Inside and outside the cage, “King Mo” Lawal is never one to pull punches. He made his criticism of Bellator MMA under Bjorn Rebney and controversial decision loss to “Rampage” very well known. However, his opinion about the organization and leadership under Scott Coker has taken a turn for the better. As he tells told MMAfighting.com:
“Look at the situation we’re in right now,” Lawal said. “I think what Bellator is doing right now is great, cutting back on the amount of shows so they can put out quality events. Now, what [passes] as a quality event these days, [one good fight] here and there. Like, put out quality. Quality is what matters, not quantity. I feel like [MMA] has gotten to the point where it’s just watered down. It’s kind of like when you add more water to Kool-Aid and make you it more un-concentrated. No, make it more concentrated.”
Coker’s first actions in Bellator included focusing on fewer events and creating superfight cards. King Mo believes that focusing on quality cards will improve the Bellator product, but brings its own unique challenges when competing with other organizations:
“The UFC still has its pay-per-views,” Lawal continued. “There’s two a month (on top of other events) sometimes, right? That’s good, that’s great, they’re excited they’re expanding. But at the same time, boxing… now boxing has pay-per-views, but there are about two pay-per-views a year that are like the big events. Well, the way everyone markets MMA, it’s like every event is a big event. ‘Oh, it’s the biggest event of the year. Oh, it’s big as hell.’ They do it all the time. We have to find ways to market it a little different.”
King Mo has lost two opponents in the month leading up to his matchup in Bellator 123, ultimately set to face Scott Jacoby in the light heavyweight feature fight. Though he’s had to adjust his gameplan, King Mo has had no qualms about the change in opponents: “I train for the best situation and the worst situation. I train smart, I train hard. All the work is already done.”
See King Mo in action in Bellator 123 on Friday, September 5th. The Main card mathups kick off on Spike TV at 8/7C.