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King Mo on Jon Jones’ Betrayal of Rashad Evans: ‘That’s a Ho Move’

(At least he’s done his research. Pic: ESPN)

Uh-oh, we bet somebody is going to get their Twitter in a bunch over this: Former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal spoke with Five Knuckles over the weekend, breaking down the current Jon Jones-Rashad Evans beef with the kind of simple analogy any pimp could understand. Lawal said that in going back on his original oath never to fight a friend and training partner, Jones displayed the personality traits of a common street prostitute and now “Bones” – ahem – should be treated like one.

“I think it broadsided (Evans), because they both made an agreement (not to fight) and all of a sudden someone reneges,” Lawal said. “I would never fight Daniel (Cormier) definitely, and he would never fight me. Then all of a sudden if he went behind my back and said, ‘I’ll fight Mo on TV’ … that’s a ho move and a ho move deserves an ass whipping. I know none of my training partners that are my brothers would ever pull a ho move like that. If I say I ain’t going to fight my brother, I ain’t going to fight my brother.”

Full disclosure here, Lawal and Evans are known to be tight, so Lawal’s opinion is not necessarily unexpected. In fact, perhaps the only mildly surprising thing here is that the 7-1 former champ (who just spent the last eight months recovering from substantial knee surgery) would come out of the gate upon his return comparing the current No. 1-ranked fighter in his weight class to someone who trades sex for money. For his part, Lawal said he’d rather quit MMA and turn to professional wrestling than fight someone from inside his camp.

“I got brothers who I train with (and) I won’t fight my training brothers,” Lawal said. “They can fire me and I will go to the WWE, I don’t care. Rashad is a brother to me, why fight him if there are other options?”

Now that Strikeforce and the UFC are all one big, happy (and dysfunctional) family, King Mo said he expects “some cross promotion, some AFC vs. NFC type stuff” to happen sooner than later. Though he is already rumored to be taking on Roger Gracie in his SF return, Five Knuckles was kind enough to suggest Quinton “Rampage” Jackson as a first UFC opponent for Lawal, noting that the two have had words in the past and making the somewhat debatable claim that fans would “salivate” to see the up-and-coming star fight the over-the-hill former champion. Lawal? Doesn’t sound like he thinks it’d be much of a fight …

“I’ll beat Rampage,” he said. “What is he going to do? Stop my takedowns? Especially now that my knee is good. C’mon. Is he going to hit me with a big shot? As much as I like Rampage, I respect him, I saw him in Japan with his family. I respect him, he’s a nice guy, but you know what? I’d like to fight him and get it out the way. There’s too much money to be made. We could make this fight happen and then we could squash beef or keep not liking each other. But I know this, I saw him in Japan and I have more respect for him now, but I’d love to fight him. Get me up in there with him.”

And in case you were wondering, Lawal is pretty sure he could take out Jones, too …

“Without a doubt I can beat Jon Jones,” he said. “I know I can beat Jon Jones. He’s a good fighter, but all it takes is a good game plan, a good camp and I know I would win. My brother Rashad got the tools to beat him too. Rashad’s going to beat him.”

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unicornpower- April 11, 2011 at 10:24 pm
I doubt most of the people talking trash about Mo and Rashad have ever trained, let alone fought.

You don't get good on your own, your teammates and your coach are the ones that get you there.

Notice how fighting people in your camp is NOT the norm.

Jones is sick and is probably the best LHW out there, but regardless he blindsided a teammate by announcing he would fight him. It was a dick move especially considering he never talked to Rashad about it before hand.
Koeikan- April 11, 2011 at 10:22 pm
I still say that wasn't Shogun that was in the cage that night... but I think Jones would have won anyway.
SnackDaddy- April 11, 2011 at 10:15 pm
the skill set you need most of all to beat jones is size and strength. You need someone who can bench-press jones so they can get up from underneath them. the only guy i think who could have done that in the current 205 mix is thiago silva who has now gone and fucked himself in the ass.
i do think jones is a heavy weight. all the other light weights only stand a punchers chance with jones and who better to utilize that then rampage. i actually thought shogun was gonna use his leg kicks to dismantle jones like he did with machida but he came in in the worst shape of his life. i was fucking dissapointed with shogun that night.
Koeikan- April 11, 2011 at 9:55 pm
Don't be a stupid asshole. What skillset would you suggest would be better, you dick? None of those guy are in the top tier of fighters in the division, so I guess there's no point in having him fight anyone who is a better version of those guys, you shithead.

Someone who has insane BJJ could also be included, a la someone like Rousimar, but no one at LHW comes to mind... Anyone come to mind for you, you fuckface?

So... again:
Insane wrestling: Good enough to stay off their back with Jones.

Heavy hands: If you can get inside on Jones, his striking defense has holes and if they have 1 punch knockout power this weakness can be exploited. Can't make the mistake of clinching up though. Jones' chin has barely been tested.

