Former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal has laid down the gauntlet to his rival Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson by challenging him to a fight when the UFC return to Japan in February.
“@Rampage4real Say said u wanna fight me!! Lets do it in Japan!!!! I dont like u and u dont like me. I wanna fight u, u wanna fight me!” Lawal wrote on Twitter yesterday.
Of course there is the small matter of Lawal still being signed with Strikeforce, but with that promotion appearing to be on it’s last legs it’s not inconceivable that he could indeed be under contract with the UFC by the time the event takes place.
If it could be arranged it’s a fight that makes a lot of sense. For one thing both fighters have a close association with Japan, with ‘Rampage’ having made his name in PRIDE, while ‘King Mo’ started his career in Sengoku.
The two also have a long-standing feud so it shouldn’t be too difficult to convince them to get into the Octagon together to settle their differences.
Lawal is currently 8-1 in his MMA career and after losing his title to Rafael ‘Feijao’ Cavalcante in 2010 and then undergoing knee surgery he rebounded last month with a first round KO victory over Roger Gracie.
Meanwhile Jackson came off second best in his recent UFC light-heavyweight title fight with Jon Jones. After the event he requested the chance to avenge an old loss to Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua at the upcoming Japan show, but with the Brazilian currently scheduled to fight Dan Henderson on November 19th that may not be possible.
The UFC’s return to Japan takes place on February 26th, and according to Dana White they are currently planning to air the show on free-TV as the lead-in to a Las Vegas pay-per-view event.