Muhammed Lawal, better known as “King Mo”, has enjoyed a 13-4-1 record in MMA since debuting in 2008. He’s among the most popular fighters in Bellator’s light heavyweight division, and hopes to take another step towards a title shot tomorrow night as he faces Joe Vedepo at Bellator 131 in San Diego.
But he may be just as well-known for his colorful demeanor — from wearing a crowd to the cage (or ring, in his appearances as a professional wrestler) to some of the game’s most memorable trash talk.
In a recent interview with MMA Weekly, the former US National freestyle wrestling champion Lawal was asked about Tito Ortiz, who will be fighting in the main event of Bellator 131, against the returning Stephan Bonnar.
As in his bouts, King Mo pulled no punches.
“I want Bonnar to win,” Lawal says (pictured to the left). “I like Bonnar’s personality. He keeps it real. Tito tries to keep it all professional, but he’s not. He’s fake.”
Regarding a possible bout between the two, Lawal says simply: “I would whoop his ass. That’s what would happen.”
“I don’t talk about the dude,” Lawal says. “If I’ve got something to say I’ll say it to his face. But he thinks he’s slick. To me, I want Bonnar to win.”
Ortiz is 17-11-1 as a professional, including a reign as UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. He made his Bellator debut in May, defeating Alexander Shlemenko with a arm triangle.
Lawal’s original opponent, Tom DeBlass, was forced to pull out of Bellator 131 due to a cut he sustained in training for the bout. Vedepo agreed to the bout, on about two week’s notice, earlier this month.