As noted, Bellator has shaken up their leadership, hiring Scott Coker to replace the departing Bjorn Rebney. As one can imagine, the reactions are diverse and one interaction two sides ended up colliding.
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson came to Bellator with a lot of support from Rebney, both publicly and behind the scenes. That support did not sit well with one Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal. He made several inflammatory remarks surrounding their fight at Bellator 120, calling Rebney a Rampage “dick rider.” When Rebney made the news official today that he was departing, Rampage posted a picture to Instagram. The caption read as follows:
“The 1st time Chuck and I fought was in Japan. Pride reps asked me 2 give him a good beating even tho I had 2 fights that night. I lost my 2nd fight that night cause I did what they asked, and they stood up the fight with Wand too soon, in my opinion. MMA hasn’t had my back the way I had it’s back. Time for me to think about retirement, Or fighting for myself.”
These comments caught the attention of King Mo, and a social media brawl ensued. Mo called out Rampage, saying that he’s only considering retirement because his “dick rider” got fired. Mo also told Rampage that if he wants a rematch, they can do it in Dallas. Rampage finally did respond, saying that Mo can’t fight and is simply jealous over Rampage taking his #1 position.
I do find it funny that with the leadership change it was Rampage’s first move to talk retirement. Rampage was getting preferential treatment, and perhaps his thinking is that the new leadership will not provide that same treatment to him. Viacom/Spike TV might just step in and try to keep him happy, but in this time of transition there certainly are more questions than answers as to what the future holds.
As for Lawal, he can talk all he wants, but that doesn’t mean he will get his rematch with Jackson in Dallas or anywhere else for that matter.