It’s fair to say that Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal was not best pleased last night after he lost out by a controversial unanimous decision ruling (29-28 x3) to his rival Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson in the main event of Bellator’s first ever pay-per-view event last night.
In many pundits eyes ‘King Mo’ had done enough to win the somewhat underwhelming fight thanks to his wrestling and clinch work in the first and third rounds, but the judges saw it otherwise, and a furious Lawal then vented his anger at Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney.
“Bjorn, you know what’s up man, you dick ridin’ ass,” ‘King Mo’ said after grabbing the mic in the cage after the fight. “You know I won that f*ckin’ fight, you over their smiling and sh*t. You know I won that fight.
“Rampage – nothing against you, but I beat you though, dog. You know it, your corner know it, I won that fight.
“And Bjorn, you dick ridin’ ass. Cut me then if you don’t like me. You know I won that fight, Bjorn.”
Remarkable stuff for the head of a promotion to be put on blast like that.
For his part ‘Rampage’ didn’t appear to be overly confident that he was the rightful winner and he told his hometown fans that he wanted a rematch with ‘King Mo’.
“I’m not happy with my victory tonight. I wanted to knock ‘King Mo’ out. I won’t be satisfied until he’s down on this Bellator mat sleeping.”
At the post-fight press conference Rebney opted to brush aside Lawal’s post-fight comments and instead seemed open to the rematch, while also emphasizing that it’s not the only big fight they can make in the division.
“Talk about good problems to have,” Rebney told the assembled media. “They’re talking rematch; we’ve got Emanuel Newton, who’s a spectacularly talented fighter who fits into the mix because he’s got the belt.
“Options. You look to build the kind of depth where you have [options], where you’ve a ‘King Mo’ Lawal and ‘Rampage’ Jackson and Tito Ortiz sitting a few seats down, and by the way, Emanuel Newton actually has the belt and has been beating people up in the cage, and there’s more. You dream about building an organization like this, having partners like Spike, getting a million people-plus per week watching, and then having that kind of depth. That’s what my fantasy was a few years ago, and it’s coming true.”