‘King Mo’ Lawal had a heck of an MMA career. He has fought and beaten some of the top names in the sport like Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson, Cheick Kongo, and Gegard Mousasi among others.
Yet, something he never had the chance to do was fight in the UFC. However, he doesn’t care about that as all he wanted to do was make money fighting.
“My goal was to come into MMA, make money, have a good time and just fight,” the former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion said to MMA Junkie. “Some of these people that are fighting act like fans more than fighters. I’m sorry, man, I fight for money. I fought for money.
“I’m not going to be like, ‘I’ll fight these people for free just to be there.’ Hell to the no, never. But I’ve seen a lot of broke champions. Just because you’re fighting doesn’t mean you made it. You’ve got to make a name for yourself and get these W’s. There might be different paths, you know what I’m saying, but just get the W’s, have some fun, grow as a fighter and then go when you go. Don’t just chase something because everyone’s doing it or everybody wants to be there.”
Although fighting in the UFC is considered the goal for most fighters, Lawal doesn’t think that. Rather, he has no regrets about trying to compete in the Las Vegas-based promotion.
“Even if you take the longer journey trying to get there, take the longer journey, but it will pay off in the long run,” Lawal said. “Ask (Justin) Gaethje, ask Ben Askren. They took a longer route, but now they’re at the top of the UFC. They’re doing their thing, so with me, I feel like I did my thing. I had a good time doing what I do. No regrets.”
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime