FiveOuncesOfPain.com is here to give you the exclusive lowdown on the whole ordeal, at least through the eyes of one of the participants, King……. MO!
But first allow us to bring you up to date on the recent happenings between the two charismatic and talented fighters.
A video recently surfaced on FightLaunch.com where Rampage and Mo verbally spar it out for over four minutes in the back of a moving van. On the video it appears the argument is sparked from a previous occurrence where Lawal, being a fighter himself, refused to accept a few adorning Rampage fan’s claims that Quinton was the greatest fighter alive.
It left many of the hardcore fans that viewed the video scratching their heads as to how the whole thing came about. First of all, what was King Mo and Rampage doing in the back of a van together? How did the drama really kick off? And what the hell was Bobby Lashley doing in the background?
Well the answer to two of those questions is simple enough: the trio of fighters were on their way to an autograph signing together as part of the pre-UFC 100 festivities.
To answer the remaining question Five Ounces figured it would be best to have King Mo explain his side of the story in his own words.
Of Course Jackson recently published a blog via FightHype.com where he claimed that Lawal was “all butthurt” because he didn’t recognize him as a mixed martial arts fighter, but as Mo tells it in this exclusive interview with FiveOuncesOfPain.com, the two were far from strangers before that eventful van ride in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“Let me tell you something; He just put up a blog saying that he didn’t know who I was, but let me tell you a little history: I met Rampage in 2001 and he shined me, but I wasn’t anybody at the time, I was just wrestling,” began the former Division I All-American. “I knew who he was because he was a black fighter and there were only two black fighters that were really well known back then, that caught my attention. I met him, he kind of shined me, but whatever.”
According to King Mo, that was the first time the two flamboyant gladiators crossed paths, but it was far from the last.
“Then some time passes and I’m starting to fight, so I met Antonio McKee,” continues Lawal. “Antonio is my boy. So we’re at the show with Jeremiah Metcalf vs. Andre Galvao in California (JG and TKT Promotions – Fighting 4 Kidz, August 30, 2008), and Antonio said, “C’mon, let me introduce you to Rampage”. So I meet Rampage and he’s cool, he’s talking to me. All of a sudden the cameras come up and he gets up in my face. He got up in my face like he was trying to punk me, but I stood my ground.
“So then, months later, I’m in Ohio when he’s fighting Keith Jardine and I meet him again! But he acts like doesn’t know me. He comes up to me and he’s like, “Hey whats up man, I’m Rampage”, and I’m like, “Whats up man, I’m Mo”. He’s acting like he doesn’t know me, so I’m like whatever, you know, I don’t care.
“Then after that he comes down to Oklahoma to check out some fights that I was down to see because I went to high school and college in Oklahoma. We had a mutual friend at the time and he told me Rampage was going to be down there so I called my homeboy up and told him that Rampage was coming down, and to make sure he was taken care of. I told him if he needed money or anything, for him just to holler at me. They needed money so I gave them some money to get him some bottles and a limo, but he didn’t know. He came up to me later that night talking to me like, “Hey Mo, are you from Oklahoma?”. I was like ‘Nah, I just went to school out here’, but I didn’t tell him that everything was on me. He was being disrespectful, kicking people out of VIP that he had no business kicking out and this and that.
“The next time I saw him was a few months later in Vegas for the Rashad Evans vs. Lyoto Machida fight. We were hanging out, clowning and joking, it was a whole different level. He starts asking girls which of us looks better and they’re all picking me. Which is cool, it’s whatever. He tried to clown me and I clowned him back, and then we leave.”
And that brings us back to the previously discussed already famous video of the two, which has already drawn over 100,000 views on YouTube.com.
“So the next time I see him was this last UFC 100,” explains Mo. “He walks in and he starts asking people, “Who’s the baddest? Who’s tougher? Who’s better y’all, me or Mo?”. Everyone’s like, “You are Rampage”. “Who’s the greatest”, he asked everyone. Of course they were all like, “You are Rampage”. I was like, “Hold up, you’re not the greatest until you beat me”. I’m not just going to sit there and be disrespected like I’m just some bitch. Like I’m going to co-sign with the rest of the crowd and be like, “Oh yeah Rampage, you can beat me”.
“So I came back the next day and I’m calling him “Bum-page”, you know, just clowning him, and he sees it. So I’m up in my room later and I get a call that there’s an autograph signing and Rampage and everyone is down there waiting for me. I go down there to the van and sit down, and Rampage is trying to clown me by saying some of the corniest ass shit like, “Black on black crime”, and, “You’re so dark that Jesus fucked up”, and this and that. I’m like alright, whatever, “You can’t beat me though, dog”. I told him that straight up. The shitty thing is that I didn’t know it was being recorded. I had no idea, my back was turned. Afterwords he was all like, “Oh, my bad man. I didn’t know it was like that”, and he was trying to give me his number.”
Already falling under a fractional amount of criticism for his use of the “N” word during his spirited debate with the former UFC champion, Mo will be the first to tell you not to judge him until you’ve had a chance to walk a mile in his shoes.
“People are saying that I’m playing myself because I said the “N” word,” said the 28 year old native to Murfreesboro, Tennessee in reaction from some of the recent criticism he has received from a small minority fans. “Well you now what, I can say the “N” word. I talk professional around the right people, but when I’m around my people I’m going to talk how I feel like talking. Because I could talk slang like I do with my friends in the South and ordinary people would not understand me. Rampage doesn’t see it but he’s playing himself, and his race. He was talking about “black on black crime”, “Oh, you dark, you ugly”. That’s something a white supremacist would say. He’s playing himself and the whole race. He’s saying stuff that black people say amongst each other but he’s saying that shit all in the open, and the average UFC fan might think that’s something that’s cool to say. Like that black on black crime shit isn’t funny. He never clowned Dan Henderson like that, and he never clowned Wanderlei Silva like that, but when it comes to me and Rashad he wants to try to crack racial jokes. That shit isn’t funny.”
But what about the fact that Rampage went out of his way to state in his recent blog that Mo would be “half cool if he didn’t have those gay ass nipple rings & didn’t talk so much”?
Lawal would rather not address Jackson’s comments on his nipples or the rings pierced through them, but he will say this much, he’s far from the braggadocios type he’s currently being painted as.
“First of all, I really don’t talk that much around people that I really don’t know, unless someone approached me or something like that,” explains Mo. “I’m not that open to people. I’m not the type of person to be like, “Hey, I’m King Mo”, you know what I’m saying. You think I care if people know who I am? I don’t care. I care about getting paid. I’d rather be rich and unknown, then popular and broke.”