Former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal has been out of action since losing his title to current champion Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante this past August.
Lawal was forced to undergo knee surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament due to an injury suffered during the fight, and recently told MMAWeekly he is recovering well and is looking to return to the cage in early summer.
“I’m healing great. (I’m) looking to fight in June.”
Lawal became light heavyweight champion by defeating Gegard Mousasi at Strikeforce: Nashville last April. He suffered a third-round TKO loss to Cavalcante, however, in his first title defense at Strikeforce: Houston in August.
Lawal will likely be very interested in the upcoming Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson title bout between Cavalcante and challenger Dan Henderson. The man who defeated him for the belt will be competing in his first title defense.
When asked about who he’d like to face upon his return, Lawal simply stated “anyone at 205 (lbs).”
Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson is set to take place on March 5 from Columbus, Ohio and also features a Strikeforce women’s welterweight title bout between champion Marloes Coenen and Meisha Tate, Tim Kennedy vs. Melvin Manhoef, Jorge Gurgel vs. Tyler Combs, and Billy Evangelista vs. Jorge Masvidal.