It’s not hard to make the parallels with pro wrestling and Bellator’s 120th main event. Especially when headliners, King Mo Lawal and Rampage Jackson, are currently on TNA’s roster. It’s a shame for Dixie Carter that both men did their best work last night. Mo played the role of the heel; Rampage the hometown fan favorite, and Bjorn Rebney, whether he liked it or not, became Mr. McMahon.
The lead up to what Bellator advertised as “the biggest grudge match in MMA,” had a pro wrestling type feel to it all the way up until Rampage Jackson and King Mo Lawal entered the Bellator cage last night in Mississippi. The closer the fight got, the stranger things got.
“I came out here to beat Rampage and stop all the dick-riding that Bjorn be doing,” Mo told Bellator’s color man Jimmy Smith before the main event.
Although coming into the fight clearly angry with the situation, Mo did not deter from his game plan. He controlled his rage and scored a quick take down. He was able to do more of the same for the duration of the round easily taking it 10-9 on all three judges scorecards.
In the second, Rampage would be able to keep him self up right for most of the round and open up a cut above Mo’s left eye. Both men would do their best to land the finishing blow but they were catching more air than not. A valiant flying knee attempt from Mo late in the round showed how serious he was about taking this grudge match. Unfortunately, even a late takedown wouldn’t be enough for Mo to win the second.
The controversial round was the third. With things even on the scorecards, a worn down King Mo felt he did enough by laying on Rampage after securing his takedowns. Rampage felt he did enough in the striking and damage to Mo’s face department. The judges, and Bjorn Rebney would agree with Rampage.
Rampage would take the fight via unanimous decision (29-28 x 3) and would offer Mo a rematch immediately after the fight. Mo claimed it was because Rampage knew he lost. Rampage claimed it was because he was disappointed that he didn’t knock Mo out.
Ultimately, a Rampage versus King Mo rematch is more likely than not considering that Rampage has no interest in fighting his training partner, Emanuel Newton, for the title. Are you guys already sick of the rivalry between these two? Or should Bellator and Spike take it run with it? Sound off below.