Rampage Jackson vs. King Mo: Viewing Info and Prediction for Epic Showdown

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistMay 17, 2014

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 21:  Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson attends the Pastrana-Waltrip Racing announcement of the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide partnership on January 21, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images for Waltrip Racing)
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Bellator's inaugural pay-per-view event on Saturday night features a loaded card highlighted by what will surely be a violent showdown between Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal.

The promotion is pulling out its biggest guns possible, as expected. Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney expects a major turnout, as captured by Bob Bakken of desototimestribune.com:

"It's going to be a packed house," he said. "The lower bowl is going to be completely packed and the upper bowl is filling up right now. It will be a packed, loud, crazy house with Rampage here coming home. The response has been unbelievable."

The card is stacked from top to bottom, but the main event is what will steal the show and potentially make the event a success from a financial standpoint. Jackson and Lawal have a lengthy history, and watching things come to a head at this stage of their careers is still worth the time investment. 

Let's take a look at the details surrounding the highly anticipated event and break down the biggest fight of the night.


Bellator 120

Where: Landers Center in Southaven, Mississippi

When: 6:30 p.m. ET, Main Card at 10 p.m.

Bellator 120 Viewing Information, Card
Internet Prelims 6:30 p.m. ET
Matchups Weight Class
Austin Lyons vs. Zach Underwood Featherweight
Mike Wessel vs. Justin Frazier Heavyweight
Andy Uhrich vs. Ben Brewer Welterweight
Andy Lemon vs. Codie Shuffied Welterweight
Brian Hall vs. Cortez Phelia bantamweight
Spike TV Prelims 8 p.m. ET
Matchups Weight Class
Mike Richman vs. Goiti Yamauchi Featherweight
Shahbulat Shamhalaev vs. Fabricio Guerreiro Featherweight
Marcin Held vs. Nate Jolly Lightweight
Cheick Kongo vs. Eric Smith Heavyweight
Main Card PPV 10 p.m. ET
Matchups Weight Class
Michael Page vs. Ricky Rainey Welterweight
Alexander Volkov vs. Blagoi Ivanov Heavyweight
Tito Ortiz vs, Alexander Shlemenko Light Heavyweight
Michael Chandler vs. Will Brooks Lightweight
Quinton Jackson vs. Muhammed Lawal Light Heavyweight



Nov 2, 2013; Long Beach, CA, USA;   Muhammed Lawal in the cage before the start of his Bellator Interim Light Heavyweight World Title Fight against Emanuel Newton (not pictured) at the Long Beach Arena. Newton won the fight. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-

It's safe to say Rampage and King Mo don't like each other too much. This was apparent yet again when the two got physical at the weigh-ins for the event, as captured by MMAWeekly.com on Twitter:

While this fight is a tough sell due to both fighters being so deep into their careers, there will still be some entertaining stand-up action on display.

Make no mistake, King Mo will run away with the fight with relative ease if he takes things to the mat and wrestles. But will he?


Lawal has continued to get better with each fight after a bout with staph infections, but he has yet to put everything together in one cohesive package.

It's a battle of contrasting styles on Saturday night. Rampage was great on the mat early in his career, but his departure from UFC in part had to do with his desire to act as more of a striker. He's got a great chin, so his standing in there and hurting King Mo while upright would not come as a surprise.

As Josh Gross of DWNLA notes, it is Jackson who can save the first Bellator pay-per-view from being a disappointment:

Jackson will uphold his end of the bargain. He has not lost by TKO or KO since 2005. Lawal on the other hand has lost twice in the past four years via strikes.

Considering Jackson has not lost much power, still has a great jaw and can do much to counter Lawal's wrestling advances, expect him to score a major win and move on to face current champion, Emanuel Newton.

Prediction: Rampage wins via decision


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