Highly-decorated wrestler Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal will make his MMA debut against Travis Wiuff at "Sengoku 5" this Sunday, September 28 in Japan.
Lawal replaces Roger Gracie, who withdrew from the fight due to a rib injury.
Lawal trains out of Team Quest in Temecula, California. Lawal is a former NCAA Division 2 wrestling champion and almost made the US wrestling team this year to compete in the Olympics in Beijing.
EliteXC middleweight Benji Radach tells MMAFighting.com, "Nobody knows Mo Lawal yet, but he's about to break out and start smashing people. He's a top- level wrestler, beat the gold medallist in the Olympics. He's just pretty bad. . . So I'm getting lots of time in with him. He's like 220 right now and fast and explosive and we push each other pretty hard."
World Victory Road: Sengoku 5
September 28, 2008
Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan
- Travis Wiuff vs. Muhammed Lawal
- Takashi Sugiura vs. Xande Ribeiro
- Kiuma Kunioku vs. A Sol Kwon
- Ryan Schultz vs. Jorge Masvidal
Middleweight Tournament Bouts:
- Kazuhiro Nakamura vs. Paul Cahoon
- Jorge Santiago vs. Logan Clark
- Yuki Kondo vs. Yuki Sasaki
- Evangelista Cyborg vs Siyar Bahadurzada