Solid chin: Because of his reach, they would have to be willing to eat a punch to get inside.

Personally, I say the best two options stylistically are Fedor/Hendo.

So... based on that, who would you offer up as better options? I mean, beyond your excellent analysis pointing out that he has beaten lower tier fighters (save Bader) with wrestling experience, you dick.
RwilsonR- April 11, 2011 at 7:32 pm
@ Koeikan - yeah, Jones hasn't really been tested against a good wrestler yet. Bader, Hamill, Matyushenko, Vera... not a wrestler among them.
Koeikan- April 11, 2011 at 6:39 pm
And maybe Rashad... but I'd be less confident about that pick if they hadn't trained together. I think that favors Rashad more than it does Jones, just because of Jones unpredictable style.

I'm done.
Koeikan- April 11, 2011 at 6:38 pm
Oh yeah, and add Rampage to that list too.
Koeikan- April 11, 2011 at 6:38 pm
*could give Jones problems...
Koeikan- April 11, 2011 at 6:37 pm
I actually think King Mo is one of the few 205'ers who could potentially give Jones problems.

What skillset do I think is required to beat Jones? Very good wrestling, heavy hands, solid chin... Do I think he would win? Not necessarily, but he matches up well. Hendo, Fedor and Machida are the others that I think could possibly give Machida problems. Hendo for the same reasons as Mo, Fedor's Fedor, and Machida could give him problems if he fights the perfect fight.
edhedicus- April 11, 2011 at 4:22 pm
He better be careful what he says, Bones proves he will fight anyone. Does this douchebag really want that?
Bootylam- April 11, 2011 at 3:31 pm
He's just talking out his ass. Remember how fucking gassed he was in his last couple of fights? Step to Jones (or even Rampage) in that kind of shape and no way could he even hang. Delusional.
danomite- April 11, 2011 at 1:51 pm
"… that’s a ho move and a ho move deserves an ass whipping" Please, king mo, do what ever you have to do to get a fight with Jon Jones. Do a Fitch and lay n' pray yourself to 10 wins in a row if you have to. I want to see you fight Jones because he will absolutely slaughter you and it will be very fun to watch even if it does only last 2 minutes.
danomite- April 11, 2011 at 1:48 pm
I think you are forgetting that the Manbearverine actually had Hendo in one of those leglocks, I believe. The problem was he didn't know that long ago Hendo had ripped out his own ACL's because he viewed them as a weakness.
RwilsonR- April 11, 2011 at 1:44 pm
The great thing about this is with King Mo rhyming with 'ho', Rampage won't have to work hard for some of his pre-fight schtick if they are able to make that fight happen.
intercept440- April 11, 2011 at 1:28 pm
oh i almost forgot ....fuck you king mo..if your a fighter, you fight who they put in front of you period, what king mo shoudl have said was " yo , eh maaaann, both all ya all muthafukka's just fight and stop beein bitches yo, ya'll getting paid, fight and get yo money, then go out and make it rain in da club to celebrate , fukkin bitches yo"

thats how i imagine king mo talking lol
mustache revival- April 11, 2011 at 1:24 pm
I guess making as much money as you can in a short fighting career is a 'ho' thing to do.
RwilsonR- April 11, 2011 at 12:27 pm
Mo better hope that Daniel Cormier doesn't get a conditioning coach, because then they might be the last two light-heavyweights Zuffa doesn't bring over from Strikeforce.
RwilsonR- April 11, 2011 at 12:23 pm
Jones should have been a good friend and said that as long as he holds that belt, he will forever deny his training partner a shot at his dream. That would have been the classy thing to do.
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rampageisgod- April 11, 2011 at 12:00 pm
Queen Mo would get his ass whipped by Sir Rampage.
FeelDaRiddum- April 11, 2011 at 11:39 am
what a fucking moron, this guy would get handled by both rampage and jones.
SnackDaddy- April 11, 2011 at 11:25 am
"that’s a ho move and a ho move deserves an ass whipping."
ROFL! This guy's awesome. He should take the place of Joe Rogan in the UFC. Can you imagine him and Mike Goldberg commentating together?
I also agree that not wanting to fight a teammate is fucking gay. This is a sport and like any other sport you should be willing to compete with your friend, neighbor, relative etc. etc. That's what the spirit of competition is all about. It happens in sports like tennis all the time. Why do you have too look at it as simply administering a beat-down on the other person.
Secondly, people are wrong to criticize Jones for taking this fight. Jones never asked for this fight. It was given to him. Also at a very awkward moment where he was pretty much expected to say "yes."
Sooner or later Rashad would have to fight Jones. Might as well stop pussy-footing and get on with the show.
SmokinJoe86- April 11, 2011 at 11:22 am
Lawal is like Carwin, he started off as a likeable character and now comes off as a total douchebag.
intercept440- April 11, 2011 at 11:22 am
@ efb +1

good stuff..