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Oversight of the Day: King Mo Doesn’t Think His Droopy Hands Played Any Part in His KO Loss Last Thursday

He might only be a few days removed from his shocking Bellator 90 upset at the hands of Emanuel Newton, but it doesn’t appear as if Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal has learned a damn thing from it yet. Mo has been training with renowned boxing instructor Jeff Mayweather ever since signing his groundbreaking Bellator/TNA double contract last May, and has even knocked out the occasional training partner or two in his time there. But King Mo is not Floyd Mayweather, and this fact was never made more obvious than in the moments leading up to his KO loss last Thursday.

In an attempt to mimic Mayweather’s “shoulder roll” technique, Mo’s hands could be spotted closer to his waist than his face for the majority of the fight, which would have been fine had Mo counterbalanced that disadvantage with sharp combinations and head movement. Since Mo did nothing of the sort, he wound up losing his spot in the light heavyweight tourney finals and costing me over 2200 dollars on a eight-fight parlay yousonofabitchbastardWHYGODWHY. But if you were to ask Mo, the knockout was not the result of his own arrogance and was in fact quite the opposite:

I didn’t even see the shot. A lot of people saying that I was fighting cocky and with my hands down, but if you watch it, when he missed with his right hand, I threw a right hand and then he came with the spinning backfist.

So he kind of caught me in the act of punching, but no excuses, I’m good, and I will be back and hopefully I get to fight him again in the future. It was the first time I had been knocked out, and the good thing is I came to pretty quick. When I saw the ref standing over me, I just said, ‘Damn!’

Hey, at least Mo didn’t go with the “I am too talented to train” routine, right? Anyone?

If you lost more money that I did an account of Mo, feel free to vent your frustrations in the comments section. As for me, I’m sure these legs will unbreak themselves any…day…now…

-J. Jones

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Deadpanda- February 26, 2013 at 10:45 am
-_- He stole my move (miss the winging right wide & then follow through with back fist... you know from my fight in Hawth.. fuck it nvm). Though, even drunk, I'm sure I had a far better understanding of what I was doing at the time. Oh well, momma always told me I was an innovator.
Clyde- February 26, 2013 at 5:13 am
It was the very slow motion fall that I enjoyed. The way Newton stands back for a second, just watching as if he's thinking... "did I just knock him out? He's not falling yet. then throws another hook and tries to choke him as he's falling.

Tell Jeff Mayweather that these things happen in MMA.
FilmDrunk- February 25, 2013 at 5:31 pm
I don't think his hands were the problem, the fact that he was standing right the fuck in front of him was the problem.
Fried Taco- February 25, 2013 at 3:33 pm
Luckily the only thing he cost me was a bit of swagger.
RaginAsian- February 25, 2013 at 3:01 pm
First time getting knocked out? Did he forget the time Feijao took his belt by knocking him stupid?
algiersheadkick504- February 25, 2013 at 2:46 pm
Holy ballsack in more important news tank Abbott is returning to mma!! A glorious moment in mms history indeed....btw no one woulda saw that sbf coming that would have caught a lot of people but mo has good offensive boxing and prolly good defensive hoxing...but yu can't thro sbf in boxing
teep- February 25, 2013 at 2:23 pm
I agree Misanthropy. This is not boxing. I was yelling at the TV while watching this fight "get your damn hands up" and then it happened! I am not a fighter and I could "see it coming".
El Guapo- February 25, 2013 at 2:14 pm
I'm just frustrated I forgot to put in a Newton/Russian that fought Rad Martinez parleezy that would've paid about 15 to 1. And King Mo is right. That spinning backfist was fluckey/lucky (flucky). Don't get me wrong, I'm glad Muhammed got beheaded and all but it looked like Newton threw the backfist to keep himself from falling after he missed the haymaker overhand right.
Mr_Misanthropy- February 25, 2013 at 2:12 pm
Sorry about your luck but Mo getting Serra'd made my night.

I wonder if he understands that Floyd doesn't have to worry about head kicks or spinning back fists? I thought he was a "student of the game".