Did the undersized Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal execute a smart or cowardly wrestle-intensive gameplan in Friday’s (30-27, 28-29, 29-28) split decision victory over Cheick Kongo at Bellator 134?
Cowardly, if you were to ask Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (pictured).
“King Mo is a lil bitch,don’t know why any promoter will pay him to fight. Keep your head up @kongo4real I know how it is 2 fight a coward,” Jackson tweeted immediately after the scorecards were rendered (Oh, and to the judge who scored it 29-28 for Kongo – LMAO!).
Lawal has competed at light heavyweight for the past five years. He captured the Strikeforce title there. The 34-year-old jumped back to heavyweight to take challenge Kongo, who is an established heavyweight.
Was it the most aesthetically appealing scrap MMA has ever witnessed? No. Would it have been smart for a world-class wrestler to stand and bang with a lanky kickboxer who outweighed him by 22 pounds at Thursday’s weigh-ins who has a reputation for being incapable of operating off his back? No.
What did Jackson want Lawal to do, execute the strategy that best served Kongo?
It’s no secret Jackson hasn’t been pleased that wrestling has taken over the sport of MMA. However, this is mixed martial arts. Boxing and kickboxing are options for Jackson and Kongo if they don’t want to worry about the ground game.
At the same time, there’s no love lost between Jackson and Lawal. So even if Lawal would have knocked out Kongo with a highlight reel head kick, Rampage wouldn’t have given him any props.