Wednesday, 29 May 2013
Bjorn Rebney talks King Mo's return to Bellator cage
Bellator CEO talks about Muhhamed 'King Mo' Lawal's return to the Bellator cage, after his upset loss at the promotions light heavyweight tournament last season.
speaking to Sherdog
"I think he’ll rebound well. Look, Seth has got a pretty long and storied history of knocking off guys who he wasn’t supposed to knock off in big fights. Mo is a tall order and Mo has been back training since about 24 hours after the spinning back fist loss to Emanuel. I know Mo’s 100-percent focused. I know Mo’s working on every conceivable part of his game. I know he’s just been studying tape like a wild dog and he’s been training like his life depends on it, which it does. This is a huge, important fight for King Mo, and equally it’s a huge, important fight for Seth. … I think Mo is going to be as prepared for this fight as we have ever seen him prepared for any fight in the MMA space. He recognizes the significance. He wasn’t supposed to lose in that tournament, and that spinning back fist from Emanuel and Emanuel’s prep won that fight.”
“If you look at that last tournament, everybody had Mo pegged to fight Babalu in the final. That’s the way the brackets were setup was Mo was going to fight Babalu. Welcome to the world of Mikhail Zayats and Emanuel Newton. Suddenly you had a final between two guys nobody had ever heard of but can fight at a wicked level at 205. So both of these guys have got a huge amount to prove. Both of these guys never anticipated that they were going to get bounced out of that tournament when they did.”