Bobby Lashley, King Mo Confirmed For Bellator 123 On 9/5

TNA Impact Wrestling Champion Bobby Lashley will be making his Bellator MMA debut on September 5th at Bellator 123, which airs live on Spike TV. King Mo will also be competing. Here’s the official announcement from Bellator:

Curran vs. Pitbull Headline September 5th Kickoff From Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun Arena Live On Spike

Kongo Back In Action, King Mo Returns & Lashley Debuts

Newport Beach, Calif. (July 16, 2014) – Bellator delivers a night of must-see fights for MMA fans featuring some of the most exciting fighters in the sport as Pat Curran, Patricio Pitbull, King Mo, Cheick Kongo & Bobby Lashley return to action on Friday, September 5 from the Mohegan Sun Arena live on Spike TV.

Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be purchased on, or by visiting the Mohegan Sun Box Office.

The night will be headlined by a Featherweight Title fight between two of the very best in the sport as reigning Bellator Champion Pat Curran defends his belt against Brazilian striker Patricio Pitbull. The fight has been nearly two years in the making after Curran successfully defeated Pitbull in 2013 with a narrow split decision victory. After Pitbull stormed through the Season 9 Featherweight Tournament, both Pitbull and Curran have engaged in verbal sparring matches via social media that has resulted in one of the most anticipated fights of 2014.

“I’ve been wanting this rematch with Curran for a long time, and it’s finally here,” Pitbull said. “I won that first fight, and I should be Bellator Featherweight Champion right now. This time, I’m not going to let it go to the judges. Curran has started to get cocky and he’s disrespecting me. He has no idea what I’ve been through to get to the title.”

“Pitbull has been running his mouth a lot lately and everyone is sick of hearing it,” Curran said. “I’m ready to shut him up for good. I’m an even better fighter now than I was the first time we fought and I’ll show you him how a true champion fights on September 5th.”

King Mo returns to the cage after his controversial loss to Rampage Jackson at Bellator 120, as the American Top Team product will square off against New Jersey native Tom DeBlass. DeBlass enters the fight 2-0 in Bellator and is looking for the biggest win of his career against King Mo on September 5th.

“Listen, I respect Mo and I think he’s a world class athlete,” DeBlass said. “That being said, I know what I’m capable of, and I not only believe that I will win the fight, but I’m going to finish him. Bellator has treated me incredible, and I’ve been asking for big fights. Mo is the next step to get to my ultimate goal, and I’m not taking it lightly. I’m fighting in a huge fight back on the East Coast for a promotion I love. It doesn’t get much better than this.”

The main card will be rounded out by the Bellator debut of fan favorite Bobby Lashley, who brings a 10-2 record into the cage while also currently holding the TNA Wrestling World Heavyweight Championship. Lashley will square off against Bellator veteran Josh Burns in a heavyweight clash to open the September 5th show live on Spike TV.

The night will also feature a clash of heavyweights as Cheick Kongo returns to the Bellator cage to face the heavy handed Lavar Johnson. Both veterans of the sport, the two giants will engage in a slugfest that should produce fireworks live on Spike TV.

More announcements on the September 5th fight card from Mohegan Sun Arena will be made in the coming weeks.


Bellator Featherweight Title Fight: Pat Curran (20-5) vs. Patricio Pitbull (21-2)

Bellator Heavyweight Feature Fight: Cheick Kongo (21-9) vs. Lavar Johnson (18-9)

Bellator Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: King Mo (12-4) vs. Tom DeBlass (9-2)

Bellator Heavyweight Feature Fight: Bobby Lashley (10-2) vs. Josh Burns (8-7)

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  1. raven

    July 16, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    what happens when your TNA champ gets ktfo?

    • MattBooneEWN

      July 16, 2014 at 5:22 pm

      He runs back to fake wrestling, never to be seen in legitimate sport again! …is that the right answer? :)

      • brad

        July 16, 2014 at 6:07 pm

        That would be the logical answer as Lesnar has done it but I really don’t see this guy giving Lashley much of a challenge.

      • I've Lost My Smile

        July 16, 2014 at 11:57 pm

        So he pulls a Lesnar?

        • raven

          July 17, 2014 at 11:02 am

          No, Lesnar was great, won the biggest title in mma, and forever changed what a heavyweight fighter is.
          I don’t think Lashly has life threatening, intestine removing, illness either..

      • hhh

        July 20, 2014 at 7:21 pm

        Matt your a dam Jakass Lashley will wip any one of these fake ufs guys asses

    • Mr 561

      July 17, 2014 at 9:58 am

      This is a very risky move by TNA, but will also be great exposure if Lashley has a strong performance and doesn’t get winded in the first 20 seconds

      • raven

        July 17, 2014 at 11:01 am

        normally the wrestler beats the striker but I can see Lashly trying to stand with him and that big ol’ head makes a big target. With his could he not get winded in 20 seconds?

        • ForrTuZero

          July 18, 2014 at 4:56 am

          Umm, King Mo isn’t a striker…

          • raven

            July 18, 2014 at 10:45 am

            9 of 12 wins are KO’s.
            He trains at American Kickboxing and Mayweather Boxing Gym…


    July 16, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    breaking news the rooster is back

    • MattBooneEWN

      July 16, 2014 at 5:21 pm

      Welcome back, Terry! lol

  3. Herald

    July 16, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    just imagine if Brock Lesnar actually climbed up the MMA ladder like Bobby Lashley did, can you imagine just how successful he would of been

    • RODNEY P

      July 21, 2014 at 2:13 pm

      I agree. I wish Brock Lesnar would not have rushed back to fight after undergoing surgery. It would have been nice to see him in MMA a whole lot longer.

  4. Rob Lucci

    July 17, 2014 at 1:45 am

    Lashley looks like milk duds that would sometime come stuck together in the box.


    July 21, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Glad to see that Bobby Lashley is going to get back into the MMA cage. He is 10-2 and he and Thompson had a very entertaining fight that I am sure would be entertaining in the Bellator cage if they ever meet. And I always love to see Cheick Kongo fight

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