Muhammed Lawal always said he wanted to be a wrestler. Not the amateur kind, though he did that at the University of Central Oklahoma and won an NCAA Division II national championship back in 2002.
No, "King Mo," as he's widely known, always wanted to be a professional wrestler. That was the dream he had planned on chasing until he was pushed to compete in mixed martial arts (MMA) with the thought that he could always do pro wrestling later and not the other way around.
Now, those dreams have come true.
That's because Lawal has reportedly signed a deal with both Bellator and TNA Wrestling to compete in both organizations simultaneously, according to Sherdog.com. A conference call is scheduled today (Thurs, May 10, 2012) with executives from Bellator, TNA and Spike TV to announce the deal.
Spike TV, which already hosts Impact Wrestling on Thursday nights (and is one of its highest rated programs), will become the new home for Bellator come 2013.
Cross promotion was expected, as Bellator fighters have already been appearing on Impact, but I'm not sure anyone imagined they would actually create deals that would see someone the caliber of Lawal both fighting and wrestling at the same time.
For a guy who has had so many health problems and went through some 16 surgeries on his knees, it seems overly optimistic to think he'll be able to handle the grind of an MMA career with some pro wrestling sprinkled on top.
As for what Lawal's role will be in TNA, that's still unclear, obviously. We were told days ago about the potential of this deal and that if it were to occur, he would likely work with Sting. If so, it makes sense to get him working with one of the biggest stars in the promotion, a veteran talent who can help bring him along. No doubt, Lawal will be green despite all his experience.
And can you imagine his first promo?
Stay tuned for more information on the official announcement that will come later today. In the meantime, what are your thoughts on this deal, Cagesiders?