[Published with permission from MMA Junkie.]
If “King Mo” (21-6 MMA, 10-4 BMMA) beats Ryan Bader in the last quarterfinal bout of the Bellator heavyweight grand prix, he’ll book himself a fight with Mitrione (13-5 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) in the semifinals. But even if things don’t go Lawal’s way Saturday at Bellator 199 from SAP Center, he’d gladly welcome a fight with Mitrione regardless.
Because, as he made perfectly clear to MMAjunkie on Thursday, what’s there to be afraid of?
“I’m not afraid of him. What’s there to be afraid of? What’s there to be afraid of? Tell me. He’s a right-handed fighter that fights as a southpaw. So that means he ain’t got shit with his f*cking left hand. He’s got a good, decent inside left leg kick. You know what I’m saying? But everything’s with his f*cking lead hand.
“What’s there to be afraid of? What? What? What’s there to be afraid of?
“He can’t sprawl to save his f*cking life. What’s there to be afraid of?
“He has two rounds in him. What’s there to be afraid of?
“Man, f*ck Matt Mitrione. He can kiss my motherf*cking ass.”
So how did this beef begin? According to Lawal, Mitrione is “just mad about nothing” and “hurt because I told the truth.” What about, you ask? The third round of his lackluster February win over Roy Nelson in the tournament quarterfinals, which some – including Lawal – believed was lopsided enough to be scored 10-8.
That apparently is what incited Mitrione to go off about Lawal, who basically cut a killer promo in response that you can watch in the above.
Sit back, turn up your volume and enjoy.