Rampage Jackson vs. King Mo Lawal Tournament Final Featured on Bellator’s May 17 Pay-Per-View

March 11, 2014
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Bellator Rampage vs Mo 478x270Bellator MMA’s biggest trilogy is set for Saturday, May 17, as Bellator Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez will defend his title against Michael Chandler in one of the most highly anticipated fights of 2014, live on Pay-Per-View. The night also features the Memphis return of MMA superstar Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, who will square off against King Mo Lawal in one of MMA’s most heated rivalries. The event will take place from The Landers Center, located just outside Memphis on Saturday, May 17.

The main event is the third installment in this epic MMA trilogy that has featured a spectacular submission victory for Chandler at Bellator 58 and a dramatic five-round split decision victory for Alvarez at Bellator 106 this past November. Both of their previous fights were considered “Fight of The Year” candidates by the MMA media and fans.

A native of South Memphis, Rampage returns to The River City for the first time in fifteen years to battle King Mo in the Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Finals. Since joining Bellator in 2013, Rampage has delivered two highlight-reel knockouts, and will face his toughest test in Bellator to date when he battles King Mo.

“I’ve been wanting to come back to Memphis for the last decade, and I’m finally getting that chance to fight in one of the biggest fights of my career for Bellator,” Jackson said. “After being part of the Bellator family for a while now, I feel like the old Rampage, and that’s not a good thing for Mo. I’m back, I’m a monster, and I’m looking to put on another entertaining fight for all my fans on May 17.”

“When it comes down to it, this is a fight I’ve wanted for a long time, and I’m going to be able to beat his ass in his hometown, and everyone is going to respect me,” Lawal said. “Rampage is just a stepping stone in my way to get that title shot again and get that belt. It’s all I want, and after I beat Rampage, I’m going for that belt, simple as that.”

“We now have two fights on this card that are absolute fireworks,” Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney said. “Like I said before, we have Alvarez and Chandler headlining a card that will end the best trilogy ever in MMA, and now we’ve added two more superstars to the mix with Rampage and King Mo. May 17 is going to be an absolutely huge night for Bellator, live on Pay-Per-View.”

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  • rfterminator

    Is it really a “tournament” when it started with only 4 fighters?!! I mean, that means, fight once and your in the finals! This is using the word “tournament” as a marketing gimmick. Maybe Bellator figures that much of the audience will not realize there has been no tournament leading up to this “final.” But it’s Bellator, so the MMA press gives them a break and don’t call them on it.

    • J.D.C.D.

      I think it may depend on the MMA Media. Luke Thomas over at SB Nation seems to be very critical about Bellator and their usage of the “tournament” model.

    • Ryan thompson

      I guess Technically you can call it a tournament, a very short tournament that ends up with the match ups they want.
      It’s match making pretending to be the “toughest tournment in sports.” When a fighter like Mo ends up losing their tournment/match up, They still end up promoting him a lot more then the current champion Newton. Did anyone think Mo Vs Rampage wouldn’t happen?
      I don’t like all the theatrics involved in a Bellator event, especially the fact that they don’t allow all the fighters to wear a shirt during the walk out because a shirtless man and pyrotechnics is much more dramatic.

  • Joe

    What happens when former ufc light heavyweight champion who could no longer compete with anyone that was top 10 in the ufc wins their tournament and then their title? Do they really think that people will believe that Rampage is great again. In all honesty it will only show the difference in talent from the ufc and bellator.

    • J.D.C.D.

      I think Emmanuel Newton or Bellator’s LHW champ will dispose of the winner of King Mo vs Rampage with ease.

  • J.D.C.D.

    I’d maybe pay $30 for this PPV to see Alvarez vs. Chandler again and the train wreck of Mo vs Jackson. No way in hell I’m paying $50.

    Will Bellator get 200K buys with this upcoming PPV?

  • armhuinnamuice

    200K ppv buys? not a chance in hell

    on a personal note – having lawal jackson fake crap doesn’t make me want to buy this card – i was embarrassed to be an mma fan when they put on that fake nonsense

  • TheCerealKiller

    “We now have two fights on this card that are absolute fireworks,” Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney said.

    LOL! Sure, Alvarez/Chandler is a good fight (for a third time) but I didn’t buy UFC cards with Rampage headlining. Why would I pay for him in the minor leagues? You have a product that features guys that can’t wait to get of there. You pride yourself on the term “Tournament” for something that isn’t a tournament. It’s like calling Gus/Manawhatever and Jones/Glover a tournament. I guess Dana didn’t write their names on the neat little lines, so it’s not a tournament.

  • bjcoins23@gmail.com

    Who wrote this “press release”? Bjorn rebney lol
    Why do these mma sights just post as news any thing that’s given to them from whoever. A washed up Quinton vs an average mma fighter like mo….seriously. Who cares. Chandler vs Curran ? Average fight at best. Bjorn needs to accept his place as a feeder for the UFC. Don’t fight the reality. Accept it and bellator will be better off in the long run.

  • Poops

    I will be cleaning my cornhole while this fight is happening. More important things to do, you know!