Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker, Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, and Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Gegard Mousasi joined the media in a conference call on Tuesday for their upcoming April 17 title fight in Nashville, Tenn. Lawal and Mousasi will compete in one of three title fights on the “Strikeforce: Nashville” card taking place at Bridgestone Arena and airing live on CBS.

The highlight of the call was definitely Mo’s impression of Mousasi, an impression that bears a remarkable similarity to Kermit the Frog. Mo tried to get Mousasi to imitate him in return, but the champ just laughed it off.

Lawal has plans to unveil something he calls “Cuban style” fighting against Mousasi. Evidently this is an MMA style of fighting he has developed from studying various Cuban wrestlers and boxers. Lawal would not go into much detail about it, but said we have to just wait and see what he’s talking about. He did seem serious about it.

King Mo and Gegard Mousasi call:

Gegard Mousasi

I’m more motivated to win this fight than any opponent I’ve ever had.

I don’t think this fight is going to decision.

Gegard feels Mo’s punching power, wrestling, and confidence are his best assets.

I’m not looking beyond this fight. After this I have the DREAM tournament.

Fighters just need one or two wins to become a contender for the title. I’m pretty sure Strikeforce can come up with opponents.

It bothered me before, but now I can laugh about it. It make me a better fighter. (Mo’s talking)

King Mo

People read too deeply into it (the “trash” talk)… I’m having fun training, I’m having fun talking, I’m having fun fighting. It’s just all for fun man.

This ain’t wrestling this is MMA…

I don’t know where it’s going to go. I just know I’m going to win.

I’ve got a new style called a “Cuban style” that I’m going to implement in this fight.

(Mo starts talking about “Cuban Style” at the 17:30 mark – it’s a new style of fighting he’s put together)

People don’t really know, he’s probably the smartest fighter in the game. I’ts not physical, it’s more mental. He’s a great thinker, a great improviser. He’s real smart. He finds ways to win. That’s the most dangerous part about him…

Mo will unveil Cuban Style April 17 – tune in.

King Mo impersonated Kermit the Frog, and it did sound a damn lot like Gegard Mousasi. (31:00 mark)

Every fight is fun. If it wasn’t fun I wouldn’t do it.

Editor’s Note: You can read more highlights from this conference call on the official Strikeforce press release.

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