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King Mo to make MLW debut at Saturday TV taping

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The morning after he wore their logo on his t-shirt and fight shorts, MLW announced that "King Mo" Lawal will make his debut for the company at their "Blood & Thunder" titled TV tapings Saturday afternoon at Orlando, Florida's GILT Nightclub.

The 38-year-old Muhammed Lawal retired after an 11-year career Friday at a Bellator MMA show in Thackerville, OK, where he was knocked out in the first round. He's also a member of American Top Team, owned by famed wrestling belt collector and former Impact Wrestling character Dan Lambert.

Lawal and pro wrestling have long been intertwined. He was offered a WWE developmental contract out of college but the amateur wrestling standout chose the MMA path instead. In 2012, he got involved with Impact Wrestling and wanted to pursue a career in both fighting and wrestling. He did some training at Ohio Valley Wrestling, but he and Impact parted ways in 2015 after a small amount of appearances. He has done a few appearance on indie shows since then.

Lawal joins former UFC fighter and former MLW world champion "Filthy" Tom Lawlor on the roster which also features several wrestlers with grappling and BJJ backgrounds in Timothy Thatcher, Simon Grimm, Davey Boy Smith, and Dominic Garrini.