When former Strikeforce champ Muhammed Lawal was released by the organization the question of him fighting again was a matter of “when” not “if”. However, in a strange twist it turns out Lawal will not only be continuing his MMA career in the future but will also be working as a professional wrestler for TNA.

News of both deals was confirmed earlier today during a conference call where it was said Lawal would start with TNA this summer and eventually fight for Bellator in 2013 when the organization heads to Spike TV. TNA is also broadcast on Spike.

“This deal is a dream come true for me,” said Lawal of the situation. “Bjorn (Rebney) and Dixie (Carter) have given me the opportunity to engage in my two great loves, mixed martial arts and professional wrestling, at the same time. And, to have it all on Spike TV is really Buttercream icing on a big ol cake – not that whipped cream stuff either!”

Lawal is currently suspended until September after testing positive for steroid use after a January fight.


MMATraining Take: I’m happy for Lawal, and Bellator needs the depth, but I question the thought-process that went into his signing. First, the odds are against him being able to fight three times in three months (as Bellator requires if he wants a title-shot) based on his continuous string of health-related issues. Secondly, he’s 31-years old so things will have to play out perfectly if he ever hopes to fight in the UFC.