Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal recently sat down with Late Night Cageside Radio, and discussed pro wrestling, his relationship with former pro wrestler Diamond Dallas Page, and his new gluten-free diet. In part two of the interview, Lawal spoke about his rematch fight with Emanuel Newton, his future in Bellator, and the state of MMA.
Host: How are things going for King Mo?
Lawal: Everything’s good man, I am down here in Texas… about to do some training tomorrow, and teach a little wrestling.
Host: Are you getting down on any barbecues down there in Texas?
Lawal: No I haven’t eaten any barbecue… I met with Diamond Dallas Page after the fight, and he said ‘maybe you should try gluten-free,’…so I have been trying to do that. I am doing a pretty good job of staying away from gluten, I’m just gonna see what it’s about… I [have also] been doing that DDP yoga…I didn’t know it would be that hard, but it is pretty tough, man. [It’s a] good workout.
Lawal: What is the hardest thing you have done so far in the [Diamond Dallas Page] yoga system?
Lawal: The diet is pretty tough, because it is gluten-free and dairy free. I don’t eat much dairy anyway, but gluten is in everything, [so] I have been trying to stay away from that. [Also] the poses. His poses are a lot different [than traditional yoga]. I haven’t done that much yoga, but I have just been trying to do what he has taught me.
Host: Gluten seems to be in everything, so is that going to be one of your biggest steps going forward, to work on the dieting aspect of the fight game?
Lawal: He [DDP] told me that it helps with recovery and inflammation, so I said alright, well I will try it. I feel a difference. Inflammation is gone. I have a finger that has been swollen for years, and actually, the swelling is kind of down. It sounds crazy… but I’m just gonna keep on going and see where this leads to.
Host: How many fighters do you know that are doing DDP yoga?
Lawal: I think I am the only one. As a matter of fact, I am going to go out to Atlanta and take it with him for a few days. … I just want to try something different. It isn’t hurting at all, and he says it will help, so why not try it?
Host: Are you thinking about going back to wresting?
Lawal: I am thinking about it. I am still developmental. It is taking longer than I thought. I am progressing, but there is so much involved in wrestling, not just the moves, it’s the psychology and just knowing the in-ring generalship. … It is just taking a little longer than I expected. … It is an ongoing thing to master it. It is going to take years for me to master.
Host: It sounds like you could bring some of that back into MMA. Have you found anything that is common between the two?
Lawal: It is really a lot different. In pro wrestling you are telling a story to the fans. In MMA you are telling a story before the fight. The fight tells a story… [but] the outcome of the fight is in [the judges’] hands.
Host: How hard has it been for you to take on the whole acting and showman aspect of pro-wrestling?
Lawal: That’s been easy. The hard part is the psychology part. Taking bumps, taking slaps… I can do that no problem, but the in-ring psychology of telling a story and how the match will go and getting the crowd involved. That’s the hard part.Tags: Diamond Dallas Page, king mo, mma, Muhammed Lawal, pro wrestling