I bet you are like, “what the hell are you talking about?”. Well my friend, it seems that King Mo Lawal is about to ink a deal with both TNA IMPACT Wrestling and Bellator. Yes, thats right. Lawal is about to be the face of Spike TV with this deal and its especially good timing considering that Bellator will be moving to Spike TV in 2013 since UFC had a clause prohibiting them from promotion a MMA show on their own TV station.
Lawal has always said that he want to pursue wrestling when he was done with MMA so this might be a transitional phase where he sparks the Bellator brand and makes the move to TNA wrestling full-time. Personally, I think its a good deal for Mo since he grew up a huge wrestling fan and has always wanted to do it and with all the bad luck he’s been having this past year, I’m extremely excited for him.
With the WWE signing Brock and now TNA having Mo, are we to expect a new era of pro-wrestling that ushers in MMA fighters that can no longer do the “real” thing? Like being real matters, its all about the product. Oh, you don’t believe me, just look at the box office records that “The Avengers” broke then you can tell me that “fake” doesn’t sell.
Updated with Press Release
KING MO, BELLATOR AND TNA WRESTLING JOIN FORCES FOR UNPRECEDENTED ALLIANCE ON SPIKE TV
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.