Undefeated, rising prospect Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal has signed a multi-fight contract with Strikeforce and is looking to debut with the promotion in December. News of the signing was first reported by Sherdog.com.
According to the report, Lawal has also settled on a weight class, choosing to compete in the promotions light-heavyweight division. In five previous fights, the athletic wrestler competed twice at light-heavyweight and three times at heavyweight. The deal also allows Lawel to continue competing in Japan, where he has earned a reputation as a fan favorite in four fights under the Sengoku banner.
Lawal will be an immediate contender in Strikeforce's thin light-heavyweight division, competing with the likes of Mike Whitehead, Kevin Randleman, Bobby Southworth and former Strikeforce 205-pound champ Renato Sobral for a shot at current Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi.
The 28-year old former NCAA Division I All-American wrestling champion, made waves in the sport by winning the first four bouts of his career in impressive fashion while competing for World Victory Road's "Sengoku" promotion in Japan. He scored TKO stoppages in his first three wins over Yukiya Naito, Fabio Silva and Travis Wiuff, while his fourth win came via unanimous decision against Ryo Kawamura in a bout that saw Lawal tear his ACL in the first round of the match.
Lawal most recently moved his undefeated professional mark to 5-0 by defeating UFC veteran Mark Kerr via first round TKO in his U.S. debut at August's M-1 "Breakthrough."