"I'm ready dog. I'm ready to do this, fight on Showtime and represent Dallas, Texas. I'm just ready to do my thang because it's about time I showcase my skills to the United States on cable TV
I don't know who it's going to be or at what weight to be honest. I heard Mike Whitehead and a couple of other names, but I'm not for sure yet. My debut might be at heavyweight. I'll go up there; I'm just trying to find a fight," stated newly signed undefeated light heavyweight Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal as he talked about his upcoming Strikeforce debut. Check it out!
PC: What's going on with you mayne?
KM: I've been in Colorado doing my thang and listening to these haters dog.
PC: Yeah, I know you hit me up yesterday saying that there were some things out there about you being racist. I know you wanted to clear all of that up. What's up with that?
KM: Yeah, I got some emails after that Strikeforce post-event interview I did with MMAFanhouse. I got a few emails from people saying I'm racist and then my brother and my training partner called me about comments that people were saying about me. They said people calling me a gorilla and saying this and that about me. I asked my boy, Daniel Cormier, to go check it out because I haven't seen it for myself, but he was like, "Yeah, they bashing you." He said, "I don't know why, but they just talking bad about you saying that you are a racist."
PC: That's crazy because you train with one of the most diverse camps out there, right?
KM: Alright, check this out. My head coach is white; check! My boxing coach is Mexican; check! My Kickboxing coach is Filipino; check! And my Jiu Jitsu coaches, one is from Brazil and one from South America. Man I train with people from all over. One of my Kickboxing sparring partners is from Thailand and another one is from Russia; check! I got someone from every continent dog, except Africa, and my boy Peter Graham is from Australia. My boy Conrad, I used to wrestle with him, he from South America. I got every continent except Africa and Antarctica. I'm cool as hell with Evan Shoman, the artist, and he Jewish.
PC: What did you think of the Fedor/Rogers event as a whole?
KM: It was a great event. I just think that all of these fans out there automatically think because Fedor is fighting somebody, he's just going to run right through them. That's all I was saying because Brett Rogers went out there and fought hard and it upped his stock, in my opinion, because he didn't just lay down for Fedor. He made Fedor work to get that knockout. He had Fedor bleeding and before the fight, you see all of these predictions that had Fedor by 1st round brutal knockout. Nah mayne! The 1st round was pretty close. They should have showed the women's fight. They were banging. Fabricio's fight with Silva was a real good fight and it was close. They were banging and it was far from boring. My boy Mayhem got outwrestled. He could have done a better fight, but he lost a close fight. Sokoudjou made Mousasi work for that win. It's not like he went in there and laid down and the same thing for the main event.
PC: My boy had a chance to meet you out there in Chicago right before the fans rushed you. I heard you got a lot of love. What was the reception like for you?
KM: Aw mayne, I got some love out there honestly. I didn't know people knew who I was like that. I ain't know people knew me like that. I just know a lot of people hate on me and say I'm overhyped and I fought a bunch of cans, so I was shocked to get so much love. But you know how it goes. When I fought Travis Wiuff, he was on a 10-fight winning streak.
PC: You are out there in Colorado training for your Strikeforce debut. How pumped are you to make that debut?
KM: Mayne, you don't understand. I'm ready dog. I'm ready to do this, fight on Showtime and represent Dallas, Texas. I'm just ready to do my thang because it's about time I showcase my skills to the United States on cable TV.
PC: I have been hearing Mike Whitehead as your first opponent, I'm guessing at 205. Is that secured yet?
KM: I don't know who it's going to be or at what weight to be honest. I heard Mike Whitehead and a couple of other names, but I'm not for sure yet. My debut might be at heavyweight. I'll go up there; I'm just trying to find a fight.
PC: So you are the Paul Williams of MMA?
KM: (Laughing) Yep!
PC: Williams is from welterweight to super middleweight. What are your weight classes, middleweight to heavyweight?
KM: Middleweight would be a hard cut, but if they paid the right amount, you will see your boy at middleweight.
PC: I know you catch a lot of heat for saying you have the style to beat Fedor and you reiterated that after the Rogers fight. What do you think you bring to the table that would give Fedor fits?
KM: Here is the thing. Brett Rogers was doing well with the jab while he was moving and Fedor couldn't find him with that big right hand. The thing is Fedor usually could move better than the guys he is fighting, but it's different when he is fighting a guy with a good jab and could move. Arlovski could move somewhat and was giving him angles and he gave him problems. If you could move, you could give Fedor problems.
PC: I'm waiting for the debut man, like I'm sure a lot of people are for various reasons. Good luck in December. Is there anything you want to say in closing?
KM: Team Thirsty dog, it's going down mayne!