on his leg trying to scrape out the infection and considered amputation. He isn't lying when he said it almost killed him. And he didn't whine. Didn't take to twitter and beg someone to save him. He has a lot of pride and I really respect Mo.People here love to hate him and go crazy calling him a bum whenever he loses. But he is still a relative newcomer to MMA has already won one world title and has been a super exciting fighter to watch.I'm a big fan of Mo.

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2/26/14 7:30 PM by ThatKickDidntHuroooohhhhhhhh

Isn't this really old news?

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2/26/14 7:24 PM by K.C. MacPherson Fan

Man wtf. That's gotta be the most painful spot, other than on your junk. It would not be possible to keep your arm from rubbing that. Fuckin yuck.

HeHitsMeBecauseHeLovesMe site profile image  

2/26/14 7:17 PM by HeHitsMeBecauseHeLovesMe

Damn... I have to have a salivary gland removed. Staff on my face is one of the worst thinks I can imagine.

shin2chin site profile image  

2/26/14 6:55 PM by shin2chin

Anyone see that David Cronenberg movie Crash...just sayin

Lefthook33 site profile image  

2/26/14 5:58 PM by Lefthook33

Ive gotten staph twice in the last year. Shit is fucked up. I wish it on nobody

ChipW site profile image  

2/26/14 5:43 PM by ChipW

I just underwent surgery and this was heavy on my mind. 6 days post op, I think I'm ok. Staph is nasty as he'll in hospitals.

RearNakedToke site profile image  

2/26/14 5:42 PM by RearNakedToke

He got it from surgery. I guess Staph can hang out for a long time on surfaces unless they're properly sterilized. Look at the TB Bucs locker room, they had a mass MRSA outbreak.