Despite going just 4-3 since joining Bellator MMA in January 2013, the Viacom-backed mixed martial arts promotion has inked Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal (pictured) to a long-term contract extension.
“This was one of the easiest decisions I could have made,” Lawal expressed in a statement. “After everything that went down over the last six or seven months, I didn’t think this was something that would ever happen, but when Coker came on board with Bellator, everything changed. This is where I want to be. I don’t care who I fight, when it is, or where it is. I get paid to fight, and that’s what I’m going to do for Bellator. That’s it.”
As customary with all MMA contracts, terms of Lawal’s deal were not disclosed.
The light heavyweight initially signed with Bellator in May 2012 after Strikeforce folded. He was serving a nine-month drug suspension after testing positive for Drostanolone at the time of his initial Bellator signing.
At that time, Lawal signed an unprecedented combo deal to join Bellator and TNA Wrestling, both owned by Viacom. No word if his new arrangement also includes an extension on his professional wrestling career.
As far as MMA goes, the 33-year-old is looking to bounce back from a controversial unanimous decision defeat to bitter rival Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in the light heavyweight tournament finals. Rampage now advances to a title tilt against champion Emanuel Newton.
Lawal returns to action against Dustin Jacoby on September 5th.