After all was said and done at Strikeforce’s most recent event on Saturday, two of the organization’s biggest fighters had suffered upset losses.
More importantly, however, both suffered some pretty serious medical issues as well.
According to manager Dan Lambert, Bobby Lashley had to be taken out of the Toyota Center in Houston after Strikeforce: Houston on a stretcher and rushed to a local hospital for severe dehydration. Lashley suffered the first loss of his professional MMA career at the hands of Chad Griggs via TKO after Griggs opened up a giant cut on the side of the former WWE star’s head. Lashley received 4 IVs to battle his dehydration and was reportedly conscious but despondant. He was later released from the hospital.
In addition to Lashley, former light heavyweight champion Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal suffered a significant medial setback, losing more than just his title on Saturday night. According to Sherdog.com’s Loretta Hunt via manager Ryan Parsons, King Mo suffered a tear of his anterior cruciate and posterior cruciate ligaments, leaving the former champion out for at least 9 months. Lawal went into his title match on Saturday as a heavy favorite, but lost via TKO in Round 3 of his title match against Rafael ‘Feijao’ Cavalcante.
The loss is a big blow to Strikeforce, as King Mo has become one of their more marketable stars and a face for an organization that is trying desperately to hang with the UFC. With the recent losses for Fedor, King Mo, Dan Henderson, Shinya Aoki, Lashley, and Gegard Mousasi and the departure of Jake Shields, many of the organization’s torchbearers have fallen by the wayside over the past couple of months. How will Strikeforce fare against the UFC when their most recognizable champion is UFC cast-off Nick Diaz?