Being the light-heavyweight champion of the UFC’s main rival Strikeforce, Mohammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal will be an interested spectator at tomorrow evening’s UFC 114 event.
Lawal will be cheering his Team Jackson training partner Rashad Evans on to victory on the night, and he is convinced that ‘Suga’ will prove to much for his rival Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson.
“…conditioning – no, speed – no, athleticism – no, hunger – no, drive – no, focus… motivation – no, wrestling – no,” is Lawal’s rather lengthy list of the attributes he believes Rampage does not possess, though he does acknowledge he has “one punch strength.”
If you hadn’t already guessed then it’s worth noting that there is no love lost between King Mo and Rampage, and the two have engaged in verbal attacks at one another in the past.
King Mo’s final verdict – “Rashad by whatever he wants.”
Meanwhile former two-time UFC light-heavyweight champion Randy Couture was more diplomatic in his assessment of the fight.
“”It’s interesting to see if Rashad has come all the way back from the knockout from Machida and psychologically how he’s feeling about that. With a guy like Rampage who’s a banger, he can hit. Both guys have the common fight with Chuck, similar outcomes.
“I think Rashad’s wrestling is stronger than Rampage’s,” he tells the Fight Network. “We saw Henderson control the early part of that fight with Rampage using some wrestling. So Rashad has that capability. Although until his last fight we hadn’t seen that from him. He tries to stand and bang with everybody.”
“I think if Rashad goes out and uses, implements the All-American wrestling that he has, he can make it a long night for Rampage.”
Check out King Mo’s verdict on the fight in the video below.