Fireworks surrounding the Bellator 120 pre-fight press conference continue to burn nearly a week after Quinton Jackson shoved Mo Lawal during weigh-ins. Jackson’s act may have riled up onlookers and built hype for their ultimately mediocre match the following night, but it nearly cost “Rampage” his headlining slot.
Jackson’s trainer, Fabiano Iha, confirmed with Scifighting that the former UFC light heavyweight champion was fined $10,000 by the Mississippi Athletic Commission (MAC) immediately after the event. The fine -first reported by MMAFighting.com’s Luke Thomas-was directly taken from Jackson’s winnings.
The fighters exchanged words throughout Friday’s presser, cultivating with Jackson shoving Lawal in the chest. MAC head Jon Lewis met with Jackson backstage to inform him of the committee’s decision; news which Jackson didn’t take honorably.
Jackson became belligerent and, according to Lewis, he “got very irate and at this point was f-bombing me pretty bad.” Lewis went on to detail how the fighter was remorseful and felt a fine was appropriate. If Jackson hadn’t cooled down, Lewis wouldn’t have hesitated in removing him from the headlining bout.
“Rampage” won Bellator 120’s main event via unanimous decision, earning 29-28 scores on every judge’s scorecard.
A WWE-style feud between the light heavyweights began while Jackson and Lawal shared a van in 2009. Lawal referred to him as “Bum-page” and claimed to be the best, despite “King Mo’s” inexperience at the time.
Their bickering cultivated at Bellator 110 when Jackson called Lawal out following his knockout of Christian M’Pumbu. Lawal climbed the cage and grabbed the microphone, leading to an all-out brawl.
Stay tuned to Scifighting as more information becomes available.