Jeff Mayweather drops MMA star King Mo in training

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Bellator MMA fighter Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal learned the hard way to work on his defense when he trained with respected boxing coach Jeff Mayweather.

”We gotta do a defense test,” ‘King Mo’ informed the MiddleEasy site during a training session at the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas back in 2012.

”We call it the doom test. I’m about to pass it!”

Administering the test would be Mayweather, uncle of legendary boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr and a champion in his own right, having won the IBO junior lightweight title back in 1994.

’Jazzy’ successfully defended his title twice and eventually retired in 1997 with a career record of 32-10-5, before moving on to coach champions like Sultan Ibragimov and Celestino Caballero as well as briefly managing his nephew Floyd in the early stages of his career.

As something of a boxing aficionado, ‘King Mo’ had sought out Mayweather’s help to help him improve his striking skills in MMA.

Already a decorated NCAA amateur wrestler, Lawal was just about to transition to competing for Bellator at the time, having previously been a light-heavyweight champion in the Strikeforce organization.

’The doom test’ that Lawal was undertaking in the gym that day would see Mayweather attempting to exploit weaknesses in the fighter’s defense as he hit the pads.

“If his defense isn’t tight, he’s going to get hit upside the head,” Mayweather warned.

At first, Lawal covered his bases as Mayweather began probing at his defense, but just as ‘King Mo’ started to become cocky, the seasoned veteran suddenly faked a right hand but then threw and landed a left to the liver.

The moment it landed Lawal winced in pain and sunk to his knees, while Mayweather casually walked off laughing.

“King Mo was my first {MMA] fighter,” Mayweather recalled fondly in an interview a few years later. “We are still together today, and I love him like a brother.”

Since working with Mayweather, ‘King Mo’ has produced a 13-5 record, winning Bellator’s light-heavyweight tournament in 2013 as well as Rizin’s Heavyweight Grand-Prix, defeating the likes of Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson, Satoshi Ishii and Cheick Kongo along the way.

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