Not only did “King Mo” Lawal add another win to his decorated resume at Bellator 123, but it looks like the talented fighter may have alienated a whole state of MMA fans in the process…
If you missed it, Lawal put away Dustin Jacoby in round two at the event, after stunning the light-heavyweight with a thumping overhand right, and then finishing the deal with G-N-P strikes. The bout went down at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
While it was an important win for the decorated wrestler, it’s what Lawal had to say about the fans in attendance afterwards, which is also making headlines (and yes, guilty as charged…).
Lawal received more than a few boos during the bout, especially after he pretended to be stunned by Jacoby early on. Although the taunting evidently didn’t sit well with the crowd, Lawal told MMA Junkie that the booing dates back to his win over Mikhail Zayats in February.
“My last fight (in Connecticut), when I fought Zayats, they were booing because I was like, ‘Look, I’m slipping, and he’s slipping. I’m not going to try to go out there and fight if we’re both slipping. I’m going to go out there and just get the victory and fight Quinton (Jackson), And they were booing me. Everything he threw, they were oohing and awwing, and trying to boo me.”
So is the outspoken fighter worried about the response he received? No. No he isn’t.
“The crowd was going off because they don’t like me, so I started clowning around,” Lawal said afterwards. “Man, I don’t care if they like me. What state is this? Connecticut? They can all kiss my ass.”
How about them apples Connecticut? The 33 year-old went on to add that some people like “realness” and some like “fakeness”, but since he keeps it real, he’s a polarizing fighter. Yes. That’s fair to say.
Lawal’s popularity numbers in the northeast state aside, it will be interesting to see what Bellator does with the vet next, now that he’s scored another big win. One would think that the promotion has to be considering rematching Lawal versus “Rampage” Jackson at some point. Hopefully, if and when they do, the pre-fight build up doesn’t include any masked men…