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Sunday, July 18, 2010

No Holds Barred: King Mo Lawal Previews His First Title Defense 


Photo: Rosemary Acosta Clark/Strikeforce

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again speaks with Strikeforce light heavyweight champion and undefeated mixed martial arts fighter "King" Mo Lawal.

"King" Mo (7-0) will be making the first defense of his title on Saturday, August 21, against Brazilian fighter Rafael "Feijao'' Cavalcante (9-2), in the main event of a Strikeforce card at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. This card will be shown live in the U.S. on Showtime.

We spoke Sunday afternoon by phone about this fight and, as always, the combat sports. "King" Mo explained his general approach to this fight, why he does not like slugfests, and how the techniques of boxing can be applied to and adapted for mixed martial arts. He told us why Emanuel Augustus is his favorite boxer, and we discussed some of the fights from this past weekend, including the victory by Timothy Bradley over Luis Carlos Abregu. He stated that mixed martial arts is not as refined as boxing, and said that in his fight with Feijao he will borrow from the styles of some world-class boxers. We also discussed wrestling, the different levels in that sport in which he was a three-time U.S. national freestyle champion, and the defunct Real Pro Wrestling organization, in which he was also a champion. And we discussed numerous other fighters and fights from mixed martial arts, boxing, and kickboxing, and much more.

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