While the MMA world was tuned into Ortiz and Sonnen, Bellator introduced their main event match for Bellator 175
Tonight was quite a night for Bellator. Millions undoubtedly tuned in to see Tito Ortiz blast through Chael Sonnen, and Bellator took the opportunity to announce another big fight. March 31st, Bellator 175 will take place and will feature a rematch between “King” Mo Lawal and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
The two met once before, at Bellator 120 and Jackson won a unanimous decision that many felt could easily have gone the other way. King Mo utilized his wrestling in the fight, taking Jackson down and holding him in place. Quinton would win the standing exchanges, but time and again he found himself on bottom, being held against his will. Quinton took offense tonight to Lawal’s claim that he beat him saying, “How can you say you won when all you did was hump my legs?” The fight, which took place at Light Heavyweight last time, will take place at Heavyweight this time around.
Quinton Jackson (37-11), has always been heavy handed and very popular. He has a perfect persona for the sport. He’s charismatic, outgoing and absolutely hilarious. Jackson has a MMA pedigree as well. He has been a UFC World Champion, knocking out Chuck Liddell in the first round back at UFC 71. Quinton defended the title successfully against Dan Henderson, before losing it to Forrest Griffin.
Mo Lawal (31-7) entered the sport with a history of wrestling, and quickly developed good hands. Mo has two fists and a passport and will fight anyone at anytime. Lawal doesn’t care about weight classes, he doesn’t care about any of those things most fighters concern themselves with. He will jump on a plane, fly anywhere and put on a show. He wrestled at division 2 Central Oklahoma and won a national title in 2002. In 2003 he wrestled at division 1 Oklahoma State where he was All Conference, All-American and finished 3rd Nationally at 197 pounds.
As of right now, this is the only fight that has been announced for this card. No venue has been named either. It’s certainly going to be a fun fight with plenty of talk to lead up to it.