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Ryan Bader teed up for Lawal at Bellator 180, but 'King Mo' wants Mitrione-Fedor winner after that


ROSEMONT, Ill. – After fighting a version of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson who was more than 40 pounds heavier than him in the Bellator 175 in the main event, Muhammed Lawal isn’t shying away from the heavyweights.

Lawal (21-6 MMA, 10-4 BMMA) was booked for a light heavyweight fight against new UFC signeee Ryan Bader at “Bellator: 180” at Madison Square Garden in New York City after he won a decision against Jackson (37-12 MMA, 4-1 BMMA) in their rematch Friday.

Lawal’s heavyweight bout against Jackson took place at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., near Chicago. The main card aired on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

After his win, which came with 29-28 scores across the board, “King Mo” said he wants to fight Bader, then fight the winner of the “Bellator: NYC” co-main event between Fedor Emelianenko and Matt Mitrione.

“I’m cool with (fighting Bader),” Lawal said. “But at the same time, I wouldn’t mind fighting the winner of Mitrione and Fedor. I just want to bounce – I want both titles. I want two title shots. I want to fight for the 205 belt and heavyweight belt.

“… I just want to fight everybody. The more you keep on winning, the more title shots you’ll get, or you’ll have chances to get title shots. I’m just trying to fight and win at any weight class.”

Since losing his first fight against Jackson nearly three years ago in the company’s first foray into pay-per-view, Lawal has won nine of 11 fights.

For complete coverage of Bellator 175, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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