Biography(references)During his senior season Lawal went undefeated and became a state champion after defeating 171 pound favorite Barrett Lidji. He also competed in the newly formed Real Pro Wrestling league and became the champion of the 184 pound weight class in 2004. For over three years, Lawal was the number one ranked wrestler in the United States in the 84 kilogram division. After narrowly missing entrance to the 2008 Olympics in a loss to Andy Hrovat, for which he was favored a spot, Lawal decided to enter the world of mixed martial arts.
Fighter Trivia(references)Muhammed's father committed suicide when Lawal was twenty years old. After his fight with Larkin, Lawal was diagnosed with Staphylococcus obtained from knee surgery. Lawal had a fever of 103 degrees, and the infection ate away at parts of his hip and legs, "I had this moment where I was like, man, I can see my hip bone. I was ripped still. I had an eight-pack. But there's my hip bone. I looked at my leg, and it looked like those zombies from The Walking Dead. I feel like I looked death in the face, and I survived."
Awards & Accolades
Bellator MMA: Bellator 2013 Summer Series Light Heavyweight Tournament Championship
Bellator MMA: Tied (with Liam McGeary) for most knockout wins in Bellator Light Heavyweight division history (5)
Rizin Fighting Federation: Rizin 2015 Heavyweight Grand Prix Championship
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