Breakthrough Fighter of 2009: Muhammed Lawal

"King Mo" made his name in 2009Tenured MMA fans know about wrestlers in the sport. They’ve seen it turn out well like with Randy Couture and Dan Henderson, and they’ve seen it turn out terrible (see Ron Faircloth vs. Alessio Sakara at UFC 55). However, until 2009, MMA fans had not seen anyone quite like Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal – the Breakthrough Fighter of 2009.

After coming up literally one match short of the 2008 Olympics games, Lawal turned his attention to MMA. He finished the year 2-0 after scoring finishes over Travis Wiuff and Fabio Silva under the Sengoku banner. “King Mo” was born. The table was set for the former Oklahoma State Cowboy to have a king-sized 2009, and he did not disappoint.

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King Mo fight night video blog

In this video we get to see behind the scenes with King Mo in the hours leading up to his “M-1 Global: Breakthrough” fight with veteran Mark Kerr. We get to hear final words of encouragement by manager Dr. Ryan Parsons before Mo steps in the ring. Finally, highlights of the fight are shown as … Read more

“M-1 Global: Breakthrough” full event video

A special sparring exhibition match between Fedor Emelianenko and Gegard Mousasi, and a main event fight between “King Mo” Muhammed Lawal and “The Smashing Machine” Mark Kerr were part of M-1 Global’s “Breakthrough” event in Kansas City on Aug. 28, 2009.

Part 2 after the jump…

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“King Mo” Lawal’s destruction of Mark Kerr caps off “M-1 Global: Breakthrough”

Photo: M-1 Global - King Mo destroyed Mark Kerr in 25 seconds at M-1 Global: Breakthrough
Photo: M-1 Global - King Mo destroyed Mark Kerr in 25 seconds at M-1 Global: Breakthrough

Kansas City, Kansas — Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal showed stateside fans exactly what all of the hype surrounding him was all about as he made surprisingly short work of UFC veteran Mark Kerr in the main attraction of “HDNET FIGHTS PRESENTS M-1 BREAKTHROUGH”, which aired live on in the United States on HDNet and around the world via Internet PPV on

While many in attendance were aware of the fact that Kerr was coming into the fight as a heavy underdog, having taken the fight on just two weeks notice, few expected for the contest to end as suddenly, and as violently as it did.

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M-1 Global: Breakthrough live play-by-play & results

PROMMA.INFO will be bringing you live play-by-play results and commentary for tonight’s “HDNet PRESENTS M-1 GLOBAL: BREAKTHROUGH.” Headlining tonight’s card is our buddy King Mo Lawal taking on “The Smashing Machine” Mark Kerr. Kerr will have the weight advantage weighing in at 263 lbs., while Mo weighed in at 219 lbs. Live from Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Mo., this is M-1 Global’s first major card in the U.S.

Also on the card tonight will be a special sparring exhibition match between Gegard Mousasi and Fedor Emelianenko.

Quick Results:

  • Muhammed Lawal (5-0) def. Mark Kerr (15-11, 1 NC) by TKO (Punches) at 0:25 of Round 1
  • Karl Amoussou (11-2-1) def. John Doyle (8-9, 1 NC) by Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 3:15 of Round 1
  • Lucio Linhares (13-4) def. Mikhail Zayats (9-4) by Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 1:00 of Round 1
  • Jessie Gibbs (9-2) def. Rob Broughton (10-5-1) by Unanimous Decision
  • Michael Kita (6-3) def. Lloyd “Kadillac” Marshbanks (18-9) by Submission (Strikes) at 1:50 of Round 1
  • Daisuke Nakamura (20-10) def. Ferrid “The Hurricane” Kheder (13-5) by Unanimous Decision

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Full 12-bout card finalized for “HDNet Fights Presents M-1 Global Breakthrough”

Kansas City, Kansas – With less than one week to go until Friday’s “HDNET FIGHTS PRESENTS M-1 GLOBAL BREAKTHROUGH” event live from the historic Memorial Hall in Kansas City, M-1 Global officials have released the final 12-bout card.

With six televised bouts scheduled to air during the HDNet telecast (10:00 p.m. ET, check local listings for channel availability) plus a special sparring exhibition between M-1 fighters Fedor Emelianenko and newly-crowned Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi, a five-bout undercard has been assembled for the local crowd planning to attend (doors open at 7:00 p.m. CT).

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International fight fans get their chance to watch Fedor and Mousasi live on Internet PPV

Amsterdam, Holland – With final preparations being made for “HDNET FIGHTS PRESENTS M-1 GLOBAL BREAKTHROUGH” on Friday, August, 28, M-1 Global announced Thursday that the International feed of the event will be available on Internet pay-per-view via and

“HDNET FIGHTS PRESENTS M-1 GLOBAL BREAKTHROUGH” will be headlined by the United States debut of former NCAA All-American “King” Mo Lawal as he takes on former PRIDE and UFC star Mark “The Smashing Machine” Kerr.

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New video chronicles Mo Lawal’s U.S. homecoming at “HDNet Fights Presents M-1 Global Breakthrough”

As an amateur wrestler in the United States, Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal was a former NCAA Champion, a former NCAA All-American, and a one-time Olympic hopeful. However, to die-hard mixed martial arts fans, Lawal has become known as a future MMA mega-star thanks to his 4-0 pro MMA record that has been compiled in Japan. But on Friday, Aug. 28 in Kansas City at the historic Memorial Hall and live on HDNet, Lawal will fight for the first time on U.S. soil against former NCAA Champion Mark Kerr at “HDNET FIGHTS PRESENTS M-1 GLOBAL BREAKTHROUGH.”

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