Depending on how big of a MMA fan you are, and whether your combat sports’ diet is limited to only the UFC, then you may be unaware that “King Mo” Lawal is fighting Cheick Kongo on Friday night. Yes, that’s right, at Bellator 134, Lawal is moving up from 205 to battle the powerful heavyweight and UFC vet. Now that’s what you call ‘game’.
Now, Lawal has fought at heavyweight in the past, but that was several years ago when he was still establishing himself in the MMA industry. Lawal went on to win the Strikeforce light-heavyweight title, and more recently, the vaunted wrestler has established himself as one of Bellator’s top 205’ers.
So why fight Kongo? Who has gone 4-1 since he exited from the UFC in 2013? Well, while discussing that very question with MMA Junkie.com recently, here is some of what “King Mo” had to say:
“The opportunity was at heavyweight, so I decided to take it,” Lawal said. “I’ll fight at heavyweight; I’ll fight at 205. I’m a money-weight. I’ll take any fight, anywhere that I can make. If I can make the weight and the opportunity is there, that’s my weight class. That’s how I see it.”
Yes, being able / willing to fight at several weight classes is certainly a good way to increase your bank roll. Originally, Bellator 134 was supposed to feature Bobby Lashley taking on James Thompson, but after that fight fell through, the promotion announced Lawal-Kongo.
And what about Kongo’s size, reach, and power advantage? Lawal offered this take on the match-up:
“I haven’t check me weight much because all I worry about doing is feeling strong and ready,” Lawal said. “Skill and technique takes over size. Skill, tactics and technique is what wins fights. My goal is just to beat Kongo and then see what happens from there.”
It’s an intriguing fight, no question, and it will be interesting to see whether Kongo can keep the fight standing (as one would assume Lawal will look to take it down no?).
Bellator 134 will go down at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.