Former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Muhammed Lawal has seen his opponent for the opening round of the Bellator Season 8 Light Heavyweight Tournament selected. “King Mo will face off with Przemyslaw Mysiala at Bellator 86 at the WinStar in Thackerville, Oklahoma on January 24.
Lawal (8-1) was one of Bellator’s prize acquisitions in 2012, signing a co-promotional deal with the MMA promotion and TNA Wrestling ahead of the move to Spike. “King Mo” has not competed since January 7, when he defeated Lorenz Larkin only to have his victory overturned after testing positive for Drostanolone. The former Olympic hopeful holds career victories over Gegard Mousasi and Roger Gracie.
Mysiala (16-7) is on a 6-2 run and looks to rebound form a March cut stoppage to Jason Jones in the Bamma cage. The Polish fighter has earned 15 career wins via stoppage.
Bellator 86 is headlined by welterweight champion Ben Askren defending his title against 2012 Summer Series winner Karl Amoussou.