Daniel Cormier: ‘King Mo’ Paid My Mortgage When I Was Broke

Written by Tom Ngo
May 16th, 2014

Strikeforce King Mo Muhammed Lawal

Behind the flashy professional wrestling persona, which oftentimes carries over to his day job as a mixed martial artist, lies a heart of gold. As Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal (pictured) prepares to headline Bellator’s pay-per-view debut, UFC light heavyweight contender Daniel Cormier recently revealed what kind of human being King Mo is when the cameras aren’t around.

Cormier said Lawal is the man who convinced him to transition from Olympic wrestler to pro MMA slugger, which ultimately provided “DC” with a new lease on life and a different avenue to make a living.

When Cormier was down in the dumps, it was Lawal who was constantly blowing up Cormier’s phone to make sure his boy got his mind right.

And before Strikeforce and UFC stardom came along, when Cormier was struggling to cover his mortgage, guess who was more than happy to flip the bill?

“This guy insisted that I fight. This [guy] called me when I was at my lowest point everyday. This guy paid my mortgage when I was broke,” Cormier posted on his official Instagram account. “Hes my brother and I can’t wait until he competes this weekend in his 1st ppv main event. You don’t meet many people like Muhammad Lawal in one lifetime and I am lucky to have this guy.

“Watch him put an end to rampage career. Mo you a champion my brother and good luck. You won’t need it. #brother #teamthirsty #okstate #worldteam my brother. Kick his ass MO!”

Cormier and Lawal train together at American Kickboxing Academy, but their BFF status likely started because they’re both alumni of Oklahoma State University’s powerhouse wrestling program.

Lawal might be a 2-1 underdog when he battles former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson Saturday inside Landers Center in Mississippi, but he’ll always be Cormier’s favorite.

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