KIng Mo: MMA easy compared to wrestling


Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal, who fights Poland's Przemyslaw Mysiala at Bellator 86 on Jan. 24 said after wrestling, fighting is easy.

"I’ve been preparing mentally for all these big moments through every wrestling match I’ve had before I even got to MMA," Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal told Bleacher Report on a media conference call.

"That’s why when people talk about MMA being hard, to me it’s easy compared to wrestling."

"Going overseas, wrestling guys from Russia and Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan. You gotta deal with the fact that in order to get paid you gotta win, and then you gotta deal with the referees cheating you."

"I’m not worried about no upsets (vs. Mysiala). I’m just worried about me executing my game plan and winning these fights."

"I went to Holland and made sure that [the knee injury] was all straight. I went there to strictly test myself against topflight kickboxers and strikers. That’s why I went there, to see if my knee could hold up, and I left with no injuries."

"I know Przemyslaw—I call him 'coleslaw'—I know he’s tough, has good submissions…I just gotta worry about myself being healthy for the next round. That’s all I’m worried about."

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Gokudamus stole my name site profile image  

1/21/13 10:07 AM by Gokudamus stole my name

Too bad Mo is basically going to waste his best years in Bellator. I mean who is he going to fight? The champ is M`Pumbu who just lost to a guy Lawal already KOd

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1/21/13 9:59 AM by roscoegrinders

Mma wrestling and college wrestling are quite different. If college wrestling was a dierect tranlation to mma wrestling phil davis would be considered the best in that catagory. The man who most see as the best wrestler in theUFC GSP did not even have a wrestling background. Mo would not stand a chance against anyone decent in the UFC. He is very similar to CB Dolloway in terms of skill set, and that is the best he can probably hope for. Sorry for the spelling typing on my iPad is annoying.

wiggum site profile image  

1/21/13 9:38 AM by wiggum

Two different kinds of tough, IMO. Pro wrestling definitely is harder on the body. Training for wrestling/MMA probably requires more discipline and mental toughness.

Kirik site profile image  

1/21/13 9:35 AM by Kirik

Although King Mo was talking about wrestling, not pro wrestling, several people who do both have said pro wrestling is tougher on the body than MMA. Looking at the death rate in pro wrestling, I would say the facts bear out that statement.

PrettyBoy site profile image  

1/21/13 4:12 AM by PrettyBoy

Even if you believe that... Mo fought him after only 6 fights to his name. So even if you belive that... which is wrong, you are still saying a top 5 LHW in eeked out maybe a split decision against Mo when he was as green as can be.Mo's striking has improved 10fold. If healthy I don't see anyone beating Mo outside of Jones. That's the fight I want to see.

andyman011 site profile image  

1/21/13 3:22 AM by andyman011

Considering I've never tried pro wrestling I'll take your word for it

CODELMJVG site profile image  

1/21/13 12:05 AM by CODELMJVG

Hmm yep.

CODELMJVG site profile image  

1/21/13 12:04 AM by CODELMJVG

He wouldn't say this if he was fighting structure format like pride or vale tudo different perspective he would have.

Ryann Von Doom site profile image  

1/21/13 12:02 AM by Ryann Von Doom

He lost to gegard in my eyes.

PrettyBoy site profile image  

1/21/13 12:00 AM by PrettyBoy

He lost one fight when his knee was blown out. The dude is great.