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‘King Mo’ to reign in the cage no more

PICTURED: Muhammed Lawal

IN THE week that saw light heavyweights Jimi Manuwa and Alexander Gustafsson retire from the UFC, Mixed Martial Arts fans were left reeling by news of another fight legend hanging up his gloves when Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal announced he was calling it a day.

Confirming he had closed the door on competing in the cage, American Top Team, who
Lawal trains with, wrote on their Instagram account: “I just wanted to give @kingmofh a shout out and congrats for all he’s accomplished in this sport.

“For those that aren’t aware, he’s decided to ‘hang em up’ and dedicate the next chapter of his life to coaching our pro fighters. I have to note, I’ve seen countless fighters train and walk through our doors and King Mo is hands down one of the best teammates I have ever seen. Beyond selfess.

“Proud to call him a teammate and even more excited to have him working and coach- ing full time with the squad. All the best Mo!! Congrats on a hell of a career!! Let’s keep it positive and show this man some love!”

The 38-year-old, fought with Bellator and was Rizin Heavyweight GP Champion. He is a former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion and former Indy Pro Wrestler.


Commenting on Lawal’s announcement post, @loveabove7 echoed the sentiments of the many King Mo fans around the world. “@kingmofh Thank [you] for being the type of rare warrior this sport has ever seen. I remember talking to you during the staph and I remember you fighting everyday I remember you at East being a warrior in
every sport you played.

“I remember when you stepped into the cage and fought Travis. I knew it wasn’t just skill alone or athletics alone. You had a warrior’s mentality and a will to never give up. You are a legend in the sport a true athlete always a workhorse a smart fighter. Thank you, Mo, for everything you gave to this sport. God bless you, man, always!”

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