“King Mo” Lawal Announces Retirement
By FCF Staff
Following Alexander Gustafsson’s retirement announcement, “King Mo” Lawal has also announced that he’s hanging up the gloves.
The 38-year-old, decorated fighter announced on Monday that he’s walking away from professional fighting. While discussing his decision with MMA Fighting, Lawal said this:
“It’s been on my mind for a while,” Lawal said. “I just put it in the back of my head. It was the pain from the injuries that was messing me up and my lack of range of motion from my hip and my knee. I’ve been fighting most of my career with no legs, a messed up knee or a messed up hip and after I had that hip surgery where they put titanium metal in my hip, it kind of made me think — I’m going to need a knee replacement, I’m going to need an elbow replacement, I’m going to need a hip replacement.
“I was like I’m getting old, I’m 38, I’ve got kids. I can’t even run right now. I can’t even jog really. I’m that bad. It’s to the point where if I can’t jog or sprint or be explosive, then I’ve got to stop.”
The accomplished wrestler retires from MMA having gone 21-9. Lawal, who was stopped by Jiri Prochazka last month, won Strikeforce’s 205 title during his career as well as Rizin’s heavyweight grand-prix in 2015.