In the Midst of the retirement of Gustafsson and Manuwa, UFC light heavyweights, another of UFC amazing light heavyweight fighter has retired: The great “King Mo” also known as Muhammed Lawal.
Former Strikeforce lightweight Champion, Bellator Contender and RIZIN Grand Prix winner, Mohammed Lawal silently went into professional retirement earlier this week. The news was officially broken to fans on the American Top Team Instagram Page, the gym he referred to a home for years.
Talking to MMA Junkie, Muhammed made it rigid that his retirement was in accordance with the law and also for life.
“I’m done for good,” he said. “My body can’t handle it, man. Too many surgeries. My body, as I’ve gotten older, I just can’t keep weight on. I’ve got hyperthyroidism. That, with the injuries and my replaced hip, my five ACL surgeries and my staph infection and me being 38 … right now I’m about 197 pounds. Everything is falling off me, man.”
To explain further, King Mo went on to say he had the thoughts of retiring even be the recent RIZIN rematch he had with Jiri Prochazka.
“I’m going to be totally real with you: Before the Jiri Prochazka fight,” he added. “I could feel how I was walking. For the past five years before I had the surgery, I was walking weird because my hip was all messed up. I just knew I had to do something. So I got the surgery done, and once I got it done, I knew: I can’t do this for much too much longer. I’m going to need a full replacement. My body’s been feeling weird for the past few years. I just don’t got it no more, man. I’m just old. Old and beat up.”
In the journey of his fighting career, King Mo won matches he had with top rivals like Roger Gracie, Gegard Mousasi, Seth Petruzeli, Linton Vassell, Cheick Kongo,Jiri Prochazka, Teodoras Aukstuolis, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Satoshi Ishii. The wrestler retires with a fight record of 21-9 (1). Although he never had a UFC match, he ought to be constantly remembered as one of the top-level light heavyweight and heavyweight who courageously faced other top fighters without fear.