Scott Coker just picked up one of the hottest prospects in all of mixed martial arts by signing Muhammed ‘Kingo Mo’ Lawal to a multi-fight deal. King Mo is undefeated in five fights thus far in his career and was last seen battering a geriatric Mark Kerr at M-1 Global: Breakthrough. The 28 year old is no doubt a solid addition to a light heavyweight division desparately in need of fresh blood.
Gegard Mousasi won the Strikeforce light heavyweight crown from Renato ‘Babalu’ Sobral a few months back after a series of vicious strikes. The champ will next meet Pride stand-out (and UFC wash-out) Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou at “Fedor vs. Rogers” on November 7th in a non-title affair, but after that there doesn’t seem to be a wealth of worthy contenders whatsoever. Considering how thin Strikeforce’s 205-pound class is, Lawal could conceivably get a crack at the belt after a dominant showing in his promotional debut.
As for potential opponents, Kevin ‘The Pharmacy’ Randleman seems like an appropriate match-up for ‘King Mo.’ The “aging-yet-experienced veteran” scrapping with the “young up-and-comer” is a narrative that never seems to get old. Notable examples include Evans vs. Liddell, Dos Santos vs. Cro Cop, Lesnar vs. Couture, and, my personal favorite, Geimer vs. Polanski.