Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana wouldn't commit to whether or not Muhammed Lawal would ever get another shot to fight under the Zuffa umbrella following the former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight champion's remarks toward Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) Chairperson Pat Lundvall.
However, a current UFC veteran seems to think Lawal deserves a chance to not only fight in the Zuffa fray, but needs demonstrate his talents inside the Octagon.
UFC Middleweight-turned Lightweight-turned Featherweight, Kenny Florian, believes that Lawal is too talented to not be mixing it up with the best 205-pound fighters in the UFC. "Ken Flo" tells Fight Hub TV that "King Mo" is an overall good person, he simply let his emotions get the best of him and that shouldn't hinder his quest to make the most out of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career.
Furthermore, Florian believes that nicer words could have been spoken not only on Lawal's behalf, but from Lundvall herself, too.
Check out what Florian had to say on the situation, as well as watch the video interview during which he made the remarks, after the jump:
"It's really unfortunate, especially for a guy like King Mo, who I really like as a person. I think you can't question his talent, the guy is a tremendous talent and a tremendous fighter and, you know, sometimes we are all going to be victims of our own emotions and I think that was the case with King Mo. I think he definitely regrets what he says but I think the penalty was extremely harsh, as well. I think anytime you et someone who questions you and is supposed to be in a position of authority, and kind of says something like that to you, "Do you speak English?" Listen, I don't care who you are or where you're from, that's going to leave a bad taste in your mouth. I think there is nice ways to say on both sides. I think King Mo has learned from this and a guy that talented needs to be fighting in the UFC. I think he is sorry for what he said and I hope to see him, if not in Strikeforce, then hopefully in the UFC as soon as possible."
Anyone here think the former NCAA Division-1 All American wrestling champion will ever get his chance to fight under the bright lights of the UFC? Or will his MMA career be relegated to the local and international circuits?
For the record, Lawal has since apologized for his remarks.