King Mo Retires From MMA

After a career that spanned Strikeforce, Bellator, RIZIN, and some time in professional wrestling, Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal has announced his retirement form Mixed Martial Arts.

“It’s been on my mind for a while,” Lawal told MMAFighting about his decision to retire. “I just put it in the back of my head. It was the pain from the injuries that was messing me up and my lack of range of motion from my hip and my knee. I’ve been fighting most of my career with no legs, a messed up knee or a messed up hip and after I had that hip surgery where they put titanium metal in my hip, it kind of made me think — I’m going to need a knee replacement, I’m going to need an elbow replacement, I’m going to need a hip replacement.

“I was like I’m getting old, I’m 38, I’ve got kids. I can’t even run right now. I can’t even jog really. I’m that bad. It’s to the point where if I can’t jog or sprint or be explosive, then I’ve got to stop.”

After a litany of surgeries in the course of his 11-year career, Lawal decided to take off the gloves after a hip resurfacing after  he was barely able to walk or barely tie his shoes.

“I had so many surgeries. Probably 30 or 40 surgeries,” Lawal said. “I remember the first time I had anesthesia when I had my ACL done, I went right to the movies and watched a movie after that. Now as I’ve gotten older when I get the anesthesia, I don’t know where I’m at. I look all jacked up. My last surgery, I was like this is my last surgery because my body don’t act the same.”

“My hip was messed up since before the [Gegard] Mousasi fight. It was getting worse and worse. At one point before the Quinton Jackson fight, I got a cortisone shot and I went back to get another the next week because it was that bad. When they injected me, they couldn’t even get into my hip. The doctor had to pull my hip and another one had to find the space to inject it.”

“I’m going to be around the sport,” Lawal said of his post-fight career plans. “I’m going to be in MMA, maybe dip into boxing and help some fighters out in boxing. Michael Hunter, I’m talking to him. He almost fought Anthony Joshua but Joshua picked Andrew Ruiz and we saw how that turned out for Anthony Joshua. Michael Hunter is right in the mix, I’ve known him since 2005 when he was an amateur. I’ve been helping him, I’ve been sparring with him. So when he comes down, I’m going to help him get ready.

“Coaching, giving back the information I’ve received from coaches in the past. It’s a great option.”


Initial Report: MMA Fighting

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