Latest MMA News (Week 1 June 2019)

King Mo retires from Mixed Martial Arts

Muhammad ‘King Mo’ Lawal has hung up his gloves it seems. According to a statement from American Top Team, the former champion has decided it is time for him to move on to the next phase of his life. It also reads that, Mo will start coaching pro fighters from now on. Lawal, a former D1 All American champion transitioned to MMA in 2008 and has been a force to reckon with ever since.

He captured his first Strikeforce light weight championship after beating GegardMousasi. He was later on plagued by various injuries; especially his ACL and knee problems kept getting bad. He then moved on to Bellator where he won the Summer Series four man tournament. King Mo was also loaned out to the Japanese promotion RIZIN, where he won the 2015 Heavy weight World Grand Prix.

Muhammad Lawal was considered one of the best light weights to have never competed for UFC. We hope King Mo enjoys a fruitful retirement from in ring action.

 

Nate Diaz done with the light weight division

Nate Diaz finally returned to UFC after a much anticipated two months. Upon his return, the former champ has declared that he is done with the light weight division. The 155 category is the one where Diaz spent majority of his career. Speaking on the Ariel Helwani MMA show, Diaz felt that he has already won everything in the light weight division and beat everyone.

Nate Diaz will next face welter weight’s Anthony Pettis at UFC 241. Nate also had some tough words for current champ KhabibNurmagomedov. Looks like there is no love lost between the two, after the slapping incident in 2015. Basically without all the expletives, Diaz called out the Russian for sitting quietly and not doing anything. He also called out Dustin Poirier for not wanting to fight him at UFC 230.

For now though, Diaz will have to be content facing Anthony Pettis on August 17th at Calif.

 

Cormier on Alexander Gustafsson retirement

Alexander Gustafsson may have never won the highest honors at UFC but he has won love and respect from everywhere. The Swede announced his retirement after a loss at UFC Stockholm. Current light heavy weight champion Jon Jones has already paid his respects to Gustafsson. Now Daniel Cormier, another long time foe of the Swedish fighter has posted a message on his official Instagram account.

Cormier payed his respects to Gustafsson and said that he made him a better person even with all the fights and bickering. Gustafsson provided a tough challenge for Cormier’s first ever title challenge, which Cormier eventually won by a narrow decision. Daniel Cormier next faces Stipe Miocic at UFC 241 in August where he will be defending his heavy weight title.