Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal is heading to Spike TV in a big way and will be pulling double duty, competing in TNA's IMPACT WRESTLING
and in Bellator Fighting Championships
. The deal was jointly announced by Spike TV President Kevin Kay, Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney, and TNA President Dixie Carter.
"King Mo" will join the stars of IMPACT starting this summer and will resume his mixed martial arts career next year when Bellator moves to Spike TV.
"'King Mo' is an incredible athlete and a great addition to the Bellator family. He immediately adds prominence and star-power to our light heavyweight division," said Rebney.
"'King Mo' is the perfect athlete for this type of alliance. He is the real deal in MMA, and his bold personality and world class wrestling accomplishments are unparalleled. I'm confident he will have a major impact in both sports," stated Carter.
Before entering mixed martial arts, Lawal rose to grappling acclaim as a NCCA Division I All-American wrestler at Oklahoma State University in 2003 and a three-time U.S. National Champion in 2005, 2006, and 2008.
Lawal launched his mixed martial arts career in 2008, and after four straight wins, he faced off against his toughest challenge, renowned fighter Mark Kerr. "King Mo" knocked out Kerr in the first round, and eight months later he defeated Gegard Mousasi in a Light Heavyweight world title fight. Lawal also holds an impressive KO victory against multiple Brazilian jiu-jitsu world championship winner Roger Gracie in September 2011. His 8-1 record includes six knockouts.
"This deal is a dream come true for me," Lawal said. "Bjorn and Dixie have given me the opportunity to engage in my two great loves, mixed martial arts and professional wrestling, at the same time. And, to have it all on Spike TV is really buttercream icing on a big ol' cake – not that whipped cream stuff either!"
Photo: Esther Lin/ Forza LLC/ Getty Images