Bellator light heavyweight Mo Lawal did a good job dulling memories of his defeat to Emanuel Newton by blasting Seth Petruzelli into orbit last month. Then again, “King Mo” could probably score ten straight knockouts of an equally brutal nature and never fully erase Newton’s Spinning Backfist finish from the minds of the MMA fanbase.
However, the stumble doesn’t appear to bother Lawal as much as might be assumed. He recently offered up his thoughts on the highlight-reel stoppage to MMAWeekly, labeling it as little more than a fluke.
“It’s not like MMA is a greater sport than wrestling. My losses in wrestling hurt me a lot more than my losses in MMA. My MMA losses are, like, whatever. But my wrestling losses hurt more. The loss is a loss, it ain’t going to kill me.”
“See, if he were to dominate me from cage post to cage post – listen, let’s keep it real. When he landed, he landed like, ‘Oh! What just happened? Oh I landed?!’ He was trying to act like he meant to do it.”
“Come on, man, let’s be real. When I land a punch, I know it’s over. I’m looking where I’m throwing. I don’t throw it to hope it lands, or this or that; I’m throwing it to land and for it to land solid. I’m watching everything I throw. He had that spinning backfist and he got lucky with it. When we fight again, it will be a different story, trust me. I know it will.”
Lawal’s next fight is set for Wednesday night at Bellator 97 where he’ll face Jacob Noe for a crack at the championship.
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