Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal (9-2 MMA, 1-1 BFC) was a favorite in his last fight against underdog Emanuel Newton (20-7-1 MMA, 3-1 BFC) at Bellator Season 8 light-heavyweight tournament, but Newton made an upset by knocking his opponent out with a spinning back fist in round one. After the fight Lawal was quiet, but he now spoke to the media about what happened and what is next for him:

“I have been here before and I bounced back from it, and I will do the same this time. I am going to work more on my defense with Jeff Mayweather and I’m going to go back to my roots and work with Kevin Jackson, and I think I will be just fine. Emanuel did what he had to do and he caught me.”

It’s good when a fighter understands his mistakes, but King Mo disagrees with most critics about fighting cocky:

“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!’”

While Lawal is recovering from his defeat, Bellator Season 8 light-heavyweight tournament finalist Emanuel Newton (20-7-1 MMA, 3-1 BFC) will meet sambo fighter Mikhail Zayats (21-6 MMA, 2-0 BFC) in his next fight.

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