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Strikeforce: Muhammed 'King Mo' Lawal Returns On January 7th

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"King Mo" is eyeing a date with revenge.

According to reports from Tatame, former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Muhammed Lawal (8-1) has agreed to fight on Strikeforce's January 7th card. An opponent has yet to be confirmed, but the 30-year-old has his gaze squarely set on the only man to ever defeat him: Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante.

"I want to fight him again because now I'm healthier," Lawal said. "Before, when I fought him I had no meniscus, I had no stability on my knees. I fought him, I was winning, he caught me with a knee, and then that's it, and elbows. But now, I'm ready."

"Feijao" is reportedly recovering from injuries and it's unclear whether or not the former champion will be available for the early-2012 show.

Regardless, the contest could be "King Mo's" last under the Strikeforce banner. Lawal's contract expires in February and the wrestler has been quite vocal about his desire to join the UFC.

"I have to wait until my contract with Strikeforce ends," he explained. "We'll see. I just don't know. I don't know what's happening, no one knows what's happening. But, hopefully, everything turns out good in the end."

Strikeforce fight card:

Middleweight Championship: Luke Rockhold vs. Keith Jardine
Light heavyweight: Muhammed Lawal vs. TBA