King Mo: Hands low not reason for KO

Monday, February 25, 2013

At last Thursday’s Bellator event, Muhammed Lawal, or ‘King Mo’ was knocked unconscious by Emmanuel Newton, a heavy under dog in the lightweight bout. The knockout was suprising as Lawal seemed to be winning the fight and in a moment of showboating, kept his hands law and was caught off guard by a spinning-back fist. At least that’s what it seemed like, although Lawal offered a different explanation:

“I have been here before and I bounced back from it, and I will do the same this time. I am going to work more on my defense with Jeff Mayweather and I’m going to go back to my roots and work with Kevin Jackson, and I think I will be just fine. Emanuel did what he had to do and he caught me,” Lawal commented.

As far as the spinning backfist that put him out, Lawal said it was a shot he never even saw. “I didn’t even see the shot. A lot of people saying that I was fighting cocky and with my hands down, but if you watch it, when he missed with his right hand, I threw a right hand and then he came with the spinning backfist,” he explained. “So he kind of caught me in the act of punching, but no excuses, I’m good, and I will be back and hopefully I get to fight him again in the future. It was the first time I had been knocked out, and the good thing is I came to pretty quick. When I saw the ref standing over me, I just said, ‘Damn!'”

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If you want to decide for yourself, watch this GIF of the knockout: