The finals of the season 10 Bellator light heavyweight tournament between Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal have been added to the first ever Bellator PPV on May 17th. Bellator MMA announced the news in a press release Tuesday morning.
This bout will serve as the co-main event.
The event is located at the Lander’s Center near Memphis, Tennessee, Rampage’s hometown. Tickets for the Bellator PPV go on sale March 14th at 10 a.m. CST and can be purchased on TicketMaster.com, Bellator.com, or the Landers Center box office.
Rampage entered the tournament for the first time at the start of season 10, knocking out Christian M’Pumbu in the first round. King Mo was no stranger to the Bellator tournament but with the animosity that boiled over just after Rampage’s fight and then carried over in to the post-fight press conference, a win over Rampage may be just as important as winning the tournament as a whole.
Rampage released a statement in the release about fighting King Mo in his hometown.
“I’ve been wanting to come back to Memphis for the last decade, and I’m finally getting that chance to fight in one of the biggest fights of my career for Bellator,” Jackson said. “After being part of the Bellator family for a while now, I feel like the old Rampage, and that’s not a good thing for Mo. I’m back, I’m a monster, and I’m looking to put on another entertaining fight for all my fans on May 17th.”
For King Mo, not only is a win over one rival in Rampage a big deal, but with a win, he could be even closer to getting a third shot at defeating Emanuel Newton, who stunned King Mo with a spinning backlist knockout in their first meeting, then won the interim light heavyweight belt in their second at Bellator 106.
“When it comes down to it, this is a fight I’ve wanted for a long time, and I’m going to be able to beat his ass in his hometown, and everyone is going to respect me,” Lawal said. “Rampage is just a stepping stone in my way to get that title shot again and get that belt. It’s all I want, and after I beat Rampage, I’m going for that belt, simple as that.”
The main event of the Bellator PPV is a rubber match of what will be remembered as one of the best trilogies (or individual fights for that matter) of all time as Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez battles Michael Chandler.
“We now have two fights on this card that are absolute fireworks,” Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney said. “Like I said before, we have Alvarez and Chandler headlining a card that will end the best trilogy ever in MMA, and now we’ve added two more superstars to the mix with Rampage and King Mo. May 17th is going to be an absolutely huge night for Bellator, live on Pay-Per-View.”
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