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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

No Holds Barred: King Mo Lawal 


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

"King" Mo suffered his first professional defeat on August 21 in the main event of a Strikeforce mixed martial arts card, which took place at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, and was telecast live in the U.S. on Showtime. After winning the first two rounds of his bout with Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante, he was stopped in the third round with a series of knees, punches, and elbows. The official time of the TKO stoppage was 1:14 of round three. Thus, "King" Mo, in first title defense, dropped the Strikeforce light heavyweight belt to Feijao.

We spoke with "King" Mo Tuesday afternoon by phone about this fight and what went wrong. He detailed the technical mistakes he made in it, especially his failure to utilize fully his world-class wrestling technique. We discussed his upcoming surgery to repair a torn ACL, which will sideline him for about six to nine months. We also discussed how he needs to improve his striking technique, why he wore an Iowa State wrestling T-shirt on the telecast, his relations with the wrestling community, his plans for a comeback next year, and more.

In addition, we open by commenting on the leading mixed martial arts fight of the year candidate for 2010, the five-round war between Sengoku middleweight champion Jorge Santiago and Kazuo Misaki at SRC 14 on Sunday, August 22, at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan. This card was shown live in the U.S. on HDNet and will be repeated Friday, August 27.

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Heya Eddie,

Glad I wasn't the only one who saw something of Castillo-Corralles in the Santiago-Misaki fight. The same kind of heart was shown, and I got the same feeling watching both fights -- that something historic was happening.

It was more art than martial.
 
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Heya Eddie,

Glad I wasn't the only one who saw something of Castillo-Corralles in the Santiago-Misaki fight. The same kind of heart was shown, and I got the same feeling watching both fights -- that something historic was happening.

It was more art than martial.

By OpenID mxyzptlk, at 12:01 AM  

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