Things have been fairly quite on the Strikeforce front since the promotion hosted multiple events earlier this summer. All that will change in exactly 11 days when
Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante challenges Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal for his light heavyweight crown at “Strikeforce: Houston.”
The talented 205-pounders took the mic at Monday’s per-fight conference call to not only discuss their pivotal match-up, but potential scraps with other superstars as well. Here are some of the memorable quotes from yesterday’s pow-wow.
Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal:
“Feijao knows he wants the knock out. He doesn’t want the submission. He trains in the ground game, but I’m training with guys in jiu jitsu that are comparable. So I’m not worried at the ground at all because I’ve got good submission defense.
“My toughest tests so far have been the training. The fights are the easy part. The tough part is training. As far as a plan goes or strategy, I have five of six different plans and pick one going in. If that one doesn’t work, I just change it up and go to another one. With (Gegard) Mousasi he was coming up so hard that I had to go for the take down. My plan with Mousasi was to hit him a few times and make him stand and frustrate him. Then I was able to capitalize and get the take down.”
How do you think you would do against Anderson Silva?
“I don’t know. If you ask me if I could beat anybody I’m going to say I can beat anybody. I’d win against anybody with a good game plan. It doesn’t matter who it is. Except my momma. It doesn’t matter who it is, I’ll beat them with a good game plan.
“I wouldn’t mind fighting Fabrico (Werdum), who’s the top dog right now. I wouldn’t mind fighting at heavyweight a few times. I just like fighting. A belt is a belt. I fight because I like to fight first and for the belt second.
“I’ve only been fighting for two years. There’s no pressure on me whatsoever. If there’s pressure on anybody it’s Feijao. He has the name. He’s been fighting longer and he’s been training longer. I remember watching Feijao just mashing people in the IFL. I think people look at me as having the bigger name but I don’t care. I think he’s the favorite. I’m the underdog even though I’m the champ.
“I may be implementing a new style like from Bernard Hopkins, one of my favorite boxers. I’m going to implement his style. And maybe if that doesn’t work than a little of Paul Williams. So you’ll all be seeing some new stuff from me.”
Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante:
“I have been working hard for not just this fight, but for my dream, every day for six years.
“When you have a job like a fighter you have to learn to be a full-time fighter. That’s what I’ve learned. You eat healthy food and work at maintaining your weight.
“I don’t think King Mo is going to want to stay on the ground with me. I will be ready for whatever style he wants. If he wants to stand up, I will stand up. If he wants to go to the ground, we will go to the ground.”
You’re English has improved greatly. How important is it for fighters to speak English to be embraced by the American fans?
“I think it’s important. It shows respect and I think more of the Americans are learning who I am. (Speaking English) shows what we really feel. When you use a translator they never say the same thing you want them to say. It’s just different. When I’m thinking something I can say it exactly the way I want so I think it’s important.
“I think this fight is going to be a war and the crowd is going to love it.”
Strikeforce: Houston takes place August 21st inside the Toyota Center in Texas. The Showtime broadcast starts at 10PM ET/PT, so unfortunately only fans with access to an east coast feed will be able to watch the show live.