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TNA signs MMA Fighter "King Mo"
« on: 11 May 2012, 03:58:16 AM »
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Former Light Heavyweight Champ to Fight for Bellator in 2013
And Join the Stars of TNA Wrestling This Summer

New York, NY, May 10, 2012 – In an unprecedented move, one of the biggest names in mixed martial arts, “King Mo” Lawal, has signed a deal to compete in Spike TV’s two major sports properties, Bellator Fighting Championships and TNA’s IMPACT Wrestling. “King Mo” will join the stars of TNA this summer and resume his mixed martial arts career next year when Bellator Fighting Championships moves to Spike TV from its current television home, MTV2. The deal was jointly announced today by Kevin Kay, President, Spike TV along with Bjorn Rebney, Chairman & CEO, Bellator Fighting Championships and Dixie Carter, President, TNA Entertainment.

“‘King Mo’ is an incredible athlete and a great addition to the Bellator family. He immediately adds prominence and star-power to our light heavyweight division,” said Rebney.

“‘King Mo’ is the perfect athlete for this type of alliance. He is the real deal in MMA, and his bold personality and world class wrestling accomplishments are unparalleled. I’m confident he will have a major impact in both sports,” stated Carter.

Lawal (10-1-1) launched his mixed martial arts career in 2008, and after four straight wins, he faced off against his toughest challenge, renowned fighter Mark Kerr. “King Mo” knocked out Kerr in the first round, and eight months later he defeated Gegard Mousasi in a Light Heavyweight world title fight. Lawal also holds an impressive KO victory against multiple Brazilian jiu-jitsu world championship winner Roger Gracie in September 2011.

“This deal is a dream come true for me,” Lawal said. “Bjorn and Dixie have given me the opportunity to engage in my two great loves, mixed martial arts and professional wrestling, at the same time. And, to have it all on Spike TV is really buttercream icing on a big ol’ cake – not that whipped cream stuff either!”

Lawal rose to grappling acclaim as a NCAA Division I All-American wrestler at Oklahoma State University in 2003 and a three-time U.S. National Champion (2005, 2006, and 2008) in the 84 kilogram division. In 2007, as a member of the US National team, he brought home a gold medal at the Pan American Games and a silver medal at the World Cup.

A native of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Lawal lives in San Jose, Calif. and trains with the prominent American Kickboxing Academy.

You guys watch MMA way more than i ever have, Is this guy any sort of big deal? i never heard of him.



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Re: TNA signs MMA Fighter "King Mo"
« Reply #1 on: 11 May 2012, 02:45:42 PM »
Never heard of the clown, and I watch a good amount of MMA.Maybe TNA think they can do what they tried to do with Bobby Lashley, and have him wrestle and do MMA, but that flopped, and we will see if he can has anything to interest us in the coming months.

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Re: TNA signs MMA Fighter "King Mo"
« Reply #2 on: 12 May 2012, 10:42:53 PM »
King Mo rules, should easily make the transition to MMA. He was probably headed to the UFC if he didn't get popped for roids.


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Re: TNA signs MMA Fighter "King Mo"
« Reply #3 on: 12 May 2012, 11:26:48 PM »
Do steroids? Go to TNA.



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Re: TNA signs MMA Fighter "King Mo"
« Reply #4 on: 21 May 2012, 01:44:48 PM »
Yeah, I don't know much about him, but this is a good move for Spike TV. It's great cross promotion between Belator and TNA, which means we'll probably see more cross-adverts back and forth once Belator really gets moving. Really, I don't mind this, especially because they can use King Mo in a beneficial way on Impact. The opposite of that is what WWE and USA does, which is just have their actors come over to promote their shows and get into 2-bit segments backstage that really take away from the show.
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Re: TNA signs MMA Fighter "King Mo"
« Reply #5 on: 21 May 2012, 09:25:42 PM »
I would rather someone with no talent on the ring spend 2o seconds in some backstage segment than to be a main part of my show taking up a lot of TV time that other guys with talent should  have.

If he's going to actually train to become a wrestler and he is actually good at it then i'll give it a chance.