Tracy Lee, CombatLifestyle.com
Bellator fighter and TNA pro wrestler Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal talks about the differences between mixed martial arts and professional wrestler. He says, "Pro wrestling training is three times harder than MMA."
Former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight champ Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal has signed a unique deal with Bellator Fighting Championships that will allow him to also do pro wrestling with TNA. Both Bellator and TNA are carried by Spike TV.
Lawal spoke with Steven Muehlhausen about the difficulties of learning the trade of professional sports entertainment.
"I thought it was going to be hard, but this (pro wrestling training) is harder than I expected. I'm going to tell you this. Pro wrestling training is three times harder than MMA. It's harder because of the psychology, the positioning, the bumps, hitting the ropes and cutting promos.
"That s**t is hard. People don't understand this s**t. People think wrestling is all fake. If you think it is fake, come try it out and you will see how real it really is," said Lawal.
He also talked about MMA and MMA fans in a less than flattering way.
"It starts with the way the fans don't think for themselves. They have to look to certain people for approval on how they think. They bash the fighters and think fighting is easier than it really is. A lot of people didn't grow up fighting. They grew up playing football and basketball. So they can relate to missing a pass, a layup, free throws and dropping a pass, an interception or kicking a field goal.
"MMA fans never grew up fighting. They just put on their Affliction or Tapout shirts and say, 'Hey I'm a fighter or hey I'm going to a fight.'
"To me, its a joke. It is a certain demographic that's involved and I'm not with that," Lawal said.