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Former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Muhammed Lawal will take part in next week’s Rizin Fighting Federation heavyweight tournament, but don’t think that’s an indication of his future intentions. In fact, he plans on going in the opposite direction.
“I think you might see a new weight class – a new addition to the moneyweight – not just 205 and heavyweight, but 185, as well,” Lawal told MMAjunkie.
Lawal (16-4 MMA, 8-3 BMMA) meets England’s Brett McDermott (5-2) in the opening round of the Rizin tourney, which takes place on Dec. 29 and Dec. 31 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, and airs in North America on Spike.
Lawal hopes to make a splash in the eight-man bracket, but the event will likely just be a one-off, and Bellator will continue to serve as his primary employer.
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After 12 years of following the sport of MMA religiously, I finally got to see a live UFC show. My cousin flew in from Pittsburgh and I treated him to a great pair of seats at center court, about 19 rows up. View was fantastic, but was still slightly obscured by the top of the cage, cameramen and lighting truss (to see round/time on scoreboard).
"No, I did not negotiate a new contract. We were in negotiations for a little bit, I didn’t like where the offer ended up, they didn’t like my counter offer. So I said just resend my contract with the original numbers and I’m going to go ahead and fight it out and test out free agency after I win.”
“No I have not had any contact with them, that would be tampering, I have not had any contact with them. But, I know my value. I know where it’s at, I know where my position on the cards have always been. I know my record, I know what I can offer the organizations that I fight for due to my charisma, my character, my personality, my athletic background, my pedigree, all the above. Andy my fighting style, I know what I have to offer. So I know what I’m worth and I’ll get that. But I can tell you what I will not do ever again. I will never fight for less than what I’m worth again. I will not put my life, and or limb, on the line for less than what I’m worth. I’m really, really happy that Sage [Northcutt] and Paige [VanZant] both get paid forty and forty. That’s great, because all that’s going to do is bump up the bottom level market and that’s going to get guys like me, who have been around and are time-tested, we’re going to get paid accordingly.”
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