Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal’s unfiltered tirade aimed at Bjorn Rebney, following a controversial decision loss to Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, may have been the only entertaining part of the Bellator 120 main event.
The Landers Center in Southaven, Mississippi was ripe with boos on Saturday night as the five-year feud between Jackson and Lawal ended in a forgettable, 15-minute snooze fest. After the fight, Jackson was awarded a 29-28 decision across the board, which prompted a seething Lawal to call out Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney.
“Bjorn, you know what’s up, d--k riding a--. I see you smiling,” Lawal yelled from the microphone in his post-fight interview.
Unfortunately for Bellator, “bumping gums” was the only legitimate entertainment the main event grudge match had to offer.
Lawal seemed more preoccupied with not getting knocked out than actually winning the fight. His entire game plan consisted of backpedaling and clinging on for dear life whenever Jackson closed the distance.
Jackson, on the other hand, was completely outworked in the wrestling department. It’s hard to believe that Jackson was once considered a world class wrestler in MMA. Many of Lawal’s takedowns were telegraphed and had little effort behind them.
After the fight, Jackson asked Rebney for an opportunity to redeem his performance in an immediate rematch with Lawal.
Perhaps the question that should be asked is whether Lawal will even have a job in the coming weeks.
The former Strikeforce light heavyweight champ has lost twice to Emmanuel Newton, and he is coming off a lackluster showing against Jackson. Not to mention, he uttered expletives at his boss on live television.
If anything, Rebney could always trade in the suit and tie for some stage boots and wrestling tights. TNA wrestling would be the perfect place to promote his boss vs. employee feud with Lawal.
As for MMA, we would all do just fine to never have to see Jackson vs. Lawal ever again.
Jordy McElroy is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also the MMA writer for Rocktagon.
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