Bellator 120: Keys to Victory for 'King Mo' Lawal
On Saturday night, Bellator will have its first-ever pay-per-view, featuring an interim lightweight title fight between Michael Chandler and Will Brooks and a main event pitting Quinton "Rampage" Jackson against Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal.
These two have bad blood for a while and have been trash talking one another since King Mo was in Strikeforce and Rampage was in the UFC.
The winner of this fight gets a shot at the title, and for King Mo, that means a rematch with Emanuel Newton. There's a lot on the line for him at Bellator 120, so let's check out his keys to victory.
Work in the Clinch
Lawal is a former NCAA Division I wrestler. He has won three gold medals at the United States championships and just narrowly missed a spot on the 2008 Olympic wrestling roster. After that, he decided to start doing MMA.
He's a really good wrestler.
Rampage was easily controlled in the clinch by Joey Beltran, and King Mo should be able to do the same.
Using the clinch will allow Mo to beat up Rampage, tire him out and probably take him down.
Use His Ground-and-Pound
King Mo has scored two knockouts in Bellator with ground-and-pound, over Seth Petruzelli and Jacob Noe. Lawal is known for his vicious ground-and-pound, which he combines with his great wrestling.
Rampage usually finds a way to survive that, though, as the only person to finish him since 2005 has been UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.
Rampage is a tough guy to finish, so King Mo will have to make sure he doesn't tire himself out.
If he uses the clinch, scores takedowns and is able to control Rampage, by the second or third round, he'll be able to finish the fight wherever and however he wants to.
He has to be careful though, because Rampage is always a threat with his one-punch knockout power.