After a controversial decision in their much-hyped first encounter, Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson will meet again at Bellator 175 on March 31st. However, this time these two will compete as heavyweights.
The fight was announced during the main card of #Bellator170.
#Rampage will step back into the cage for the first time since coming away with a split decision against Satoshi Ishii at Bellator 157 last June. He'll enter the fight riding a five fight winning streak that includes his decision victory over #KingMo at Bellator 120 in 2014.
King Mo is 1-2 in his last three fights. A victory against Ishii was sandwiched between losses to Phil Davis and Mirko Cro Cop. The latter being a knockout loss at Rizin in December.
When they first met, it appeared that Lawal utilized his wrestling to keep Jackson grounded for a majority about. The first and third rounds seemed to go King Mo's way while the second belonged to Rampage. However, the judges scored it in favor of the former UFC light heavyweight champion 29-28. And the bad blood that existed between the two doesn't appear to be subsiding anytime soon.
"In my mind I'm 1-0," Lawal said. "So I'm fitting to be 2-0."
King Mo kept it short and sweet during their brief interaction while Jackson was a little more animated.
"What's up with this man thinking he won that fight?" Rampage asked incredulously. "How do you think you won a fight by humping on me? I have a lot of respect for him. Honestly I thought I'd put his ass to sleep. But I learned he'd fight anybody and I've got respect for him. But don't say you beat me. I asked for the rematch because you wasn't sleeping."
It wasn't the most eventful fight the first time around. Perhaps the result will be different in the rematch.