King of Sengoku – PRO MMA exclusive interview with Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal

Ryo Kawamura came to the SENGOKU 7 press conference with his King of Pancrase belt slung over his shoulder and carried another one of his title belts under his arm. All the accolades and awards did nothing to help Kawamura when he stepped into the ring against “King Mo,” Muhammed Lawal on Friday, March 20, 2009 in Tokyo.

It was Mo’s fourth professional bout and it was Kawamura’s fifteenth. However, to the untrained eye watching the fight, one would swear Mo was the veteran. The Oklahoma State wrestling champion had his first pro MMA fight only six months ago and he is now headlining arenas in Japan in front of tens of thousands of fans. That is not normal.

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King Mo at Sengoku 7 post-fight press conference

Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal defeated Ryo Kawamura at SENGOKU: SEVENTH BATTLE in Tokyo Japan on Friday, March 20, 2009 by unanimous decision. In this video from the SENGOKU 7 post-fight press conference, King Mo answers questions for the Japanese media. Mo reveals he had a knee injury going into the fight and also says he … Read more

King Mo dominates at Sengoku: Seventh Battle, now ask him your questions

Our good friend of the site, Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal just won his fourth straight fight as a professional yesterday at Sengoku: Seventh Battle in Tokyo, Japan. King Mo defeated King of Pancrase, Ryo Kawamua by unanimous decision.

Mo repeatedly dumped Kawmura on his head and had numerous takedowns at will. Mo controlled the action on the feet as well as on the ground and dominated the much more experienced Kawamura from start to finish. One judge scored the fight 30-24 in favor of Mo. We provided live updates and round by round descriptions of each fight, including King Mo vs. Ryo Kawamura.

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SENGOKU: SEVENTH BATTLE – LIVE round by round updates and results

World Victory Road’s SENGOKU: SEVENTH BATTLE is live at Yoyogi National Stadium Second Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan on Friday, March 20, 2009. PRO MMA (promma.info) is providing live round-by-round updates and summary of the event. The first round of a Featherweight Tournament is featured as well as two non-tournament bouts featuring James Thompson taking on Jim York and Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal taking on Ryo Kawamura in the main event.

Quick Results:
Nick Denis def. Seiya Kawahara by TKO (punches) rd.1
Ronnie Mann def. Tetsuya Yamada by unanimous decision
Chan Sung Jung def. Sinataro Ishiwatari by sub. (RNC) rd.1
Masenori Kanehara def. Kim Jong Man be unanimous decision
Marlon Sandro def. Matt Jaggers by sub. (side choke) rd.2
Michihiro Omigawa def. L.C. Davis by unanimous decision
Jim York def. James Thompson by TKO (punch) rd.1
Nam Phan def. Hideki Kadowaki by KO (punch) rd.1
Hatsu Hioki def. Chris Manuel by submission (armbar) rd.1
Muhammed Lawal def. Ryo Kawamura by unanimous decisoin

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Sengoku: Seventh Battle weigh-ins

SENGOKU: SEVENTH BATTLE takes place Friday, March 20 at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan. All fighters successfully made weight for the event. The main event fighters, King Mo and Ryo Kawamura exchanged words at the weigh-ins: “Tomorrow, against a huge, dangerous opponent, and all the beautiful queens of his kingdom, a lone Japanese guy is going to that kingdom to attempt a coup d’état. Watch out,” Kawamura dramatically proclaimed to chuckles of approval.

“Man, that was funny,” responded a smiling Lawal. “I feel like what he said, it was cool, it was funny, but it ain’t true. There’s only one true king, and that’s King Mo, and I’m going to prove that by beating up this boy, [Kawamura], on my left.”

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Video cram session for Sengoku Seventh Battle

PRO MMA (promma.info) is back with another video cram session.  Two weeks ago DREAM had their featherweight tournament, and now it is Sengoku’s turn.  The fighters may not be as well known, but that is why it is always alright to cram. In this edition check out a freestyle match from King Mo’s wrestling days, the slam that put Shintaro Ishiwatari on the map, L.C. Davis’ stunning head kick, and more.

Sengoku’s Seventh Battle takes place this Friday, March 20th and will air live on HDNet. PRO MMA (promma.info) will provide a full preview of the fight card, weigh in results, as well as round by round live fight results and updates during the live broadcast. 

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“King Mo” one of the rare breed

PRO MMA (promma.info) first spoke with King Mo back in November ’08, the day after he defeated Fabio Silva at Sengoku’s Sixth Battle. Mo had only one professional MMA bout under his belt when he fought Silva, on the other hand, Silva had been fighting professionally since 2003 with fifteen fights and eleven wins to his credit. Mo dismantled the veteran via TKO just seconds into round three.

Probably even more impressive was Mo’s first professional fight which was taken on short notice. Mo got the call to go to Japan to fight Travis Wiuff at Sengoku’s Fifth Battle in September 2008.

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World Victory Road’s SENGOKU 7 airs live on HDNet Friday March 20

World Victory Road’s SENGOKU: SEVENTH BATTLE will take place this Friday, March 20, 2009 at the Yoyogi National Stadium, Second Gymnasium, in Tokyo, Japan. U.S. MMA fans can watch the event LIVE on HDNet beginning at 3:00AM ET/12:00AM PT this Friday. Join us right here at PRO MMA (promma.info) early Friday morning as we will be featuring live round by round coverage of the event.

SENGOKU 7 features the opening round of its Featherweight Grand Prix. There are eight fights with sixteen fighters participating in the tournament. L.C. Davis, Hideki Kadowaki, and Nam Phan are just a few of the featherweights who will be competing. Also featured on the card are two non-tournament bouts with rising prospect “King” Mo Lawal taking on Ryo Kawamura and James “The Colossus” Thompson vs “Big” Jim York. Here is the complete line-up:

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Dave Herman’s much needed wake up call

 In a world where everyone is waiting for the next heavyweight MMA star to appear, anyone who can string together a few wins is going to get a lot of attention. Cain Velasquez gets considerable attention despite only being 4-0 and Brock Lesnar, the UFC heavyweight champion, needed only half as many wins to get a title shot.

In their now pointless struggle to stay relevant, Elite XC hoped that Dave “Pee Wee” Herman could blossom into a heavyweight attraction. At the time they closed their doors he seemed to be well on his way.

At 6’5” and 240 lbs, Herman not only looks the part but he also delivers the goods. He came to Elite XC with a 9-0 record and all of his opponents failed to make it out of the first round. Once in the house that Shaw built, Herman continued to tear his way through the lower levels of the division. He stopped veterans Mario Rinaldi, Ron Waterman, and Kerry Schall and looked impressive in each performance.

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