Viacom brought “King Mo” Lawal on board to compete in Bellator (and perform in TNA Impact Wrestling), not only because of the former Strikeforce champ’s athleticism, high level wrestling and stopping power, but because he’s also a gifted promoter. Lawal doesn’t just mail in a bland and contrived interview.
Up next, Lawal will rematch Emanuel Newton at Bellator’s first PPV event on November 2nd, after the latter blew people’s minds in February, by flooring “King Mo” with a spinning back fist. Since Newton and Lawal are two of the promotion’s top 205érs and will fight for the interim belt, booking that bout for the PPV certainly made sense. Not only that, but Lawal hasn’t been shy about the fact that he doesn’t care for how Newton is characterizing him, as well as the KO win.
Case in point, here’s what Lawal had to say about his loss to Newton and “The Hardcore Kid” himself, while appearing on the latest “MMA Hour.”
“F– him,” said Lawal. “F— him and f— everybody else that rides with him. I’m going to f— him up.”
“That spinning backfist was a joke, you know what I’m saying?” Lawal said. “It’s not happening. He’s running his mouth like I was being disrespectful toward him, which I never have been. He trains with Antonio McKee. Antonio’s my boy. But the fact he went out there and said I was disrespectful toward him, I never said a bad thing about that dude during the fight. He’s going to hear a lot during the fight. You’re going to hear me talk shit to him, put it like that. Hell yeah, man. F— him. Straight up.”
Doesn’t sound like there’s a lot of positivity going on there right now huh? While Lawal may be the bigger name, and is certainly a ridiculously talented fighter, Newton’s no joke. The well rounded fighter is 9-1 in his last 10, and his only loss during that run came via split decision to champion Attila Vegh. That is definitely one of the November 2nd card’s top fights.
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