Although “King Mo” Lawal was forced to drop out of Bellator’s light-heavyweight tourney on Saturday, the fighter says he’s down to fight Fedor Emelianenko on NYE.
Lawal worked his way to a decision win over Linton Vassell at “Dynamite”, but due to a rib and cartilage injury he incurred, the noted wrestler was unable to fight in the finals. Francis Carmont was tapped to face Phil Davis as a result, and the latter took him out in the opening round.
During the event it was also announced that Fedor will fight at former PRIDE promoter Nobuyuki Sakakibara’s NYE show, which is why Lawal recently told MMA Junkie.com this:
“I’d fight Fedor if they let me,” Lawal said. “I’m not in the game of waiting. I waited for the UFC because I could have went there; they told me to wait. The thing is with me, I’m in the game of getting paid. So as soon as I’m healthy, I’m going to fight. If you keep on winning, you’ll get what you need to get.”
Lawal has fought at heavyweight on a couple of occasions, and in February, he scored a split decision win over Cheick Kongo. There’s no doubt that Fedor-Lawal would make for a very interesting fight, but it remains to be seen what direction the new Japanese organization goes with.
The former Strikeforce champ also said that he’d “love” to fight Davis. Following Saturday’s event, Bellator President Scott Coker said he’s interested in making that bout, so don’t be surprised if it happens sometime in early 2016.