ďI didnít take nothing from it, man,Ē Lawal said, ďworse shit happens. Itís not like the dude thought, ĎAlright, Iím going to throw a one-two-three- spinning back fist.í The mother****** had his back turned and was scared, so he threw that spinning back fist because he didnít know where the f*** I was at, and it landed. You know what Iím saying, camp went good, trained hard for him, itís not like he was setting that thing up the whole time, he just threw that s*** out the blue. S*** lands sometimes, you know what Iím saying? If itís a rematch, 99% of the time, Iím going to win that fight. The dude knew it, he knew it, thatís why he was so shocked when it landed. It is what it is, you know what Iím saying, I ainít take nothing from it. Iím not going to change shit that I do. S*** happens, know what Iím saying, so Iím just going to be more aware of spinning s*** that I donít see, make sure I see it.Ē
Only the second loss of King Moís MMA career, the light heavyweight fighter remains confident in his skills. He trains with top level mma fighters and boxers, but he insists that his training had nothing to do with the loss. The punch was, to put it bluntly, lucky.
ďStriking is striking, training is training,Ē he said in response to questions about his preparation. ďNot many people throw spinning back fists in training because people get hurt from it. You donít see spinning back fistsÖ in Showtime because people get hurt from it, you donít throw it. In K-1, how many times do you see it? How many spinning back fists have you ever seen? How many people throw spinning back fists? Cung Le is one, Shonie Carter, and thatís about itÖ. [Emanuel Newton] wasnít outlanding me, I was outlanding him. He didnít test me with nothing really, I was testing him. He was switching and going backwards, we threw a combo, an exchange; he had his back turned to me, I thought he was running away, and he threw a spinning back fist. People want to make a bigger deal about it, thatís the way it is, you know what Iím saying? People win, people lose. In a rematch, that s*** wouldnít happen. If you watch the fight, the dude was like, Ďwell, I looked over my shoulder.í Mother****** you didnít look over your damn shoulder, you threw that s*** out of fear. Because when you throw a spinning back fist, and you know youíre going to throw it, youíre going to throw like Shonie Carter did. Youíre going to throw it like Cung Le throws it. They set that s*** up, they throw it, boom boom boom, they set it up. He just threw that s*** because he was scared and he had his back turned. It is what it is, you know what, good for him it landed. It landed, good for him. But thatís a one-time thing. Itís not going to land on nobody else.Ē
When asked about a rematch with Newton, King Mo was more interested in winning the Bellator championship than any fight with a particular opponent. He said, ďRematch is cool, but I was like, win the tournament. If he wins or loses, donít matter because I know Iím going to see him eventually. The wrong will be righted, and then thatís itÖ Iím still whooping his ass next time I see him in the cage, or I can just win the tournament, get the belt, then he has to work his way to me. Makes no difference to me.Ē
For the time being, Lawal is busy training and waiting to hear what is next for his career in Bellator. ďI donít know,Ē he said, ďright now Iím just doing some pro wrestling training in the gym. Iím waiting to hear back. Iím training, Iím back at the gym. Iím training my boy, Roy Nelson, Roy Nelsonís going to knock out Cheick Kongo. Training Ryan Martinez. Iím at the Mayweather gym, like I always am every day. Strength training, Iím doing everything man, Iím training for the next tournament. When thatís going to be, Iím not sure yet. But when it happens, Iíll be ready.Ē
Such a high-caliber training camp comes with his move to Las Vegas, NV. This move meant a departure from American Kickboxing Academy. For Lawal, however, the move made sense on more than one level. ďI like working with Jeff Mayweather,Ē he explained. I work with Dewey Cooper as well. My two coaches, my boys. And ĎMasterí Roy Nelson, I work with him. You know, AKA was good, but you know man, living out there was way to expensive for me, you know what Iím sayingÖ itís expensive man. AKAís a great team too. Vegas was good, I just thought Iíll go to Vegas for a little bit. My family was happy with the move, and I feel like it was the right move for me. So we switched some gears a little bit.Ē
Focusing on his training and helping his teammates, the furthest thing from King Moís mind is what his detractors think of his last fight. To him, ďitís like this: my biggest loss is better than their biggest win. Dog, itís sports! You know, I train hard, I lose, I train harder, I train smarter to come back and win. Iím not worried what people think, because those guys that are talking about me probably ainít done s*** in their life; and if you were to look at them, at who they were, theyíd be losers. Iím not worried about people like that.Ē