Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal: MMA fighter, pro wrestler...and boxer? If Lawal has his way, then yes.
Recently, Bloody Elbow uncovered that Lawal actually had a boxing clause placed in his contract with Bellator Fighting Championships. When Bloody Elbow writer Stephie Daniels (a.k.a. "Crooklyn") asked Lawal to elaborate, he did—he also mentioned famed Internet brawler Kimbo Slice as a potential opponent.
"I got a boxing clause in my contract," Lawal said. "[Bellator CEO] Bjorn [Rebney] said that he was going to get me fights. But the thing with the contract is that we gotta agree on the opponent. But someone like Kimbo Slice? I'd be alright. We could hype that up, they can get behind me."
Slice—whose real name is Kevin Ferguson—had a 4-2 run in MMA before he turned to professional boxing, where he is currently undefeated at 6-0. His most recent win was in October 2012.
"I think King Mo vs. Kimbo Slice would be a good boxing match," said Lawal. "I got good training, he's got good training. I want to make it happen. So my main goal is to get through this tournament, win it, defend it, defend the belt once or twice and after that get that fight with Kimbo."
This may be more than just errant daydreaming on Lawal's part. A recent report by Dave Meltzer of MMAFighting.com indicated that Spike TV was interested in expanding outside of MMA.
Perhaps Spike can achieve some sort of holy trinity as far as combat sports on TV is concerned. The network has adequate MMA programming with Bellator (and if Bellator's Spike TV debut on Jan. 17 is as good as it says it'll be, then Spike will have more-than-adequate MMA programming), it may someday have kickboxing and if King Mo has his way, it will have a boxing match that's sure to do well ratings-wise.
King Mo is an ambitious personality. Bellator is an ambitious MMA promotion. Spike TV is an ambitious network. The synergy of all three of these entities will be something truly memorable and unique. Don't change the channel anytime soon.
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