Strikeforce’s Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal: “I’m Always Champion in My Mind”

Written by Tim Ngo
July 16th, 2010

Never one to keep to himself, newly crowned Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal recently talked about his next challenge at “Strikeforce: Houston.”

After winning the crown with a dominating performance over Gegard Mousasi in April, Lawal’s first title defense will come against Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante. Although he dons a belt now, he claims it won’t change his mindset come August 21st.

“The approach doesn’t change. Going into every fight, I feel like both a champion and a challenger because I challenge myself in training, but I’m always champion in my mind,” said Lawal on Tuesday’s press conference. “So nothing is going to change for this fight.”

It’s his confident approach that has gotten him this far, as the former collegiate wrestler has traded in his singlet for the thick chain he rocks around his neck and the gold around his waist.

Cavalcante poses an interesting challenge for King Mo, as eight of the Brazilian’s nine wins have come in some form of  knockout. However, you won’t have to tell the champion because he is already on high alert.

“Feijao likes to bang so this is going to be an exciting fight. I’m going to show you all some new things I’ve been working on,” Lawal continued.

So, how does Strikeforce’s 205-pound title holder prepare for such a dangerous opponent?

Extra credit homework.

“I watch about 10-15 fights a day. I’m always studying guys and learning their weaknesses,” the champ stated.

One thing you’ll never second guess about Lawal is his ground game. We’ll find out in a few weeks if that’s enough to successfully complete his first title defense.

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