Report: Bjorn Rebney Weighs in on “King Mo” Lawal’s Controversial Comments, Denies Favouring “Rampage” Jackson
By FCF Staff
Although Bellator 120 featured several memorable fights, much of the post-fight buzz is tied to “King Mo” Lawal’s angry accusation that the promotion’s Bjorn Rebney was favouring “Rampage” Jackson.
After the bout, which saw Jackson emerge with a controversial decision win, Lawal made several disparaging remarks about Rebney and told the Bellator CEO to “cut” him if he doesn’t like him. Lawal also made similar comments prior to the pay-per-view headliner on the SPIKE prelim broadcast.
When asked about his accusation in the post fight presser, Lawal said he didn’t want to talk about it, and that he had “squashed” the issue with Rebney. In a follow up interview with MMA Fighting.com, here is some of what Rebney had to say about Lawal’s accusation:
“I think some people got in Mo’s head, and got Mo very amped up in a very emotional setting, where he lost the fight, and it got him to say things he didn’t mean,” said Rebney, “I had an opportunity to go down and talk to him, and I had a heart-to-heart with him…I said look, you and I have worked through a lot of stuff, you’ve had some devastating losses here, you’ve had some great wins here, we set this thing up, and I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
According to Rebney, Lawal was upset about some comments that the Bellator exec had allegedly directed at him. Rebney says he denied making the statements, and that Lawal in turn, believed him. Rebney also noted that he’s had a close relationship with the former Strikeforce champ for sometime.
Since arriving in Bellator, Lawal has gone 4-3, with his other two losses coming versus light-heavyweight champ Emanuel Newton. The 33 year-old advanced to the tourney final versus Jackson by scoring a UD victory over Mikhail Zayats.