Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal has some clear plans for Bellator’s debut PPV on Nov. 2.
“Tune in and watch me beat this dude up,” Lawal told SciFighting.com.
Lawal, the former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion, will be looking to get a little revenge against Emmanuel Newton at the event, fighting for the interim Bellator light heavyweight championship. When the two fought in February, Lawal was in charge of the fight until Newton landed a stunning spinning backfist that stopped Lawal in his tracks and knocked him out.
It was a major upset, a setback for both Lawal and Bellator, which had heavily promoted the fighter and at the time was banking on him to be its marquee star.
Lawal, of course, bounced back, winning back-to-back fights by KO. Now Lawal is poised to reign at the top of the light heavyweight division, if he can overcome Newton’s power this time around.
Lawal is not worried though.
“I know it was a fluke,” Lawal said. “Everyone knows it was a fluke. I am just going to win.”
Lawal said he’s gonna fight his fight and do whatever it takes to win.
“My goal is to do whatever works,” he said. “I am just going to go out there and fight.”
Lawal will appear on a historic card, headlined by UFC Hall of Famer and MMA pioneer Tito Ortiz battling former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. By staging its first PPV, Bellator is sending a direct message to the UFC that it is prepared to fight it out for MMA supremacy.
Although the UFC is the most profitable and successful brand in MMA, the Viacom-owned Bellator is aggressively moving to challenge the UFC. Stars such as Lawal, Ortiz and Jackson, along Eddie Alvarez, Michael Chandler and Ben Askren are just some of the prominent and rising stars under contract with Bellator.
“This is a big step for Bellator,” Lawal said. “Pay-Per-View is a big deal. I am just happy there are so many good fighters on this card. After this card, there will be a lot of new stars born.”
Lawal is looking forward to the main event. He said Ortiz and Jackson could be headlining “anywhere.”
“It’s a fight,” Lawal said. “Watch it. If you don’t feel these guys should be fighting in the main event then start training and take their spot.”
For Lawal, he’s happy to be on the card and fighting for a title.
“As long as I am fighting, I am happy,” he said.