The Daily Recap: King Mo’s Health Scare, Coenen Returns to Action at All-Female Event & More

Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal. Photo by Esther Lin/

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

Former Strikeforce light heavyweight champ Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal reportedly suffered a health scare in the last month courtesy of another injury to his recently repaired ACL as well as a very bad case of staph. According to Lawal and his manager, the fighter is currently feeling well and the infection is under control. He will be on pain medication and antibiotics through a PICC line to his heart for another six weeks but is expected to make a full recovery. [MMA Mania]

Marloes Coenen will return to action on April 28 at Invicta Fighting Championships' first-ever all-female fight card against Romy Ruyssen, who Coenen defeated via second-round submission back in August 2008. Other advertised bouts for the card include Jessica Penne vs. Lisa Ellis-Ward, Liz Carmouche vs. Ashleigh Curry, Sarah D’Alelio vs. Shana Nelson and Leslie Smith vs. Kaitlin Young. [Sherdog]

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will serve as an honorary race official for NASCAR's 54th annual Daytona 500 race, which will take place on February 26 at Daytona International Speedway in Florida and will air live on FOX. "I am thrilled to be able to serve as honorary race official at this year's Daytona 500, NASCAR's premier event," Jones said in a press release to the media. "Like the UFC, NASCAR has a passionate and knowledgeable fan base, and I am honored that I will get to share this experience with them." [MMA Junkie]

Brazilian submission specialist Rani Yahya has made the decision to drop down to the bantamweight division. Yahya was slated to face Jonathan Brookins as last week's UFC on FUEL TV event but was forced off of the card after suffering an injury during training camp and chose to make the drop from featherweight to 135 lbs shortly after. [Tatame]


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