Bellator have announced that Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal will move up to heavyweight to fight Cheick Kongo in what they are billing as a ‘superfight’ at Bellator 134 on February 27th.
“We’re going to put on a big superfight and it’s something this person’s been asking me for a long time to move up in weight and try out the heavyweight division,” Bellator CEO Scott Coker told The MMA Hour show earlier this week. “I said, ‘Ok, this might be a great time and let’s get it on’. King Mo is going to step up to heavyweight and he’s going to fight Cheick Kongo in a superfight on the 27th at the Mohegan Sun.”
After losing out to Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson in a controversial decision ruling to decide the winner of Bellator’s light-heavyweight tournament in May of last year, ‘King Mo’ has produced back-to-back TKO victories against Dustin Jacoby and Joe Vedepo.
Kongo is also on a two-fight winning streak in the heavyweight division after coming up short in a title fight opportunity last year.
‘King Mo’ Vs Kongo won’t headline the event though as that honor will fall to light-heavyweight champion Emanuel Newton who takes on the undefeated Liam McGeary.
Paul Daley was also supposed to challenge for the welterweight title against Douglas Lima, but the champion has just pulled out injured and so the Brit will now face Andre Santos instead.