Light heavyweight “King” Mo Lawal has been very vocal about his interest in joining the UFC’s roster, feeling as though Strikeforce is on borrowed time and possessing a desire to showcase his skills on a larger stage with increased frequency. However, it appears as though the former Strikeforce champion’s next fight will still come under the promotion’s banner.

According to Lawal, he has plans to fight on January 7 when the organization holds an event in Las Vegas already rumored to feature middleweight title-holder Luke Rockhold putting his belt up for grabs against Keith Jardine. While no specific opponent has been booked, Lawal also mentioned he wants a rematch with Brazilian Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante who took his gold in 2010.

“I wanna fight him again because now I’m healthier. Before, when I fought him I had no meniscus, I had no stability on my knees. I fought him, I was winning, he caught me with a knee, and then that’s it, and elbows. But now, I’m ready,” Lawal revealed in an interview with Tatame.

Unfortunately for Lawal it appears Cavalcante may be hurt leaving his upcoming adversary left up to speculation at this point.

As far as his future beyond January, Lawal explained he was as confused as anyone about the status of Strikeforce.

“It’s confusing because no one knows what’s going on. I don’t know what is going on, so I’m just gonna say I just wanna fight. Give me fights and I don’t worry about this,” said the 8-1 grappling ace. “We’ll see (about the UFC). Hopefully. I don’t know what’s gonna happen because Strikeforce wants me around next year, so I don’t know. I have to wait until my contract with Strikeforce ends. My contract ends in February. So, we’ll see. I just don’t know. I don’t know what’s happening…no one knows what’s happening. But, hopefully, everything turns out good in the end.”


MMATraining Take: The sad state of Strikeforce’s roster takes a number of potential opponents off the board for Lawal, especially with Ovince St. Preux and Gegard Mousasi both fighting in a few weeks. Maybe it’s time to finally give Lorenz Larkin a step up in competition?