King Mo: Once again it’s on
King Mo: Once again it’s on
By Xavier Porter, Brooklynfights.com
March 8, 2017
Brooklyn, N.Y. – “I don’t care who I fight. I want to fight the best” – King Mo
On March 31, 2017, at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion and Rizin heavyweight Grand Prix champion “King Mo” Muhammed Lawal (20-6, 13 KOs) will be taking on Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (37-11) at Bellator 175 in main event of what will be an action-packed fight card.
Lawal, the mixed-martial artist with love for fighting discussed his thoughts on taking on Jackson.
“I was approached with a fight a chance to fight Jackson the day of the Tito Ortiz vs Chael Sonnen fight,” Lawal said.
“This is a rematch fight. I feel I won our first fight. A lot of people (the fans and the media) have shared that they felt I won the fight as well. Its three years later and we’re doing the rematch in the cage, fighting at heavyweight.”
“He’s a wrestler but I’m a better wrestler. He may have size and experience but I’m quicker and more versatile. My strikes and take down is better. I’m exceptionally strong for my size. I’m going out there with my game plan and take care of business.
Both men have remained active since their first match in 2014. Jackson is currently on a 5-fight winning streak (3 decisions, 2 knockouts) with one of his decision wins coming against Lawal. Lawal has a record of (3-2) in his last five fights. Lawal, who’s coming a tough loss against Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic this past December, expressed his thoughts on the lead up to fighting one of the best kick boxers in mixed-martial arts history.
“I took the fight on a week’s notice. I had fought two weeks before in Ireland. I flew from Ireland, to the U.S., to Japan in a two week spam.”
“I was training to face someone else before I decided to take the fight. I have no excuses. Fighting Cro Cop was a good fight. He was a bigger guy. I had a game plan but it was tough to pull it off. It was a good learning experience.”
Lawal, who trains out of the American Top Team camp, has an extensive wrestling background. At thirty-six years old he expressed how he’d like to fight on a regular basis.
“I train in Florida. We have a big fight camp. People from all over the world come to train with us.”
“My goal is to fight four to five times every year. I don’t care who I fight. I want to fight the best. At the same time I want to be paid the right way. Making weight is not an issue for me for any fight, for any challenge. I’m most comfortable wherever it pays me what I am supposed to be paid.”
With so much discussion related to the difference between two of the toughest sports in mixed-martial arts and boxing Lawal shared his knowledge on the two. When asked his thoughts on a potential boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, he made a convincing argument as to who would win the match up.
“Mixed-martial arts and boxing are similar sports because they’re combat sports but they are also very different forms of fighting. Both sports take a lot of skill. Boxing is about skill and defense, setting traps.”
“A boxer who wants to fight in MMA needs to understand the ground game and distance. Both sports are very different. Only similarity is that you need a game plan and be in shape. It’s different, the timing is different.”
“What would McGregor be able to do differently that Mayweather’s (49) other opponents weren’t able to do? People think boxing gloves are like pillows and padded down but that’s not true. In fact, boxers actually hit hard with 8oz gloves on. There’s a reason why fighters are not successful with countering Floyd. It’s because he has power and he’s just too good.”
“I want to thank my team and everyone that’s been helping me to prepare and get ready for this fight. I’d also like to personally thank Coach Anthony and Yahu Blackwell. I hope everyone tunes in to watch this fight. I promise you will not want to miss this one.”
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