King Mo vs. Bader Set for Bellator 180
At Bellator 175, Muhammad "King Mo" Lawal scored a victory over Quinton "Rampage" Jackson in the main event — a re-match from their main event encounter at Bellator 120. Bellator 120 has been the only pay-per-view held by the promotion thus far.
But Bellator will be holding it’s second pay-per-view event this June at Madison Square Garden in New York City. With two title matches, Fedor Emelianenko’s first bout in the USA in years and the Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva grudge match already booked for the main card, the undercard on Spike TV needed a big bout of its own.
That was announced last night, as Ryan Bader stepped into the cage following King Mo’s main event win. It was then announced King Mo and Bader will face off with each other at the event.
This will be Bader’s first fight in Bellator, after spending eight years with the UFC since winning the eighth season of The Ultimate Fighter. Bader is currently on a two-fight winning streak, scoring victories over Ilir Latifi and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in his final bouts with the UFC in 2016. King Mo, meanwhile, has now won two of his last four bouts after previously winning seven straight. Since the loss in the first bout with Jackson, however, King Mo has now won six of seven bouts in the Bellator promotion — with the sole loss being a decision to Phil Davis in May 2016.
The winner of this bout between Bader and King Mo is likely to challenge Phil Davis for the Bellator light heavyweight title in the future.
The pay-per-view portion of this Bellator event will be known as Bellator NYC, while the undercard — which will feature the King Mo vs. Bader bout — will be known as Bellator 180.