Join Date: Feb 2009
King Mo training at Grudge training Center
There's been a lot of talk lately in the MMA world about teammates fighting teammates, but one person who says he was misquoted about fighting a teammate was Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal.
During a media conference call on Monday, Lawal was asked about fighting at heavyweight, and when quotes from the call were sent out later that day, he supposedly said, "I wouldn’t mind fighting Fabricio (Werdum), who’s the top dog right now."
Lawal says the transcription was incorrect, and clarified that he has no plans of ever fighting his good friend and teammate.
"In the press conference they were like 'would you like to fight heavyweight?' and I was like 'yeah, I'd like to fight heavyweight.’ Right now, Fabricio's the top dog, I'm willing to fight anybody else," Lawal told MMAWeekly Radio.
Talking about Werdum, Lawal says there's nothing that would make him fight him, and with all the work they do together, what motivation would he ever have to face him in the cage anyways?
"Fabricio's like my coach, he's my boy, my training partner. It would make no sense for me to fight somebody that coaches me, trains with me, and is a friend. That's three strikes right there, what's the point?" said Lawal.
The subject of teammates fighting each other is the big debate circling MMA right now – most notably the talk of Jon Fitch and Josh Koscheck someday having to throw down. With many of the top camps adding new top-flight fighters every day, the problem could arise in many situations, in many different promotions.
While some have argued that it is competition, and fighters can still be friends and teammates afterwards, Lawal presents a new perspective as to why he would never want to fight Werdum, or any of his teammates.
He also makes it clear that he never said he'd face Werdum, and wants to clear the air about the whole debate.
"Yeah, they misquoted me. And some of these idiot fans they're like 'that's what's wrong with MMA, friends don't fight friends. You see the NFL and the NBA, it's a competition between friends.' The thing is you play basketball, you play football, you play baseball, you play hockey, you run track, but you don't fight in those sports. In MMA, we don't play MMA like this is a videogame," Lawal said.
"This is something serious. I'm out there to hurt people. If you're in the cage with me, I'm trying to hurt you, I'm trying to knock you out, break your bones, submit you. Whatever I can do to win the fight that's legal, I'm out there to do."
Lawal has been training alongside Werdum, and the rest of his team in Southern California, as well as spending time at the Grudge Training Center in Colorado to prepare for his Aug. 21 showdown with Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante at Strikeforce: Houston.
It's not full time but it is an extremly smart move by King Mo Trevor Wittman is one of the best striking coaches in the sport plus one of the frequent visitors is this guy:
Apparently he's good