Former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal will make his Bellator debut on January 17, acccording to

Lawal and the rest of the Bellator crew will take part in a show from California. No opponent has been announced for Lawal, though the date means Bellator will shift from Friday to Thursday night when they begin airing on Spike TV in 2013.

Lawal (8-1) was released from Strikeforce after a failed post-fight drug test and tirade against the Nevada Athletic Commission. His suspension will end in January.