Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal may be a FORMER light heavyweight champion following his loss to Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante at “Strikeforce: Houston,” but he isn’t a cheater. On the heels of his controversial, yet legal, inhaling of a TRUO2 Portable Oxygen Can in Saturday’s defeat, King Mo states the canister was in no way a performance enhancer.
“No effect, man,” Lawal told MMAJunkie.com of his O2 use during the scrap. “People want to make a big deal about it, but it’s not a big deal. I used it in training camp for a week, (and) it helped me slow my heart rate down and focus my breathing – that’s about it. I could have done it without the oxygen can.”
One thing his majesty couldn’t do without against Feijao was utilize his All-American wrestling skills. Unfortunately, he forgot to execute his ground attack and got caught up in a shootout with the Brazilian.
“I didn’t really wrestle like I could have,” Lawal admitted. “I could have kept him more confused by faking, but I was going out there to try and bang with him.
“I just got overconfident. I started hitting the body and I saw his facial expression change. I just got dumb.”
Flossin’ his machismo has never been an issue for the outspoken wrestler in the past, however Lawal was auspiciously quiet leading up to their showdown in Texas. Expect for that to come to an end if/when he gets his mulligan. Actually, it appears the King may have already regained his mojo.
“I can beat him. I was up two rounds to none. In the 3rdRound, if I took him down more and played it safe I could have probably stopped him in the fourth because I had him hurt to the body,” King Mo stated. “But it’s whatever. Come back smarter and better.”
Assuming Feijao will still be donning the strap, and you’re able to work your way back up the ladder, what would be different in the next go-round?
“I just go out there and try to execute the game plan, and I didn’t execute the best game plan for my capabilities,” he added. “But it happens. I’m going to be alright, though. I’ve got family, I’ve got people that care about me. I’ve got MMA fans that back me. It’s all good.
“I’m still early in my career. [UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre] lost and came back better. Great athletes and great champions that lose come back better.”
FYI – Oxygen4Energy.com did sponsor King Mo on Saturday night. Needless to say, they got fantastic bang for their buck.