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King Mo: CM Punk is 'going to be successful in one way or the other in MMA'

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Muhammed Lawal may be Bellator's main light heavyweight attraction, but the former Strikeforce berserker had some very interesting comments regarding Ultimate Fighting Championship's (UFC) latest signing, CM Punk.

While you would likely expect "King Mo" to lambast the organization for signing a former pro-wrestler with zero mixed martial arts (MMA) experience, Lawal actually had some praise for Punk's work ethic.

Prior to his heavyweight bout against Cheick Kongo at Bellator 134, Lawal spoke with Submission Radio:

"I didn't get to train with him I just watched him train, and he moves like a Jiu Jitsu guy. Everything about him screams Jiu Jitsu, you know what I'm saying. I think that he'll be ok. The fact that he's passionate about it, willing to learn, and he's a student, makes me think that he's going to be good. Because I've never seen anyone that's so passionate about something and is willing to learn, be a failure. Even if they didn't have a good record in fighting, they became great coaches. So I think regardless he's going to be successful in one way or the other in MMA."

So you're saying there is a chance for success?

With UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta recently announcing that Punk's first UFC opponent will be "somebody who MMA media will recognize and know", fight fans are itching to hear who the "jiu-jitsu" guy will face off against in his UFC debut later this year.

Any ideas?

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