Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal didn’t let a 40-plus pound weight disadvantage keep him from going on the offensive Friday night, as the former Strikeforce champion defeated Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in the main event of Bellator 175.
Lawal was able to get revenge on Jackson and position himself to welcome Ryan Bader to Bellator with the decision win. Jackson, a former UFC champion, won the first encounter between the to fighters.
Marcos Galvao’s struggles continued, as the former Bellator champion lost in the co-main event to Emmanuel Sanchez. Galvao moved up to 145 pounds, but the bout was contested at a catchweight after Sanchez missed at weigh-ins.
Sergei Kharitonov knocked out Chase Gormley inside of four minutes, Noad Lahat submitted Lloyd Carter and Steve Kozola floored Jake Roberts in 28 seconds of the first round.
Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal def. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Emmanuel Sanchez def. Marcos Galvao via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Sergei Kharitonov def. Chase Gormley via KO (strike) at 3:55 of Round 1
Noad Lahat def. Lloyd Carter via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:50 of Round 2
Steve Kozola def. Jake Roberts via TKO (strikes) at :28 of Round 1
Joaquin Buckley def. Justin Patterson via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Tim Cho def. Joshua Hardwick via TKO (strikes) at 2:43 of Round 2
Manny Vasquez def. Nate Williams via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-27, 29-28)
James Bochnovic def. Matt Paul via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:30 of Round 1
Damian Norris def. Tom Shoaff via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Mike DeLaVega def. Brian Akins via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)