No Holds Barred: King Mo on Dec. 29 Rizin Fight with Cro Cop, Bellator Fight with Ishii, and Bernard Hopkins

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No Holds Barred: King Mo on Dec. 29 Rizin Fight with Cro Cop, Bellator Fight with Ishii, and Bernard Hopkins

Post by nhbnews on Fri Dec 23, 2016 3:08 am





On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again spoke with Bellator MMA fighter King Mo Lawal.

After winning a unanimous decision on December 16 at Bellator 169 in Dublin, Ireland, against Olympic gold medalist judoka Satoshi Ishii, King Mo will be making a quick return to action, also on the road.

Last year he won the Rizin Heavyweight Grand Prix tournament at Rizin's two-day end of the year show in Japan, and this year he returns in the second round of the Rizin Fighting World Grand Prix 2016 open weight tournament.

His opponent in this round will be MMA veteran Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic. This fight will take place Thursday, December 29, at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The finals will take place Saturday, December 31.

We spoke with King Mo by phone Thursday.

Despite the quick turnaround for this fight, he is confident that he will defeat Cro Cop and advance in this tournament.

"I'm just going to go out there and handle business," he said. "I got a game plan we're working on right now, implement it, and get that 'W'.

"If I can stop him, I'm going to stop him. If I have to grind him out for a few rounds, I'll grind him out."

As for his fight with Ishii, he said Ishii is basically a martial artist, and, "He's not a fighter. He's an athlete that fights."

We discussed the logistics of how it was decided after the Ishii fight on such short notice that he will be fighting in this Rizin tournament in Japan, how he is prepared to fight three times in two days if he goes to the finals again, what was billed as the final fight for Bernard Hopkins, and much more.

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Re: No Holds Barred: King Mo on Dec. 29 Rizin Fight with Cro Cop, Bellator Fight with Ishii, and Bernard Hopkins

Post by Kinosis on Fri Dec 23, 2016 10:55 am

Nice interview! Thanks for posting! I'm excited about the Cro Cop/King Mo fight. It's not a fight I had even considered before and I like it more than Cro Cop/Wand III since they had already fought twice and Wand would have been really rusty and didn't have much time to train. Cro Cop and Wand can fight again, but after Wand has had some warm up fights.

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Post by InfinityLens on Sun Jan 01, 2017 9:50 am

Bump.

Just saw the fight, thoughts?
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Post by CDF47 on Sun Jan 01, 2017 10:00 am

InfinityLens wrote:Bump.

Just saw the fight, thoughts?

The events were great, from presentation to the entertaining fights. Was nice to see Cro Cop get the "W" in the GP. What were your thoughts?

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Post by InfinityLens on Wed Jan 04, 2017 8:51 am

^^^Good stuff.

Hope to see more of these guys. Suggested match Aliakabari v Mighty Mo.
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Post by CDF47 on Thu Jan 05, 2017 12:02 am

^Ali vs. Mighty Mo would be a good one for sure, striker vs. wrestler.

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