Not only is “King Mo” Lawal one of Bellator’s top fighters, he’s also one of the promotion’s best interviews. For that matter, he’s one of the best interviews in the entire sport.
Yes, Lawal has always been one to speak his mind. Case in point, this is the guy who started verbally trashing Bellator’s former boss man, Bjorn Rebney–during a broadcast–after he lost a controversial decision to “Rampage” Jackson last May. Lawal has also referred to himself as a “moneyweight“, since he’s willing to take fights at other weights, as a means to get paid. This is one of the reasons Lawal moved up from 205 to face heavyweight Cheick Kongo in February. The decorated wrestler won the bout via UD.
Up next, Lawal is booked to competed in Bellator’s light-heavyweight tourney, which will be part of this Saturday’s “Dynamite” card. In advance of the tourney, Lawal recently spoke with the media, and he relayed the following thoughts about MMA (quotes via MMA Fighting.com):
“MMA is entertainment. People don’t get that. ‘Oh, it’s a sport.’ When fans are like, ‘This is a black eye for our sport.’ No, it’s entertainment, playa….
“If the [football] game is 3-0, what do y’all say?” Lawal said. “Defense wins games. Basketball in a low-scoring game, man that’s great defense. The Spurs, great team. Ravens, great team. Defensive team. It doesn’t have to be a blowout, if it’s a high-scoring game, oh we’re entertained. That’s crazy. But the defense of these teams suck. That’s what y’all say. MMA, if I’m 30-0 and I got 29 decisions, what are people gonna say about me? That I’m boring. ‘Oh, Mo just lays and prays. Mo did this. Boo!’ And guess what’s gonna happen? If they start booing me because I fight a certain way, this is what’s gonna happen: I might get cut if I lose and I won’t headline nothing. In true sports, all that matters is the result.”
It’s kind of hard to argue with Lawal on this. Sure, some fans will argue that they don’t enjoy watching football games that are 10-3, but there’s no doubt that technical / defensive fighters have a much tougher hill to climb, in terms of earning praise.
Lawal, who has won three straight fights, is scheduled to fight Linton Vassell in the opening round of “Dynamite’s” 205 tourney. Phil Davis will take on Emanuel Newton in the other bracket. Saturday’s event will be broadcast on Spike.