Three rounds, 15 minutes and three judges didn’t solve anything for Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal Saturday night at Bellator 120.
While Lawal felt he was the winner, it was Jackson who got his hand raised, as all three judges scored it for him.
An irate Lawal could be heard shouting and screaming obscenities at Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney from inside the cage while post-fight interviews were being conducted. Earlier in the night, he accused Rebney of being a supporter of Jackson’s.
Billed as the biggest grudge match in MMA, the two fighters went back-and-forth, with Lawal seemingly winning the first round and Jackson the second. The third was up in the air.
“He did better than I thought he would,” said Jackson, who congratulated Lawal after the fight. “He is a worthy warrior.”
Jackson continued, saying that he “wasn’t happy with my victory. I wanted to knock ‘King Mo’ out” before asking the pro-Rampage crowd, “Who wants to see King Mo knocked out?”
Lawal simply said that “you know I won that fight. I beat you. I won that fight. You know I won that fight Bjorn.”
Jackson again asked the crowd if they wanted to see a rematch, likely fueling Lawal’s fire by saying that he was “boys” with Rebney and he would set the rematch up.
“Let’s do the rematch at the FedEx Forum,” Jackson said. “Me and Bjorn are cool. He is the coolest guy in MMA.”
The win set Jackson up for a shot at light heavyweight champion Emanuel Newton, who twice defeated Lawal in the Bellator cage.