John Heinis: This fight looks like a joke on paper, but let's not overlook the fact that Larkin is 12-0 in his MMA career, scoring eight knockouts along the way.
Of course, the level of competition has not been elite, but given that Larkin is only 25 years old, he still deserves a lot of credit.
However, Larkin is basically a solid boxer that knows how to mix in leg kicks, so it will not be easy for him to overcome "King Mo's" takedowns.
A former NCAA division II National Champion wrestler, Mo is known for having some great boxing in his own right, but he still has excellent takedowns and top control.
The best example of this was when he defeated Gegard Mousasi, a very dangerous striker, for the Strikeforce light heavyweight title in April of 2010.
Larkin is a guy to watch this year, and many years to come, but I think King Mo will be too much, too soon.
Muhammed Lawal via unanimous decision (30-27)
Dwight Wakabayashi: Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal has been preoccupied recently trying to pick a fight in the UFC with Quinton Rampage Jackson.
Lawal is an experienced veteran fighter, with a name and following, looking at his next opponent Lorenz Larkin, you can't blame him for being a bit bored.
Larkin is 12-0 in his career with eight knockouts, but he has not faced anyone of any significance to establish his level of talent.
Lawal has power, experience and a formidable wrestling background in which to draw from while Larkin has a power puncher's chance.
Many in the MMA world are looking for bigger and better things for King Mo in 2012. I don't see Larkin getting in the way.
Lawal will be as good as he gets in the stand-up, while using takedowns and top control to set up the fatal blow.
Muhammed Lawal via second round KO
Dale De Souza: King Mo went to a rival high school to the one I graduated from. From there, he developed a pretty decorated and overlooked wrestling pedigree, winning UIL awards before forging one of the most decorated amateur wrestling careers.
From there, it seemed natural that the former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion would try his hand at MMA. Sure enough, he now owns wins against Gegard Mousasi and Roger Gracie as part of the success he’s achieved in only an almost 10-fight career.
Mo’s wrestling is a caliber of wrestling that Lorenz “The Monsoon” Larkin has not encountered in a twelve-fight career, but even in the fights in which Larkin was taken down, Larkin still found a way to prevail by using his striking, and he even scored a rather unexpected takedown on Gian Villante when the two collided last June.
If history has taught us anything—and in MMA, it has taught us only so many things—it’s that Mo has good punching power, definite knockout power, and great wrestling.
However, the last time he faced a guy that could punish him even close to how Larkin will want to punish him was when Mo went to Houston to oppose Rafael Cavalcante. Despite getting a few takedowns, the man known as “Feijao” dismantled Mo on the feet.
Mo knows he’ll probably have to pick his times to go in for takedowns, because even one minor thought about standing up to a man that lays in strikes the way Larkin does is basically Mo’s prayer to get knocked out somehow.
Mo can try to test Larkin’s chin if he so desires, but he should know that not even a well-timed shot will produce the same result on Larkin that Mo got from Gracie.
As long as Larkin has prepared for Lawal's wrestling and improved his takedown defense enough to force Mo to stand, Larkin should be able to come through in what could be the breakout vvictory of Larkin’s career.
Lorenz Larkin by Round 3 KO (leg kicks)
Brian Lopez-Benchimol: Even though he's undersized as a light heavyweight, Larkin has been able to maintain his undefeated record thanks to his punching power, speed, technique and pure athleticsm.
His lone defect has been his wrestling. In his most recent outings against both Gian Villante and Nick Rossborough, Larkin has shown that he is trying to close those gaps as quickly as possible.
The mending won't come soon enough as the wily striker takes on one of the best amateur wrestlers to enter the sport in recent years, former world champion Muhammed Lawal, aka King Mo.
Mo will out-muscle his smaller foe each time they clinch, driving him to the canvas, where Larkin will have little to offer the prestigious grappling skills of Lawal, who has continued to hone his technique with the AKA crew.
Eventually, those heavy ground-and-pound blows will wilt Larkin, who will fail to make it out of the final round.
King Mo defeats Lorenz Larkin by TKO, Rd. 3