Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz faces fellow UFC Hall of Famer Stephan Bonnar in the Bellator 131 main event. He’s hoping to resurrect his career in the Viacom-owned fight promotion, but 205-pound contender “King Mo” Lawal will be pulling for Bonnar on Nov. 15 at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego.
“I want Bonnar to win,” Lawal recently told MMAWeekly.com. “I like Bonnar’s personality. He keeps it real. Tito tires to keep it all professional, but he’s not. He’s fake.”
The 33-year-old Tennessee native believes Ortiz wouldn’t have a chance if the two were ever to fight.
“I would whoop his ass. That’s what would happen,” he said. “I don’t talk about the dude. If I’ve got something to say I’ll say it to his face. But he thinks he’s slick. To me, I want Bonnar to win.”
Ortiz has criticized Lawal in recent interviews, and the former Strikeforce titleholder would welcome a future match-up against the former UFC champion.
“I’m seeing this dude talk about me, saying I’m some type of bum. Please. I would handle him with easy work. It would be easy work. He isn’t going to out-wrestle me. He’s slow. What’s he going to do? Stomp his feet? He ain’t going to do nothing,” said Lawal. “He has nothing.”
Lawal faces Joe Vedepo on the Bellator 131 main card.