If you missed it, since Saturday featured UFC 180 (and yes, WSOF 15), Lawal took out Joe Vepedo in the third round, while Ortiz scored a split decision win over Stephan Bonnar. Speaking at the post-fight presser, here is how Mr. Lawal went about calling out the former UFC champ (quotes via MMA Fighting.com):
“Now if you want some, you get some,” Lawal said. “I’m just saying. You fought Bonnar and Bonnar has been gone for two years. That’s fine. I’ll Django your ass. Straight up, Django. I will bust your ass, straight up. I’m serious.”
Now that, ladies and gentleman, is how you do a call out and make headlines at the same time…and if you’re surprised to hear Lawal make comments like this, well, you haven’t been watching enough Bellator. The decorated wrestler is not only one of the promotion’s top 205’ers, he’s one of its best fighters when it comes to talking on the mic.
After Ortiz reportedly responded by saying “get in line”, Lawal stated:
“You ain’t going to fight me, I know that,” Lawal said. “You’re going to be, ‘my neck, my back, my knee.'”
Wow. How about that? So could this happen? Maybe, but likely not next. Since Ortiz was scheduled to fight “Rampage” Jackson last year, before he injured his neck, Bellator could look to rebook that fight. Ortiz also relayed that he wants that match-up as well.
Lawal was coming off a stoppage win over Dustin Jacoby heading into Bellator 131, after he dropped a controversial, decision loss to Jackson in May.
Bellator 131 was hosted by San Diego’s Valley View Casino Center.