"Feijao knows he wants the knock out. He doesn’t want the submission. He trains in the ground game, but I’m training with guys in Jiu-Jitsu that are comparable. So I’m not worried at the ground at all because I’ve got good submission defense.... I don’t know. If you ask me if I could beat anybody I’m going to say I can beat anybody. I’d win against anybody with a good game plan. It doesn’t matter who it is. Except my momma. It doesn’t matter who it is, I’ll beat them with a good game plan.... I’ve only been fighting for two years. There’s no pressure on me whatsoever. If there’s pressure on anybody it’s Feijao. He has the name. He’s been fighting longer and he’s been training longer. I remember watching Feijao just mashing people in the IFL. I think people look at me as having the bigger name but I don’t care. I think he’s the favorite. I’m the underdog even though I’m the champ.... I may be implementing a new style like from Bernard Hopkins, one of my favorite boxers. I’m going to implement his style. And maybe if that doesn’t work than a little of Paul Williams. So you’ll all be seeing some new stuff from me."
-- Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion "King" Mo Lawal talks about his mindset heading into his first title defense against Rafael "Feijao’’ Cavalcante at Strikeforce: "Houston," which is scheduled for the Toyota Center in Texas on Saturday, Aug. 21. Lawal is undefeated, and he most recently bested highly-touted Gegard Mousasi in his last outing. Nonetheless, Lawal feels that he is the underdog when he and the talented Brazilian square off in the main event of the Showtime telecast less than two weeks from today. Is Lawal trying to convince himself that he is indeed just a young, hungry and inexperienced fighter who has far exceeded expectations to date or is he really heading into the toughest test of his promising career? Or is it both?