Strikeforce Light Heavyweight champion “King” Muhammed Lawal joined us for Ring Psychology days before his main event battle with the tough, yet unknown, Rafael Cavalcante. Mo talked about his YouTube addiction, what he’s learned from some of judo’s best, and his relationship with the fans. Some of the highlights:
King Mo on the Fans: Some are cool, some are idiots. They’re fans-they don’t know what the f**k they are talking about. That’s why I’ll say it again: ‘f**k the fans.’ A lot of them ain’t educated. They’re just bandwagon jumpers…
King Mo Explains Wrestling Pedigrees: For the most part, every American wrestler you see that wrestles freestyle or greco-roman wrestled folkstyle (as well). Greco is upper body. Freestyle…comparing freestyle to greco is like comparing boxing to muay thai. In freestyle you can attack more ways and greco is only upper body. You’ve got the explosive style that me and Daniel Cormier have. You have the funk style that Ben Askren has. And then you’ve got the solid position style. There aren’t too many fighters from a solid position style who have transferred over to MMA. Folkstyle is kind of like college. It’s like college man. Then you’ve got the NFL which is like freestyle and greco. It’s a different level. Because when you wrestle freestyle and greco, you’re wrestling the world’s best. When you wrestle collegiately, you’re only wrestling college’s best.
Mo on Fighting in Japan: They left me with the damn hospital bills not being paid…they didn’t pay for it so I’m not going to go back and fight for them. I tore my ACL in the fight against Kawamura and they wouldn’t pay for the surgery. So, it’s whatever man…I’m not going to fight in Japan unless I’m getting paid upfront.
Lawal defends his title for the first time Saturday on Showtime. Also on the show were Fraser Coffeen from Head Kick Legend, discussing the latest from K-1 and the struggles at FEG, and Strikeforce’s Miesha Tate, who recently earned a title shot in the 135 pound weight class. You can download the show from I-Tunes or listen live by heading over to our friends at Angry Marks. Thanks for tuning in. Feedback welcome.
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