King Mo Gets Revenge on Rampage
When they first faced off at Bellator 120, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson got the win over Muhammad "King Mo" Lawal in what was criticized as a lackluster light heavyweight bout.
Now with both men at heavyweight, their rematch in the main event of Bellator 175 wasn’t much better, but King Mo managed to pick up the victory and get revenge on his rival.
About halfway through round one, the first big offensive maneuver came when King Mo got the takedown on Jackson. However, there was a lot of stalling afterwards, as Jackson had several unsuccessful attempts to get back to his feet. King Mo unleashed a few shots in on Jackson’s head before the end of the round. Not much offense in from Jackson in the opening round.
With not much action again in the opening of round two (King Mo escaped Jackson’s attempts to brawl out), the crowd grew restless. King Mo got another takedown in on Jackson, but Rampage was able to get right back up this time. More inactivity. Jackson got some significant damage in on Lawal midway through the round, and Lawal responded by continuously changing levels. King Mo keeps clinching and attempting to avoid any more shots from Jackson, but Jackson throws Mo and gets his back. King Mo managed to survive, but not before taking shot after shot from Rampage.
It seemed, just like their last fight, everything came down to the final round. This time, Jackson successfully avoided King Mo’s takedown attempt. Not much action for about another minute or so, and referee "Big" John McCarthy warns both men, yet again, for inactivity. King Mo continuously sought a takedown before throwing a knee. Jackson escaped another takedown attempt from King Mo, but Lawal landed several shots that seemed to hurt Jackson.
That may have swayed the judges, as King Mo scored a unanimous decision win, with all three judges giving him 29-28 wins. After the bout, it was announced King Mo would fight Ryan Bader at Bellator 180, live on pay-per-view from New York City, in a bout that could determine the number one contender to Phil Davis.
Bellator 175 Results:
Muhammed Lawal def. Quinton Jackson via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Emmanuel Sanchez def. Marcos Galvao via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Sergei Kharitonov def. Chase Gormley via KO (Rd. 1, 3:55)
Noad Lahat def. Lloyd Carter via submission (rear-naked choke) (Rd. 2, 3:50)
Steve Kozola def. Jake Roberts via KO (Rd. 1, 0:28)
Bellator 175 Preliminary Card:
Josh Streaker def. Tom Holder via split decision
Cory Galloway def. David Garcia via submission (guillotine choke) (Rd. 1, 1:04)
Asef Askar def. James Esposito via submission (rear-naked choke) (Rd. 1, 3:06)
Brandon Shelhart def. Max Fuentes via submission (rear-naked choke) (Rd. 2, 2:21)
Joaquin Buckley def. Justin Patterson via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Tim Cho def. Joshua Hardwick via TKO (Rd. 3, 2:43)
Manny Vazquez def. Nate Williams via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-27, 29-28)
James Bochnovic def. Matt Paul via submission (rear-naked choke) (Rd. 1, 4:30)
Damian Norris def. Tom Shoaff via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Mike DeLaVega def. Brian Akins via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)