‘King Mo’ Lawal Putting Himself Through Hell to Prepare for Bellator Tourney



After a yearlong layoff, Muhammed Lawal returns Jan. 24 to take on Przemyslaw Mysiala in the Bellator Fighting Championships Season 8 light heavyweight tournament.

“King Mo” joined the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show ahead of the matchup to discuss his opponent, the tournament format and more.

On whether he’s nervous making his debut in Bellator and on Spike TV: “No. I got more nervous with wrestling because with fighting, you’re getting paid. You’re getting paid to show up. In wrestling, you had to win the tournament. When I went to Russia and when I went to Iran, I had to win the tournament to get paid. I had to beat my opponent and beat the referees that were trying to cheat me. That was more stressful and that was more nerve-wracking to me.”

On whether it adds pressure that his opponent is not well known: “It’s like this: If I beat him, then I would get no credit anyway. If he beats me, then I’m a bum or the dude’s real good. To me, it’s just a fight. I’m not worried about names. Names mean nothing.”

On whether he’s ready for the tournament format and what could be a grueling year: “I think so. I went to Holland. I was there for a whole month. … My schedule was like this: I’d wake up at 5:30 in the morning, train from 7 a.m. to 11:30, come back at 6 and train till 8:30 p.m. I put myself through a month of hell. It’s not over. I’m in Vegas right now training with Jeff Mayweather, sparring with two-time Olympian Michael Hunter and rolling with Roy Nelson and sparring with Roy Nelson and boxing with other guys in the gym. I’m putting my body through hell to make sure I’m prepared.”

On how he’ll train knowing he could be fighting every four weeks: “You’ve got to be careful. You have to peak but not peak. For my fight, I’ll be in shape, but real talk: I won’t be in the best shape of my life. Even the second fight, I’ll be in a little better shape than the first fight. Third fight, I’m going to peak. I’ll be peaked in my third fight and then I’ll bring it down, wait a few weeks before I train again, bring it down and slowly ease back into it and peak again for the title fight. That’s how you’ve got to do it. It’s called periodization. I don’t think a lot of people in the fight game understand that, especially MMA.”

On whether the tournament format will affect how he approaches each fight: “No, because to me, I’ll go out there and knock you out. If I don’t knock you out, I’m going to go out there to beat you up. Regardless, my goal is to try to finish the fight. If it goes all three rounds and I’m a little bruised up, well, the ice bath will be my best friend for the next three or four weeks before my next fight.”

Listen to the full interview (beginning at 2:31:43).

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

  • 25 days ago
  • 0 views

Former Strikeforce champion King Muhammed Lawal sat down with Submission radio to speculate about Brock Lesnar potentially joining him on the Bellator MMA roster, and why it would benefit the sport. read news >>

  • 2 days ago
  • 1 views

Muhammed Lawal said he won’t change much for his heavyweight showdown with Cheick Kongo this Friday at Bellator 134.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

  • 25 days ago
  • 0 views

Muhammed Lawal may be Bellator's main light heavyweight attraction, but the former Strikeforce berserker had some very interesting comments regarding Ultimate Fighting Championship's (UFC) latest sig read news >>

  • 25 days ago
  • 261 views

King Muhammed Lawal joined Submission Radio once again to talk about Kimbo Slice and former WCW star Bill Goldberg's surprisingly competent MMA game. read news >>

  • a day ago
  • 0 views

It's a Thursday night in the fight capital of the world, and one of the most polarizing figures in mixed martial arts is thinking about video games. Not Call of Duty first-person shooter home-console read news >>

  • 9 hours ago
  • 1 views

MMAjunkie Radio kicks off at noon ET (9 a.m. PT) with guests Muhammed Lawal and Joey Diaz.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

  • 25 days ago
  • 12 views

Former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion King Muhammed Lawal offers his impression of CM Punk after watching the former WWE star train. read news >>

  • 5 days ago
  • 3 views

The end of the Bjorn Rebney era in Bellator arrived in June 2014, at least officially, when Viacom executives rang the death knell on the tournament format and cast Rebney off into his self-imposed e read news >>

  • 3 days ago
  • 2 views

King Mo Lawal is apparently a big fan of Bellator's new regime with Scott Coker in charge. We all knew that Muhammed Lawal wasn't a fan of Bjorn Rebney - calling him a "d**k-rider" after losing a dec read news >>