Bellator light heavyweight Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal recently appeared on Australia's Submission Radio, for a lively, informative, and wide-ranging discussion.
Lawal had hoped to become a twin star in both MMA and pro wrestling, on Bellator and on TNA, both of which air on the UFC's old home on cable Spike. However, TNA was recently dropped, so the Lawal's pro wrestling future is unknown. Never the less, Lawal detailed which of the two is tougher.
“Pro Wrestling is harder than MMA," said Lawal. "Here’s the reason why, in MMA I can avoid damage. I can circle, I can pull guard, I can take you down, I can push you to the cage, hell I can tap, I can verbally give up. In Pro Wrestling I’ve seen guys tear their ACL and continue to wrestle solely to please the crowd. You know regardless of what happens, the show must go on. You go out there, people are out there at one point they were wrestling like three times a week, four times a week. You know Hulk Hogan’s leg drop shrunk his spine, but guess what, he was still doing it. You know, your body is banged up, you're taking bumps, you're flying over ropes, through the ropes, hitting the ropes, hitting the turnbuckle, getting body slammed, taking a bump.
"You know that stuff breaks your body down, and you could ask any wrestler, you get a wrestler that’s 47 years old and you get an MMA fighter that’s 47 years old, the wrestler's gonna look like he’s sixty compared to an MMA fighter. You get Randy Couture and compare him to someone like the Undertaker, I know Undertaker’s a little older but I guarantee you the Undertaker at 47, 48 years old was far more beat up then what Randy Couture was.”
“I have no idea what’s going to happen, I'm hoping the Spike TV Deal happens. I’m pretty sure Dixie has people on it. You know I went to wrestling school, I can wrestle matches. I’m just hoping things get situated so I can get back on Impact and show the wrestling world that King Mo knows what he’s doing in the squared circle. Because when it comes down to it, I put my work in at Ohio Valley Wrestling. I wanna show off what I've learned.”
“MMA is not really a true sport, because in a true sport the people that win with game plans, regardless if it’s a lay and pray win or a wall and stall win, they still get acknowledged. In soccer, soccer games are 1-0. They go an hour, or an hour and a half with no scoring and it's 1-0, or 0-0, or a draw. And guess what, people are still there and people respect it. In MMA, if you're boring they don’t like you. True sports all that matters is the result, not how you win. The result is all that matters in true sports, that’s it. MMA is entertainment, sports entertainment, it’s like World Wrestling, that’s it.”