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http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1535530-king-mo-lawal-bellator-is-a-true-sport-ufc-is-more-about-spectacle?search_query=king mo

King Mo Lawal: Bellator Is a True Sport, UFC Is More About Spectacle

By Damon Martin(Featured Columnist) on February 19, 2013

When former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator Fighting Championships, many wondered if he would be willing to go through one of the company's tournaments to earn a shot at the title or if he would be handed the fight on day one.

See, Lawal is one of the biggest free agent signings Bellator has made, so with his star power and charisma it would be easy to put him in against the champion or make him a part of super fights as soon as he joined the company.

The danger of the Bellator tournament is that a fighter truly has to earn their way to a title shot, and as shown in evidence in the past with another high profile free agent signing, just because someone has a bigger name doesn't mean they will win.

Former UFC fighter and Sports Illustrated poster boy Roger Huerta signed with Bellator a few years back and was immediately seen as a big land for the fledgling MMA promotion. Huerta didn't get any gifted fights however, entered the tournament and lost in the 2nd round to Pat Curran in a closely contested lightweight contest.

Like Huerta, Lawal wanted no special treatment just because his name was more recognizable than an opponent's might be. The former college wrestler knows what it means to earn it, and that's exactly what he plans to do as he enters his second round matchup against Emanuel Newton.

"I had no problem with that. Just because I'm known more than the other fighters doesn't mean I deserve an immediate title shot right away," Lawal told Bleacher Report in an exclusive interview. "It's not easy. A lot of people can't do that."

Since he started fighting MMA, Lawal has seen the politics of fighting first hand and how sometimes it's more about selling a fight than actually deserving it.

He says that's the cardinal difference between what Bellator is doing with their tournament format than say the UFC where there is no prime directive in how title matches are put together.

"It makes it a true sport. I think the difference between Bellator and the UFC is that the UFC's more about the spectacle and more about flare. Where as Bellator it really is a true sport. Every true sport has a title format. The Olympics have a title format. The NBA playoffs, the NFL playoffs, hockey, baseball, all that," Lawal stated.

"They all have a tournament format of some sort. I think that's better cause when you win you know where you're going."

As MMA strives to be put in the same sentence as other major sports like football and basketball, Lawal believes it really has to come down to the two best fighters that earned their opportunities.

In a perfect world, Major League Baseball would put the New York Yankees, the largest draw in the sport, in the World Series every year, but it doesn't always work that way. Sometimes they get beat and another team earns their shot and yes, ratings on television may fluctuate, but it's only about putting the best two teams head-to-head for the championship.

Lawal believes it should be no different in MMA.

"The thing is the UFC is doing it that way, Bellator's going to do it the other way. I think when you win the belt, you win the tournament, you win the championship in Bellator, you know you're the best. You know you won the tournament, you won the field that you're in and you beat the champ or defended the belt. You're the best," said Lawal. "That's one thing that I respect, I enjoy that."

Lawal will look to move to 2-0 in Bellator on Thursday night as part of the Bellator 90 card that airs on Spike TV Thursday night at 10pm ET from the Maverick Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. With a win, Lawal would move into the finals of the light heavyweight tournament and take one more step towards his ultimate goal of becoming Bellator champion.

Damon Martin is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report and all quotes were obtained first hand unless otherwise noted.
2/21/13 2:22 PM
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2/21/13 2:23 PM
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BELLATOR is nonsense.

when is WSOF back?
2/21/13 2:24 PM
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He wasn't complaining when he was in strikeforce getting title fights. Phone Post
2/21/13 2:28 PM
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big_roy_fan - hey liquidrob how much does bellator pay you?

A dime a post, its what Zuffa offered me but Bellator matched so I had to take it, I also get a penny a ppv when they have one eventually
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Cant blame Mo, he has to say something to get fans attention, fighting Prize Slaw Marsala, Newton and M Pumbu aint gonna get him much attention in the mma world.

2/21/13 2:29 PM
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big_roy_fan - hey liquidrob how much does bellator pay you?

