Susan Cingari: Looking back what would you have done differently, if anything at all?
King Mo: I would do a lot differently. Well, the whole game plan changed when I could not get my footing, I was slipping all over the mat, over the canvas and I tried to stick with wrestling. I wanted to stand more and punch more but I was slipping and falling and sliding and I just couldn’t get my footing on the mat. The game plan was to definitely to take him down. Mix it up and keep him guessing, but I just kept on wrestling because the canvas was so slippery, I couldn’t stick to my game plan.
SC: Now, I’ve heard your manager talk about this and you have been vocal about this in the past For people who are new to MMA or for people who just need a refresher course can you explain what you meant by that and why it is such an important issue?
KM: Well yes. I’m a wrestler, I’m a puncher and I use my footwork. And as for the mats been slippery I couldn’t be effective with my wresting take downs because I would slip and I couldn’t be effective with my movement or motion or my power punches because the mats were so slippery. To throw true power punches your feet need to be set.
With me, I’m a mover but at the same time I can plant my feet on a dime and throw those power punches. Well if you’ve got a slippery mat and you try to plant your feet to do something you’ll slide, and that is what I was facing the whole time. I would move to throw punches and I would slide.
The canvas was so slippery, I know guys that have complained about it. My friend Ron Keslar who fights for Bellator: he won’t throw kicks anymore because the canvas is so slippery he’s afraid he will slip and fall. There are a bunch of people that have complained about the canvas. I wear a size 14 shoe, I have flat feet and that’s a disaster with a slippery canvas.
SC: You got pretty emotional after the fight calling Bjorn “a dick riding ass”. Do you regret what you said?
King Mo: No, because it’s true. When they announced the decision, you know he knows Quinton lost that fight. We had a brief talk, like two men talk. Then at the press conference they asked him “do you agree with the decision?” And he said yes. Well now, if he knows MMA and he is a promoter, he should know MMA. He has seen over 200 fights and he knows it’s a bad decision. Obviously he wanted Quinton to win but he didn’t, I beat him and the decision that was made was not a good one. Everyone knows I won that fight.
SC: How is your relationship with Bjorn now? I read you and he had a heart-to-heart after the fight and things are okay then?
KM: There was no heart-to-heart. He just told me. “I heard you say some stuff alright”, and I was like “no I didn’t and it’s cool, we’ll squash that”. There was no heart-to-heart: you only have a heart-to-heart with your family and close friends.
Bjorn is my boss and I’m cool with him, I guess. I have a working relationship with the man. I don’t know the man. I know he is Bjorn Rebney, he has kids, he lives in California, he works with Bellator and he was a promoter in the past. I know nothing else about him, know nothing else. Think about it.