Although “Rampage” Jackson could be headed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, it hasn’t stopped Bellator’s “King Mo” Lawal from taking aim at his light-heavyweight rival once again.
The UFC announced this past weekend that it has signed Jackson to a new deal, and not surprisingly, Lawal is fielding questions about his possible departure.
Lawal competed at “Grapple at the Garden” this past weekend, and after defeating Rolles Gracie, here’s what he had to say about Jackson’s pending, UFC return (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“It’s not going to happen,” Lawal said. “[Jackson]’s under contract. If he does end up fighting in the UFC, good luck, but he won’t fight for a year because he’ll be in court. He’s a joke.”
According to Jackson and his camp, they “terminated” the fighter’s contract with Bellator, but apparently the promotion and their legal team disagree.
All the Jackson-UFC drama aside, Lawal has yet to be booked for his next bout, and by all indications, it won’t be with “Rampage.” Recently the decorated wrestler’s been taking aim at Tito Ortiz, and while discussing the latter, Lawal relayed:
“He’s a bitch, too,” Lawal said. “It won’t happen. He don’t want to fight me. He would fightStephan Bonnar, but he wouldn’t fight me. He would fight Alexander Shlemenko, who’s really a smaller 185er, but he won’t fight me. I’m hood and ghetto — I’m from the South, so I speak the way I speak. I’m not going to hit no switch and be like, ‘oh, hello there.’ I’m keeping it real. He’s a fake-ass dude. All he has to do is admit that he doesn’t want to fight me. If he does that, I’ll leave his ass alone. Keep it real. Tito Ortiz in his prime would never had beaten me ever.”
Ortiz had said recently that he’d rather fight a big name like Jackson, instead of Lawal. Considering everything that’s happened, however, perhaps that will change.
Lawal is coming off a third round, stoppage win over Joe Vedepo in November. Lawal and Jackson fought this past May, and the latter earned a controversial, unanimous decision win.