Former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal has ventured into a new career.

Lawal, who is currently suspended from competing in MMA, has taken up professional wrestling thanks to his contract with Bellator. He has already appeared for TNA Wrestling, the same promotion that runs shows on Spike TV – the 2013 home of Bellator.

Lawal, a former college wrestling standout, is a renowned worker in the gym. His skills, however, have been pushed to the test in pro wrestling training.

“I thought it was going to be hard, but this (pro wrestling) is harder than I expected,” said Lawal, in a recent interview with Bleacher Report. “I’m going to tell you this: pro wrestling training is three times harder than MMA. It’s harder because of the psychology, the positioning, the bumps, hitting the ropes, and cutting promos.”

Lawal was released from Strikeforce following a positive drug test and an outburst against the Nevada Athletic Commission that suspended him. He has been working with Ohio Valley Wrestling at sharpening his skills.

“That shit is hard,” Lawal said. “People don’t understand this shit. People think wrestling is all fake. If you think it is fake, come try it out and you will see how real it really is.”

Lawal (8-1) is scheduled to compete for Bellator in early 2013.