While talking to the media at the Bellator: Dynamite media day Tuesday in Hollywood, Muhammed Lawal aka King Mo stated that he knows exactly who the biggest star in MMA is.
Ronda Rousey? No. Brock Lesnar? No. Well, then who?
“Dana White. Biggest star. Hands down. Here’s the problem with MMA.”
“Dana White is a smart guy,” Mo said. “He branded himself. But in order for MMA to be a true sport … the biggest star has to be an actual fighter. Straight up.”
“MMA is entertainment. People don’t get that. ‘Oh, it’s a sport.’ When fans are like, ‘This is a black eye for our sport.’ No, it’s entertainment, playa. You got the game wrong. This is entertainment. We’re here to entertain. It’s entertainment. It ain’t really a true sport just yet. If it’s gonna be a true sport, they gotta do a lot more to make it a true sport.”
When asked about UFC President Dana White not liking him and not signing him to the UFC when Strikeforce shut down a few years, Mo said it doesn’t let him bother him.
“It don’t affect me,” Lawal said. “It’s good for him. It don’t affect me at all, because I’m in Bellator. I’m just doing my thing. I don’t care about the spotlight. I just care to win my fights, get paid, kick it with my family, kick it with my friends. And when Bellator needs a fight and [someone to] put on a good show or win fights, they hit me up. I’m in shape, I do it. To me, MMA is my job.”
Lawal doesn’t have to worry about the UFC because he has to focus on his opponent this Saturday night. Lawal meets Linton Vassell in the Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal bout at Bellator 142, which could lead to him to fighting the winner of Tito Ortiz – Liam McGeary for the light heavyweight title.
Lawal is currently on a three-fight winning streak. In his last five bouts, he’s 4-1.
Bellator 142: Dynamite 1 takes place this Saturday night, September 19th at SAP Center in San Jose, California and the main card will air on Spike TV in prime time.