After breezing through Rizin Fighting Federation’s Heavyweight Grand Prix on New Year’s Eve weekend with a pair of KO finishes sandwiching a unanimous decision win, Bellator MMA star Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal (pictured) is calling for a fight against the biggest heavyweight name not in the UFC in Fedor Emelianenko.
“King Mo vs Fedor needs to take place in the @bellatormma cage. Make it free on @spiketv. Retweet this,” Lawal tweeted. “King Mo vs Fedor…..In the @bellatormma cage….on @spiketv…..in Dallas, TX.”
Rizin partnered with Bellator for their debut event, but it is unknown if there are any guarantees going forward. If Rizin would like to make a splash stateside, it would be in their best interest to stay tight with Bellator given their access to Viacom, the parent company of Spike TV.
Regardless, considering the can Rizin fed Emelianenko in his return fight following a brief three year retirement, which resulted in a quick three minute and two second TKO over Jaideep Singh, it’s highly unlikely Rizin would allow Emelianenko to face anyone he’d likely lose to.
Lawal is perfect through is past seven outings, which have included bouts at heavyweight and light heavyweight. The wrestler finished off four of those victims via some form of knockout.
Despite his recent run of (T)KO finishes, Lawal perhaps gave away his game plan against Emelianenko by requesting the tango in Bellator’s cage as opposed to Rizin’s ring. It’s significantly easier for wrestlers to secure takedowns in a cage because they don’t have to worry about falling through the ropes when they grapple.
Emelianenko retired in June 2012 after putting Pedro Rizzo to sleep in merely 84 seconds. “The Last Emperor” made his claim to fame for his vast accomplishments in PRIDE in the early-mid 2000′s. At one stage during his illustrious career, Emelianenko had rattled off 27 consecutive Ws.
Considering how quickly Emelianenko disposed of the overmatched Singh, it’s tough to tell where the 38-year-old is at this stage in his illustrious career. However, a fight against a white hot Lawal might not be the way to go.