On Monday, Bellator MMA announced their two biggest mainstream names will return to action on February 28. Former UFC champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (pictured) and Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal will start out on opposite ends of Bellator’s light heavyweight tournament, setting up a potential shootout down the road.
Rampage meets Christian M’Pumbu, while King Mo faces Mikhail Zayats.
Rampage made his promotional debut by knocking out Joey Beltran in November. It marked the veteran’s first win since May 2011.
“This is what Bellator is all about,” Rampage said. “I’ve never felt better, and now it’s about getting the belt. Bellator is all about the tournaments, and if that’s what you need to do to get that belt, that’s what I’m going to do. M’Pumbu is up first, and when I finish him, it’s King Mo or Zayats, and then it’s onto the belt, simple as that.”
King Mo, meanwhile, will be looking to bounce back from yet another loss to Emanuel Newton. The former Strikeforce champ has posted a disappointing 3-2 mark since joining Bellator with such hoopla.
“I’m not going to sit here and say I’m changing up my whole game plan, and you are going to see a new fighter,” Mo said. “That’s just not me. I know what I do, I know who I am, and that’s who you are going to see on February 28th, plain and simple. Me. It’s all about getting that belt.”
Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut hosts the festivities. Spike TV broadcasts the main card starting at 9PM ET/PT.