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‘King Mo’ Lawal returns for ‘final’ MMA fight at Bellator 233

"King Mo" Lawal returns for his retirement bout under the Bellator banner in November.
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Muhammad Lawal will enter a cage one last time on Nov. 8, taking on Andrew Kapel in a 195-pound catchweight fight at Bellator 233 in Thackerville, Okla.

Bellator officials confirmed the match-up to MMA Fighting following a report by ESPN. Lawal also confirmed to MMA Fighting that this is going to be his final MMA bout.

“I just want to end my final fight with a win, unlike wrestling,” Lawal told MMA Fighting’s Steven Marrocco. “My final wrestling match was a loss, and I want to finish with Scott Coker in Bellator. Call it a wrap.”

“King Mo” (21-9, 1 no-contest) announced his retirement earlier this year after suffering his third straight knockout defeat in a 12 month stretch, losing a rematch to Rizin light heavyweight champion Jiri Prochazka in Japan.

Lawal hasn’t won a fight since March 2017, when he avenged a loss to Quinton Jackson with a decision victory at Bellator 175. The American Top Team product has defeated names like Prochazka, Cheick Kongo, Roger Gracie and Gegard Mousasi during his 11-year career.

Kapel (14-6) enters the Bellator circular cage for the first time after winning four in a row on the regional circuit since 2017, with three of those wins coming with rear-naked chokes.

Bellator 233 airs live on Paramount and features middleweights John Salter and Costello van Steenis in the main event.

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