It hasn’t taken Bellator long to book “King Mo” Lawal his next fight, following his stoppage win over Dustin Jacoby earlier this month, as the promotion’s announced he’ll battle Tom DeBlass on November 15th.
Now if you’re thinking you’ve heard something about these two fighting before, that’s because Lawal was scheduled to fight Deblass at Bellator 123. The light-heavyweight, however had to withdraw due to injury. Jacoby stepped in for DeBlass on September 5th, but was taken out by Lawal in the second round.
Anyone who has followed Lawal knows that the former Strikeforce champ isn’t exactly shy and is one gifted, self promoter. You may recall that following Lawal’s win over Jacoby, “King Mo” told the Connecticut fans that were booing him that night to kiss his “ass.”
So, in other words, it’s not surprising to see that Lawal and DeBlass have already begun tossing verbal shots at one another. In the official press release announcing the Bellator 131 scrap, Lawal was quoted saying:
“Tom has been talking since we were supposed to fight in September,” Lawal said. “He’s a good fighter, but my jab is going to erase his teeth and swell up his eyes. My right is going to make him see stars and bright lights. Another fight, another win.”
Yikes. If Lawal’s prediction is even remotely accurate, then it sounds like DeBlass should take out some extra dental coverage prior to next month’s clash. DeBlass was not to be outdone, however, as he offered this stinging retort:
“Listen, I respect Mo and I think he’s a world class athlete,” DeBlass said. “That being said, I know what I’m capable of, and I not only believe that I will win the fight, but I’m going to finish him. Bellator has treated me incredible, and I’ve been asking for big fights. Let Mo do his talking. His mouth is his best weapon.”
How about that for a little, pre-fight trash talk huh? It will be interesting to see how DeBlass does against Lawal, as he hasn’t fought since last November now when he KO’d fellow UFC vet Jason Lambert.
Lawal, on the other hand, has fought three times in 2014 already, as he was decisioned by “Rampage” Jackson in May but scored a UD win over Mikhail Zayats in February.
Bellator 131 will be hosted by the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California, and will feature Stephan Bonnar taking on Tito Oriz in the main event. There’s been no word, however, as to whether any more masked men might appear….
The card will also see former lightweight champ Michael Chandler take on interim champ Will Brooks, to determine Bellator’s new champion. That fight should be fantastic.