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MMA Betting – “King Mo” Looks To Get Back On Track Against Gracie

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Fans of the Vancouver Canucks may be feeling similar to those who follow Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal, who had routed most of his opponents en route to the Strikeforce light heavyweight crown before running into fellow Brazilian Rafael Cavalcante in August. He’ll step back into the cage for Strikeforce 36 to take on Roger Gracie, yet another in the long assembly line that comes from the legendary Gracie family.

MMA Betting MMA Betting - "King Mo" Strikeforce Betting – Saturday, September 10th Lawal (7-1) started off as a heavyweight, and has since gone back and forth between that and light heavyweight, winning the 205-pound belt from Gerard Mousasi in April of last year.

However, Lawal’s reign didn’t last very long as he lost to Cavalcante via knockout in the third round of their fight in August, and since then Lawal has been recovering from knee surgery. Some baseball betting players would compare “King Mo” to a slugger in the middle of the lineup: the name of his game is strikes, as he has knocked out five of his opponents and is an accomplished kickboxer, but he began as a wrestler in college, winning a NCAA title in the second division.

You know what you’re going to get when a Gracie (4-0) steps into a cage: Brazilian jiu-jitsu and submissions, and the 29-year-old Roger is no exception. He is a second-degree black belt who has submitted all four of his opponents (three in the first round), and three of those have come via a rear-naked choke. He was supposed to fight “King Mo” on the July 30th card, which features a massive showdown between Fedor Emelianenko and light-heavyweight champion Dan Henderson (who beat Cavalcante to earn the belt), but Gracie needed more time to recover from a stress fracture. The level technicality from Gracie is something you won’t see on an episode of WWE Monday Night Raw: this is the real deal.

MMA betting odds have Lawal as a -140 sports betting favorite, but Gracie isn’t far behind at +110 and this will be a matchup of wills and contrasting styles. Lawal will want to keep this fight standing up, while Gracie will want to go to the mat, so it’ll be interesting to see who can impose their style in the cage. The question is, who will be able to hold on when the other fighter starts to get the upper hand? If Lawal ends up on the mat, can he avoid a mistake that will end the match? Will Gracie be able to hold his own when the two are in striking exchanges? We’re giving the edge to the grappling specialist. Wager on Roger Gracie as the underdog in your sports betting picks.

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