"It's going to be for Legacy Fighting Championship on April 12th out in Dallas, Texas. We haven't really confirmed an opponent, but I think it will be this guy with 3 or 4 fights. I don't want to say his name just in case things change, but I'm sure it will be him. I'm looking to get in there and see what I can do. We will see what happens. I got a good group of training partners been really getting me ready for this fight," stated mixed martial artist Bull Lawal, brother of former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion King Mo Lawal, as he talked about his upcoming MMA debut. Check it out!
PC: You jumped into this MMA thing not too long ago and are already set to make your debut in April. How is it going?
BL: It's going real good. I'm just training a lot and learning from my brother and what not. I'm training at Octagon MMA in Dallas and going to different gyms. I'm working with Steve Wright and he's been helping me out tremendously.
PC: Was the move to MMA strictly influenced by your brother King Mo Lawal or is this something you have wanted to do for a while now?
BL: I was thinking about it. A lot of people were asking me why I didn't fight. I can't hoop anymore. I mean, I played in some leagues, but it's like it was the NBA or nothing, so I decided to start fighting.
PC: I know your debut is either at 205 or a catchweight, if I'm not mistaken. Is 205 gonna be your home as well?
BL: Nah, I think my first fight will be at 205Â…well, 195, a catchweight. I walk around about 215 right now, so it should be an easy cut. Actually, I never cut weight before, but I think it will be an easy cut. But eventually, I think I will fight at 185. We will see.
PC: Who will be your trainer?
BL: Sayif, who is the head coach at Octagon. You know Sayif?
PC: Yeah, that's my man.
BL: Yeah, he will be training me. I was supposed to go out there with Paulie Ayala and he is going to be my boxing coach, but I haven't got out there yet. But I usually do my striking with Steve Wright and my wrestling with David Bertolino, and my brother of course. When he gets his fight out of the way, he's supposed to come help me with my wrestling.
PC: Has it been hard, knowing the wrestling pedigree that your brother has, not being able to work with him because you guys are currently in different states?
BL: After my first fight, I'm gonna go out there and get with him in Vegas. He's been asking me to come out there. I think I'm gonna do that. But it's not hard. We got David and he's been there and he's one of the best wrestling coaches around, so he helps me out a lot. And, I'm not really a natural, but I've been watching it so much, I know my way around the ring a little bit.
PC: Being that you are an athlete, because you played high-level basketball before, fighting is different, so what has been the hardest thing to get used to?
BL: Just basically taking a hit. In basketball, the closest thing to taking a hit is a charge, and that's nothing like being punched in the face, so just adjusting to taking a hit, staying in the pocket, and throwing and getting out of the way; also adjusting to fighting off of the cage and getting my cardio up too. I'm used to running sprints, but now sprints don't really do anything in this. It's mostly grappling, and you use so many different muscles grapping and fighting, so just getting used to that.
PC: Tell us about the debut in April.
BL: Yeah, it's going to be for Legacy Fighting Championship on April 12th out in Dallas, Texas. We haven't really confirmed an opponent, but I think it will be this guy with 3 or 4 fights. I don't want to say his name just in case things change, but I'm sure it will be him. I'm looking to get in there and see what I can do. We will see what happens. I got a good group of training partners been really getting me ready for this fight.
PC: What are you looking to gauge or find out about yourself from this fight?
BL: Really just to see if I can compete. I have never really competed by myself. It's always been a team thing and it's on me now, so I want to see what I can do.
PC: Is there any added pressure being that you are King Mo's brother and the last name will bring out your opponent's best?
BL: Yeah, definitely, but that's being a Lawal. Everyone will always look at me as Mo's brother, so I'm sure they will bring it, but it doesn't bother me at all.
PC: Good luck to you in April. I'm sure we will speak again before then. Is there anything you want to say in closing?
BL: I just want to thank all of my trainers at Octagon MMA gym. Josh Gibson, Coach Sayif, and Steve Wright. I gotta thank you for interviewing me and Shawn Bunch because he shouted me out in your interview with him (laughing).
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