Some folks might believe “King Mo” Lawal should have passed on fighting Satoshi Ishii and Mirko “Cro Cop” in a span of two weeks, but the accomplished veteran isn’t offering any excuses for the defeat.
Lawal faced Ishii at Bellator 169 on December 16th, in Ireland, and earned a decision win over the Judoka. Then, two weeks later, Lawal flew out to Japan to fight “Cro Cop” in the quarterfinals of Rizin’s Open-Weight Grand-Prix. Things didn’t play out for Lawal, however, as he was stopped by the heavyweight in the second round.
Recently Lawal appeared on “MMA Junkie Radio”, and while discussing the fact he travelled across the world, to face two different heavyweights in a two week span, the noted wrestler stated (quote via MMA Junkie):
“I fought with a torn ACL most of my career,” Lawal said. “Most of my fights, probably I had a torn ACL just about. I could feel the weakness, but I couldn’t feel the pain. When it’s time to fight, all doubts, all injuries just go away. You have no time to think about that. So when it’s time to fight, jet lag, there’s no excuses, man. I knew what I was getting myself into. I chose to do it.
“As a matter of fact, I wanted to fight ‘Cro Cop.’ At one point, they were going to try to re-draw the brackets, I think, and I was like, ‘No, I want to fight ‘Cro Cop.” Why not? I’m a fighter…”
There’s no denying that Lawal is one of the top ‘money-weights’ in the game. After all, this is a guy who won Rizin’s heavyweight tourney in 2015, and Lawal’s also defeated heavyweight Cheick Kongo. Up next, the former Strikeforce 205 champ will rematch “Rampage” Jackson at Bellator 175, March 31st. The fight will also be contested at heavyweight.