Bellator is betting on a competitive grudge match between Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal as the headliner for Bellator 120. One man who doesn't think like that is UFC light heavyweight contender Daniel "DC" Cormier.
This guy insisted that I fight. This guys called me when I was at my lowest point everyday. This guy paid my mortgage when I was broke. Hes my brother and I can't wait until he competes this weekend in his 1st ppv main event. You don't meet many people like Muhammad Lawal in one lifetime and I am lucky to have this guy. Watch him put an end to rampage career. Mo you a champion my brother and good luck. You won't need it. #brother #teamthirsty #okstate #worldteam my brother. Kick his ass MO! @kingmofh
Cormier and Lawal were roommates while they were attending Oklahoma State University, and Cormier has detailed how Lawal has helped him through some very tragic events.
For Lawal, it certainly paints a different picture of "King Mo." The image most fans are shown of the Bellator light heavyweight is one of confidence/arrogance and a certain level of flash. He does wear a crown to the cage after all.
Lawal will face "Rampage" in the main event of Bellator 120, the first time the promotion will put on a pay-per-view event. The winner will be crowned Season 10 light heavyweight tournament winner and receive a title shot down the line.
"King Mo" has a litany of amateur wrestling credentials, along with a Strikeforce title on his mantle. He will be looking for his third title opportunity after getting bounced in the Season 8 semifinals by Emanuel Newton and losing to Newton once again in a rematch at Bellator 106.
Jackson, meanwhile, has yet to taste defeat inside the Bellator cage. He's one of the most recognizable names in the sport of MMA and recently knocked out former Bellator light heavyweight champ Christian M'Pumbu in the first round.
"Rampage" will undoubtedly be looking to add another knockout to his resume, as his punching power is among the best in MMA. Meanwhile, it will be something of a question mark as to what "King Mo" will use as a game plan. He has the wrestling credentials but has been looking to show off his improved striking game in recent fights.