Former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal (8-1 MMA, 3-1 SF) is back on a regular schedule.
After an on-again, off-again stretch of activity courtesy of a knee injury, Lawal is expected to make his second appearance since returning from his layoff when he fights at "Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine."
Sources close to the event today confirmed the news to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com
) and stated Lawal has yet to receive an opponent.
"Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine" takes place Jan. 7 at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The event's main card airs live on Showtime.
Lawal's return came this past September when he topped submission specialist Roger Gracie by KO at "Strikeforce Grand Prix: Barnett vs. Kharitonov." The win came 13 months after he lost his Strikeforce crown and suffered the first professional setback of his career with a third-round TKO defeat to Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante at "Strikeforce: Houston." Afterward, he took time off to heal a busted ACL.
Lawal, a former NCAA Division II wrestling champ at the University of Central Oklahoma, won the belt in April 2010 with a unanimous-decision win over Gegard Mousasi at the CBS-televised "Strikeforce: Nashville."