A dime a post, its what Zuffa offered me but Bellator matched so I had to take it, I also get a penny a ppv when they have one eventually

Cheap fuckers, they could atleast pay you 20 cents a post.

Looks like Viacom money aint all its cracked up to be.
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big_roy_fan - hey liquidrob how much does bellator pay you?

A dime a post, its what Zuffa offered me but Bellator matched so I had to take it, I also get a penny a ppv when they have one eventually

Cheap fuckers, they could atleast pay you 20 cents a post.

Looks like Viacom money aint all its cracked up to be.

Its on an escalating scale, I could hit 20 cents if I can get them over 1 million viewers for 3 weeks straight, cross yur fingers!
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big_roy_fan - hey liquidrob how much does bellator pay you?

A dime a post, its what Zuffa offered me but Bellator matched so I had to take it, I also get a penny a ppv when they have one eventually

Cheap fuckers, they could atleast pay you 20 cents a post.

Looks like Viacom money aint all its cracked up to be.

Its on an escalating scale, I could hit 20 cents if I can get them over 1 million viewers for 3 weeks straight, cross yur fingers!

No signing bonus?
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big_roy_fan - hey liquidrob how much does bellator pay you?

A dime a post, its what Zuffa offered me but Bellator matched so I had to take it, I also get a penny a ppv when they have one eventually

Cheap fuckers, they could atleast pay you 20 cents a post.

Looks like Viacom money aint all its cracked up to be.

Its on an escalating scale, I could hit 20 cents if I can get them over 1 million viewers for 3 weeks straight, cross yur fingers!

No signing bonus?

I got a Bellator embroidered Snuggie
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big_roy_fan - hey liquidrob how much does bellator pay you?

A dime a post, its what Zuffa offered me but Bellator matched so I had to take it, I also get a penny a ppv when they have one eventually

Cheap fuckers, they could atleast pay you 20 cents a post.

Looks like Viacom money aint all its cracked up to be.

Its on an escalating scale, I could hit 20 cents if I can get them over 1 million viewers for 3 weeks straight, cross yur fingers!

No signing bonus?

I got a Bellator embroidered Snuggie

So they bought a snuggie off the HSN and taped a bellator logo on it? Or did Bjorn just write Bellator with a magic marker?

FUcking Viacom man.
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I like having the fighters fight more often.

Do fighters really need 4 months to prepare for a fight?

"I'm gonna kick your ass so bad bro...., just let me train for four months."

Yeah. Bellator tournament winners fight (and win) 3 fights in 3 months. Not many guys in the UFC can say theyve done that. Phone Post
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UFC runs like the BCS
2/21/13 3:15 PM
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Bellator is still the minor leagues. Not sure how you can compare it to the UFC. Do baseball fans say the minor leagues are better than the MLB?
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He's right but I'd still rather watch UFC.
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big_roy_fan - king mo is just glad cause bellator doesn't give him competitive fights
You are a sour little hater. What is it about Bellator and Mo that has you so upset? They have put on super exciting fights every week on Spike and King Mo is a Top 5 LHW.

You don't like watching awesome fighters? You don't like exciting weekly fights on free cable?

Go take your middle school fanboy hate elsewhere. Phone Post
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It is more like a sport.. a Junior Varsity sport.
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big ups king mo!
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And this is why King Mo will never fight in the UFC. He can't keep his mouth shut.
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big_roy_fan - king mo is just glad cause bellator doesn't give him competitive fights
You are a sour little hater. What is it about Bellator and Mo that has you so upset? They have put on super exciting fights every week on Spike and King Mo is a Top 5 LHW.

You don't like watching awesome fighters? You don't like exciting weekly fights on free cable?

Go take your middle school fanboy hate elsewhere. Phone Post

Well he's not wrong. King Mo could probably be become a top 10 LHW if he was fighting in UFC (come on now, top 5 is retarded), but instead he's fighting guys barely in the top 30 if that.

But yah can't blame him because he gets the easiest fights and makes just as much money so why risk it.
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King Mo Lawal: Bellator Is a True Sport, UFC Is More About Spectacle

I love the UFC but I have to agree..

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