Muhammed Lawal's Blogs

  • Thursday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood



    Thursday



    4:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Best of Georges St. Pierre, GSP's 10 month rehab; Jon Anik travels to Montreal for an interview with the welterweight champ.

    4:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: Training Day
    All-access look inside the Tristar Gym in Montreal where current UFC welterweight title holder Georges St. Pierre trains.

    5:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Roundtable
    The UFC's top welterweight fighters Renzo Gracie, George St. Pierre, B.J. Penn and Matt Serra.

    6:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Roundtable
    Welterweights II Jay Glazer sits down and gets personal with the UFC's top welterweight fighters.

    6:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 79: Georges St. Pierre vs Matt Hughes; Chuck Liddell vs Wanderlei Silva.

    9:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: Ultimate Matt Hughes
    An in-depth look into the Hall of Fame career of former Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes.

    10:00 p.m. ET SpikeTV: Bellator MMA Live
    EPISODE: 6 Featherweight Tournament Final: Shahbulat Shamhalaev vs. Rad Martinez. Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal: Muhammed Lawal vs. Emanuel Newton. From West Valley City, Utah.

    11:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 17 Episode 5: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen: The Reflection of Perfection Mickey Rourke visits Team Sonnen to share insights from his days as a boxer; coach Jones wonders if a competitor is ready to fight; two fighters meet for the fourth preliminary fight.

    11:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet Pacific:UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    11:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet Ontario: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    11:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet East: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    12:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Primetime
    Inside the day-to-day lives of first-ever UFC female champion Ronda Rousey, and her challenger Liz Carmouche.

    12:00 a.m. ET SpikeTV: Bellator 360
    The Featherweights are highlighted with guest Pat Curran.

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  • Raised to Speak His Mind, King Mo Says He Doesn’t Fit the UFC Model By: Sherdog.com Staff

    Muhammed Lawal, on “Beatdown,” discussing whether he could be a bigger star in Bellator than in the UFC:

    “For me to become a bigger star, I’ve got to win this tournament first and then I’ve got to keep winning and defending my belt. Second, with the UFC, I don’t fit their model. Look at me. I’m not no ass kisser. Not to bash some of the fighters, but some of them boys are on mute. They can’t speak their mind. They’re scared, and that’s not me. My mama raised me to speak my mind.”

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  • Podcast: Anthony Pettis, 'King Mo' By: Sherdog.com Staff

    TJ De Santis and Jeff Sherwood returned to The Sherdog Radio Network Monday for another edition of “Beatdown.” Joining them were mixed martial artists and former champions, Anthony Pettis and Muhammed Lawal.

    Fresh off his “Knockout of the Night” winning performance at the UFC on Fox 6, Pettis joined TJ and Jeff to talk about his stoppage of Donald Cerrone. Pettis breaks down the kick that stopped the Greg Jackson product, his unorthodox style of striking and how he has changed mentally since his loss to Clay Guida. “Showtime” also chats about who he feels will win between champion Benson Henderson and Gilbert Melendez, and if he truly believes he is going to fight the winner of that bout next.

    It’s been a long road back to active competition for Lawal. “King Mo” joined “Beatdown” to discuss his successful Bellator MMA debut. The former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion recounts his battle with staph infection, how it returned to his knee in October and how it felt to return to the cage after a year away. Lawal also shares his thoughts on if the Bellator tournament is honestly the “toughest tournament” in sports.

    TJ and Jeff also share their thoughts on the UFC on Fox card, take listener calls and emails, and discuss the latest happenings in the world of mixed martial arts. Listen to “Beatdown” here.

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  • Thursday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood



    Thursday



    3:00 a.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage: Classics Vol. 9
    A historic collection of matchups.

    4:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Preview all the official news, views, and action for FOX 6: Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson.

    4:00 a.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage: Greatest KO's 8
    The best collection of knock outs ever caught on camera and featuring some of today's biggest stars in MMA.

    4:30 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    EPISODE: 100

    5:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Unleashed
    Featuring Chris Leben vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama; B.J. Penn vs. Matt Hughes; George Sotiropoulos vs. Joe Lauzon.

    6:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Best of 2012: The Year in Review
    Relive the thrilling action of the best bouts, the greatest knockouts and submissions.

    9:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Gray Maynard vs. Clay Guida Prelims
    Longtime lightweight rivals Spencer Fisher and Sam Stout, and featherweights Ross Pearson and Cub Swanson.

    3:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC's Road to the Octagon
    UFC's main event fighters train for their upcoming bout inside the Octagon.

    4:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Preview all the official news, views, and action for FOX 6: Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson.

    4:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    EPISODE: 100

    5:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 79: St-Pierre vs. Hughes Georges St. Pierre vs Matt Hughes; Chuck Liddell vs Wanderlei Silva..

    8:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Tonight
    Preview all the official news, views, and action for FOX 6: Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson.

    8:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Ultimate Insider
    EPISODE: 100

    9:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Unleashed
    Featuring Chris Leben vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama; B.J. Penn vs. Matt Hughes; George Sotiropoulos vs. Joe Lauzon.

    9:00 p.m. ET The Score: The Score Fighting Series
    The Score Fighting Series (SFS) features fighters from North America and beyond with a focus on exciting match-ups and developing the next generation of great fighters. Tune in for non-stop action from events across the country.

    10:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Unleashed
    Benson Henderson vs. Clay Guida from UFC on FOX; Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard from UFC 136.

    10:00 p.m. ET SpikeTV: Bellator MMA Live
    Season 1 Episode 2: EPISODE: 2 Ben Askren defends his Welterweight World Championship title against Karl Amoussou; Muhammed Lawal vs. Przemyslaw Mysiala, light heavyweight quarterfinal match . From Thackerville, Okla.

    11:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 17 Episode 1: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen - Enter the OctagonTwenty-eight middleweights arrive in Las Vegas for a shot at a UFC contract; coaches Chael Sonnen and UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones evaluate the winners of 14 elimination fights.

    11:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet East: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    11:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet Ontario: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    12:00 a.m. ET SpikeTV: Bellator MMA Live
    Season 1 Episode 2: EPISODE: 2 Ben Askren defends his Welterweight World Championship title against Karl Amoussou; Muhammed Lawal vs. Przemyslaw Mysiala, light heavyweight quarterfinal match . From Thackerville, Okla.

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  • Audio: Bellator 86 Conference Call By: Mike Fridley



    Muhammed Lawal, Ben Askren, Karl Amoussou and Bjorn Rebney talk with the press on Friday's Bellator 86 media conference call.

    Audio from the call is available in the player above.

    Follow the jump for reader comments.

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  • Dave Meltzer Joins Press Row By: Jordan Breen

    Every Wednesday, Administrative Editor Jordan Breen welcomes a member of the mixed martial arts media into “Press Row” on the Sherdog.com blog. This week, Breen is joined by Wrestling Observer Newsletter founder and editor Dave Meltzer.

    With Bellator's eighth season kickoff slated for Thursday in Irvine, Calif., Breen and Meltzer discuss the season's potential and importance for the company, now owned by Viacom and broadcasting live on Spike. The two delve into what kind of ratings can be expected, the role pro-wrestling organization TNA will play as a lead-in for the first live event on Spike, the configuration of the live card and Bellator's struggle to make television stars in the MMA game.

    The pair discuss the signing and promotion of Muhammed Lawal, his stint in TNA and the shortcomings of the idea, why Josh Barnett might be the best candidate for a simultaneous Bellator-TNA fighting-wrestling star and the negative ramifications of Bellator's negotiations with Eddie Alvarez.

    Grab your credential and get a seat in “Press Row.”

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  • King Mo: All Contracts Favor Promotions, Not Fighters By: Sherdog.com Staff

    Muhammed Lawal, on “Beatdown,” discussing fighter contracts:

    “Name me one organization that has a favorable contract toward the fighters and you just told me an organization that failed. Let’s be real. These people are out there talking like, ‘These contracts blah, blah, blah.’ All the contracts are the same. They’re geared to be in favor of the company, not the fighters, because if that was the case, then all these companies that had favorable contracts for the fighters would be out of business. People are just dumb. They don’t use logic or have any type of business sense. You’ve got to see it as a business. I feel for Eddie Alvarez. I know he’s going through a battle, but Bellator has an argument and Eddie Alvarez has an argument. They’ll go to court and they’ll figure it out.”

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  • Podcast: ‘King’ Mo Lawal, Pat Curran By: Sherdog.com Staff

    TJ De Santis and Jeff Sherwood returned to the Sherdog Radio Network on Wednesday for another edition of "Beatdown." Joining them were Bellator fighters "King" Muhammed Lawal and featherweight champion Pat Curran.

    Curran makes his comeback next Thursday in Irvine, Calif., after suffering a fracture to his orbital bone in training last August. Standing across from him will be tournament winner Patricio Freire. Curran talks about training, the fight at hand, and what this fight means to him and his career.

    Lawal has also been absent from active competition. The former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion has had an interesting year. From testing positive for a banned substance, getting released by Strikeforce, and battling a serious bout with staph the former Oklahoma State Cowboy looks to make his Bellator debut on Jan. 24. Lawal joined "Beatdown" to talk about his opponent and what he expects from the upcoming light heavyweight tournament.

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  • Poll: ‘King Mo’ in Bellator



    Follow the jump for reader comments.

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  • Podcast: ‘King’ Mo Lawal By: Sherdog.com Staff

    TJ De Santis and Jeff Sherwood were back on the Sherdog Radio Network on Wednesday for another edition of “Beatdown.” Joining them was former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion “King” Mo Lawal.

    Lawal returned to the SRN for another debate against De Santis. Overseeing the battle was Sherwood, who acted as moderator. The two men tackled a variety of MMA topics, including the future of women’s mixed martial arts, testosterone replacement therapy and if the sport is even a sport at all. You’re not going to want to miss this knockdown, drag-out, 12-round verbal sparring session.

    Check out this radio scrap here.

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