M-1 Breakthrough: “King” Mo Lawal vs. Mark Kerr...A Quick Take

TimCorrespondent IAugust 29, 2009

LAS VEGAS - JUNE 15:  Andy Hrvot (red) is thrown by Mo Lawal (blue) in the Freestyle 84kg division championship match during the USA Olympic trials for wrestling and judo on June 15, 2008 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Neveda.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

M-1 Global had their first show on American soil on Aug. 28.  This card was also to be the North American debut of rising star “King” Mo Lawal, in a match up with Don Frye.

What once looked like a promising card took a big hit when Don Frye pulled out (due to a conflict with M-1 Global) and King Mo was without an opponent for the main event.

Enter Mark Kerr, on a four-fight losing streak. Kerr is now 2–10 in his last 12 fights.

Also on the card was a sparring exhibition between Fedor Emilianenko and Gegard Mousasi.  This was the second high-profile exhibition match that Fedor has taken part in. The other match was against Shinya Aoki earlier this year.


Event results as follows:

Muhammed Lawal def. Mark Kerr via TKO (Punches) at 0:25 of R1
Karl Amoussou def. John Doyle via Submission (RNC) at 3:15 of R1
Lucio Linhares def. Mikhail Zayats via Submission (RNC) at 1:00 of R1
Jessie Gibbs def. Rob Broughton via Unanimous Decision
Michael Kita def. Lloyd "Kadillac" Marshbanks via Sub (Strikes) at 1:50 of R1
Daisuke Nakamura def. Ferrid "The Hurricane" Kheder via Unanimous Decision
Alexey Oleinik drew with Rogent Lloret
Eric Marriott vs. Tim Bazer via Unanimous Decision
Sean "P-Town" Wilson vs. Josh Arocho via KO at 3:05 of R1
Rudy Bears def. Brendan Seguin via TKO (Punches) at 1:01 of R2
Mollie Ahlers-Estes def. Andria Caplan via TKO (Doctor Stoppage) at 3:00 of R1


It should be noted Fedor won his exhibition match against Mousasi via armbar.


Questions / Notes:

The top end of the card was full of one-sided fights.  This is an excellent way to showcase potential future stars, but not a way to create interesting fights. 

Will M-1 send talent to Strikeforce?

After his victory, Karl Amoussou expressed interest in a move to Strikeforce. Strikeforce needs to make the best out of their arrangement with M-1. 

Even if the M-1 fighters primarily fight on cards with Fedor, the additional fighters will add depth and match up options that Strikeforce is desperately in need of. 

Who and where will King Mo fight next?

Mo Lawal made quick work out of a tomato can.  He is a free agent looking to be signed and needs to step up his level of competition.  I know it isn’t his fault Don Frye backed out, but it would be interesting to see him face a legit challenge.

If the Fedor / Aoki and Fedor / Mousasi fights are indeed exhibition matches, why are we keeping score? 

As Fedor entered the ring they highlighted his 1 – 0 exhibition record.  Does this matter? It seems to me they are working a little too hard on the “Fedor is the greatest” routine.

Another note on the exhibition; Mousasi really looked to be taking it easy; Aoki had better throws in his match with Fedor.  All that said, the exhibition match was fun and probably the highlight of the card.