Muhammed King Mo Lawal - Strikeforce

Muhammed King Mo Lawal

As former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal gets ready for his fight against Roger Gracie this weekend, his only goal is to go out and win.

If he is victorious, Lawal could very well be in line for another shot at the Strikeforce 205-pound title, but the former champion says he wants no part of it unless Dan Henderson is the fighter standing across from him in the cage.

Currently, Henderson is a free agent, but he is negotiating with Zuffa with his next fight likely to take place in the UFC.

So what does that mean for the Strikeforce light heavyweight title? Well, it would probably end up vacated, and if that’s the case, Lawal wants no part of it.

“I’ll put it like this, if it’s vacated I don’t want it then, (expletive) it,” Lawal said about the Strikeforce light heavyweight title. “If it’s vacated, what’s the point of fighting for a vacated title?

“The thing is the best thing to do I think is to beat the guy that’s got the title. So if I was going to fight for the belt, I’d want to fight Dan (Henderson). After I smash Roger, then bring on Dan.”

If Henderson is not available or has left Strikeforce by then, Lawal sees no point in battling for a meaningless title.

“It don’t mean nothing at all,” Lawal said about a vacated belt. “Nothing.”

So with a title shot not in his immediate future, Lawal is only focused on the task at hand and that’s facing undefeated jiu-jitsu champion Roger Gracie.

The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt has been impressive during his short stay with Strikeforce, winning all of his fights by submission. This will definitely be his biggest step up in competition, however, facing a former champion in Lawal.

In the realm of strengths and weaknesses in this fight, Lawal’s wrestling is second to none, but Gracie’s jiu-jitsu is also off the charts. Lawal isn’t worried too much about Gracie’s grappling skill, however, because a well placed punch can definitely even the score.

“I’m very confident in my ground skills,” Lawal stated. “People forget that Abu Dhabi and Mundials and the Pan-Am jiu-jitsu tournaments and stuff like that, they can’t throw knees to the body. You can’t throw punches to the face or body. You can throw elbows to the face or body. It’s a different sport.”

Lawal has watched Gracie’s fights up until now, but he says none of that matters. What matters is the fact that Gracie signed on the dotted line to face him, and that was simply a mistake.

“Yeah I watched his fights, I think nothing of it cause he ain’t fought me,” Lawal stated.

“It’s like this, he took the fight, whatever, but I’m going to make him pay for taking that fight.”

Lawal will see if he can make Gracie pay when the two square off this weekend in Strikeforce in Cincinnati.

Follow @DamonMartin on Twitter or e-mail Damon Martin.
For more
UFC News and UFC Rumors, follow on Twitter and Facebook.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Will Vitor Belfort or Dan Henderson Opt for a Graceful Exit After Third Fight?

  • 22 days ago

Vitor Belfort and Dan Henderson can’t seem to find a good way to leave the party. They were among the earliest to arrive, and somehow they’re both still here, still dancing, despite the fact most oth read news >>

Daily Fantasy MMA: DraftKings Picks for Dan Henderson vs. Vitor Belfort 3 Card

  • 22 days ago

DraftKings players ought to avoid the third fight in the Dan Henderson vs. Vitor Belfort trilogy. While there's some logic in taking Belfort ($10,800) considering he flattened Henderson with a first- read news >>

The Complete Guide to UFC Fight Night 77: Henderson vs. Belfort III

  • 23 days ago

Legendary fighters Dan Henderson and Vitor Belfort meet for a third and hopefully final time this Saturday night as the UFC returns to Fox Sports 1. This is essentially as good as a Fight Night on th read news >>

Vitor Belfort vs. Dan Henderson 3: A Head-to-Toe Breakdown

  • 23 days ago

Two rivals square off in the middleweight main event of UFC Fight Night 77 on Saturday when old lions Vitor Belfort and Dan Henderson clash. No. 4-ranked middleweight Belfort returned from a long lay read news >>

UFC Fight Night 77: Belfort vs. Henderson 3 Video Preview

  • 24 days ago

Dan Henderson and Vitor Belfort are even at one win apiece in their head-to-head battles. On Saturday, they aim to settle the score once and for all. read news >>

Dan Henderson Video: When You Find a Drunk Guy Passed Out on Your Couch

  • 24 days ago

Vitor Belfort must really be going to desperate lengths to get into Dan Henderson's head en route to their UFC Fight Night 77 headlining trilogy bout on Saturday. read news >>

UFC headliner Dan Henderson finds 'passed-out drunk' guy in hotel room

  • 24 days ago

If Dan Henderson is trying to cut out distractions ahead of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 77 headliner, his hotel isn’t doing him any favors.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

UFC Fight Night 77 headliner Dan Henderson: The underdog to end all underdogs

  • 25 days ago

Going into Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 77 main event against Vitor Belfort in Brazil, Dan Henderson will fight as an underdog for the 10th straight time. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Vitor Belfort Video: Defends Controversial UFC 152 Drug Tests, Talks Dan Henderson

  • 26 days ago

Vitor Belfort discusses the controversial drug tests surrounding UFC 152, his upcoming trilogy bout with Dan Henderson, and his recent meeting with Dr. Ben Carson. read news >>

Watch Dan Henderson and Vitor Belfort in their first meeting at PRIDE 32 in 2006

  • 27 days ago

A week from today, Vitor Belfort and Dan Henderson go to battle in a rare trilogy bout with their series knotted at one win apiece. Before that, though, check out their first meeting in PRIDE in 2006 read news >>