Mohammed "King Mo" Laval took the time to talk about his desire to come to Ossetia, joint training with Fedor and much more.
Former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Mohammed "King Mo" Lawal, just a day after leaving for Holland, where he trains striking with Tyrone Spong, took the time to talk about his desire to come to Ossetia, joint training with Fedor, the future combat, and much more.
King hi, first of all tell us how are you doing, have all the injuries healed and have you started training?
Hello! Injuries hardly bother me, now I am in good physical shape. I actively train striking technique and wrestling.
Your last fight was already in August 2010, when should we expect you to return to the cause? And what about potential rivals?
I'm planning to come back in the spring, May or June… I don't know yet who will be my opponent, but I'm ready for any offer from Scott Cocker and Strikeforce. I don't choose opponents for my fights.
Dan Henderson is a contender for a title shot. Let's pretend you win your next fight against a tough opponent, do you think you'll be ready for another shot at becoming a champion? Who would you like to meet, Fezhao or Dan?
I'd like to face both of them, get revenge on Feijao first and claim my belt. After the fight with Cavalcante, I want to fight Dan Henderson, this man is a legend in our sport, it's an honor to meet him.
Everyone wants to know if we will ever see you in the UFC?
I am satisfied with the conditions that Strikeforce provides me, this is my home, here I became a champion. The UFC is a great promotion, they are the best in the world today, but as long as I prefer to stay in Strikeforce, they suit me better.
You told me earlier that you would like to come to North Ossetia this summer for wrestling training. To tell the truth, it surprised me a little, we watch videos of training in the USA and most fighters dream of training in such conditions, and on the contrary, you strive to return to your roots. What pushes you to take such a step? What exactly do you hope to find in Ossetia that is not in America?
I like Russia, I will be glad to come again, you have very strong wrestlers. I was in Dagestan for competitions and I wanted to go there for training, but I found out that all the best wrestlers are now in Ossetia. I want new sensations, new sports experience, I am impressed by the hunger and motivation that Russian wrestlers have.
You also said that you would like to stay in Stary Oskol and train with Fedor. Surely you both can learn something new from each other. Are you not afraid of the language barrier, because you don't know Russian, and Fedora doesn't know English?
I want to pair up with Fedor, train together, learn something new from him. I do not think that the language barrier will be a big problem, because I have already trained several times in Russia. Emelianenko is a legendary fighter, he met the best. If you have the opportunity to be close to the best and train with him… don't miss this opportunity!!
Since we started talking about Fedor, say a few words about the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix. Who do you think will win?
Great tournament!! But this is just the case when I refrain from predictions. Everything is so unpredictable that everyone can win, all the fighters gathered in the tournament are very dangerous.
When Alexander Shlemenko returned home, he was very flattering about training with you. What do you think of him as a fighter? He is only 26 years old, do you think he has a future in sports?
Alex is a great athlete, a very tough fighter. He is a good student, grasps everything quickly, you will see in the future he will be a champion!! I would love to train with him again if the opportunity presents itself. I really think that he would be useful for the American Kickboxing Academy team.
You have repeatedly said that not all fans are dowries and really understand this sport for real, you also once said, even before the defeat at the hands of Fezhao: “You lost and you're immediately overrated."
I don't pay attention to what the fans say. When Fedor lost to Fabricio Werdum by a triangle, many of them began to say that Emelianenko was overrated. All this makes me quite happy, because one defeat cannot ruin a good athlete.
I believe that each person is a god to himself in this life. We are in control of our lives and our affairs. We are our own gods… Each person always has the right to choose what actions to perform good or bad. We all always have the choice to do good or evil. This is the meaning I put in this inscription.
King Mo suffers his first loss of his career.
I had a difficult childhood. My mother did everything for me, I owe her everything I have now... And also my family... She raised me and taught me that I should work hard and not break down in difficult situations. "Don't let anything stop you from reaching your goal," she told me. What I have become, I owe to her.
For most Americans, Russia is something very huge, mysterious, cold, and not very welcoming. You, on the contrary, come here and, moreover, visit places that even many Russians consider not the safest. How comfortable do you feel in Russia?
I feel quite comfortable in Russia. At first, when I arrived, everything seemed strange to me, everything was very unusual for me, but then I got to know people, met athletes and ordinary fans and began to feel at home. Now I miss Russia. You have great people there. We are culturally different, but there are good people everywhere.
Tell me something interesting from your past trips here?
I will tell you how I first came to Krasnoyarsk. It was winter, terrible cold outside, I thought I would die, I was so cold. I came to the wrestling tournament, after the performances, the athletes guys invited me to the club, to dance and relax. (laughs) It was a lot of fun!
King, we can talk for hours, but I'll have to translate everything into Russian later, and it's already too late, so the last couple of questions. When you play EA MMA, what other characters, other than yourself, of course, do you choose?
In EA MMA I mostly play Fedor, Kung Lee and Nick Diaz, these are my favorite characters. In general, I don't play video games much.
If you want to say hello to someone, or turn to your fans, thank sponsors, the “microphone” is yours!
I want to say hello to my friends in Russia Sajid Sajidov, Khadzhimurad Gatsalov, "King G" better known as Gennady Kolesnikov, the whole Kolennikov family, my Team Thirsty team, as well as all those who who is trying to achieve perfection!