Muhammed Lawal, more popularly known as King Mo, will look to advance in the Bellator MMA Heavyweight Grand Prix and move one step closer to earning the organization’s title when he faces current light heavyweight champion Ryan Bader, May 12. Mo sits down with Tony Reid of MyMMANews.com ahead of his upcoming Bellator 199 first round tournament fight.
Tony Reid – What is something that the world doesn’t know about you?
King Mo – “I love TV. I watch a lot of reality TV. I love Hip Hop Atlanta and Hip Hop New York, The Real Housewives of Atlanta, The Real Housewives of Orange County. I am a TV head. My show is American Horror Story. That’s my show right there.”
TR – What is the best advice you could give to a younger Mo?
KM – “Stop and enjoy life. Enjoy the moment. That is one thing I can tell you. After a fight I don’t really celebrate victories. I just go back to my room and chill. I want to start enjoying myself and my time.”
TR – What is your inspiration to fight?
KM – “I do it because I think it’s fun. I enjoy training, I enjoy it all. I like to get paid. I ain’t trying to be a broke world champion or a broke fighter. I love training. I love going to the gym. I love grappling. I love wrestling. I love boxing and I love kickboxing. I like the sport but the culture I don’t really care for.”
TR – What is the best memory from your first fight?
KM – “I was so broke that when I was flying to Japan I couldn’t even pay for my bags. I actually had to borrow money to have enough to fly my bags to Japan.”
TR – What was the best moment in your career so far?
KM – “Just training. That’s the best time. I love being in the gym and training.”
TR – What is the one thing that differentiates MMA from to other sports?
KM – “It’s one on one combat. Whether it’s MMA, boxing, kickboxing or wrestling. You are out there testing your skills against another man. Any time you have one on one combat you will have a test of wills, a test of strength, and a test of speed, quickness, agility and smarts.”
TR – Who has been your best opponent?
KM – “Myself. When it comes down to it you are competing against yourself. You might be fighting another man but you are your own biggest opponent when it comes right down to it.”
TR – Best way to get pumped before a fight?
KM – “For me, nothing but for other fighters, just look at your bank account. If it’s low, then you need to get your ass warming up and go get that check.”
TR – What was your favorite job before becoming a fighter?
KM – “Being an amateur wrestler.”
TR – If you could choose three people past or present who are you having over to the crib for dinner?
KM – “I would have Muhammad Ali, Walter Payton and my mom.”
TR – Best guilty pleasure?
KM – “Sweets, man. I have a sweet tooth. It can be anything, black jelly beans. It can be ice cream, caramel popcorn, chocolate peanut butter cups or Snickers. If its sweet and it tastes good I am going to eat it!”
TR – What is the best lesson life has handed you?
KM – “Something my mom taught we was to be myself. Don’t try to be something you’re not.”