Posted by TNA Wrestling News Staff on Jun 20, 2013
Did King Mo Win His Bellator Return Fight?

Did King Mo Win His Bellator Return Fight?

TNA’s “King Mo“ (9-2 MMA, 1-1 BFC) made his return to the cage Wednesday night for Bellator MMA. Mo was able to defeat Seth Petruzelli (14-7 MMA) in the semifinals of the Summer Series Light heavyweight Tournament. Mo picked up the win via KO at 1:36 in the first round.

The 95-second victory came as a result of an early takedown from Lawal, who worked his way inside of Petruzelli’s punches and kicks to put “The Silverback” on his posterior. Though Petruzelli initially did well to fire off short punches from the open guard, Lawal eventually stood up and threw his opponent’s legs to the side before raining down a wrecking ball of a right hand that instantly turned out Petruzelli’s lights. Apparently realizing the blow had accomplished its intended task, the former Strikeforce champion declined to follow up, instead walking away from his unconscious foe.

The performance grants “King Mo” passage to the Summer Series light heavyweight tournament finals, slated to take place July 31 at Bellator 97.

Bellator released the following video of King Mo vs. Seth Petruzelli at Bellator 96 last night:


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10 Responses to “Did King Mo Win His Bellator Return Fight?”

  1. Dante_Cross says:

    Mild surprise. Was in doubt following his defeat in his first match after all the hype.

    • ariesstormjoe says:

      wasnt his first match vs emmanuel newton. that was his 2nd match of that tournament. his first was against Przemyslaw Mysiala. with newton i have to agree with how mo evaluates the fight. and randy couture seems to think he'll do well.

      his next opponent is jacob noe who has a record of 12-2 mo's record being 10-2. get a feeling majority of wrestling fans want him to lose cos hes an mma guy coming into wrestling. but thats good for wrestling brings a wider audience to wrestling and tna deal with bellator should bring a wider audience to bellator. both fantastic companies trying to grow.

      • Dante_Cross says:

        No, recall when he first signed with TNA, he lost in that tournament first round, which is why he has to compete in this one b/c they still want him to face for the title.

  2. Tiffanydude says:

    Surprise! no one cares……….

    • OldManEaston says:

      Boy he sure fizzled out didn't he? I'm talking in relation to TNA of course, not MMA. I just realized today that it has been over a year ago that he actually signed with TNA, and it has been 8 months since he last appeared. They barely even mention him anymore. He's doing virtually no wrestling training. If TNA is paying even one penny of his salary, they got taken for a ride…again. He can't even get more than a handful of comments on this little TNA board.

      I'm pretty much going to just say it here and now. I predict similar results from Rampage, especially if he starts winning some fights in Bellator and remains one of their marketable fighters. No legit competitive fighting promotion in their right mind, in this country, is going to want their biggest name to potentially get hurt playing grab ass with a bunch of "rasslers".

      • jbcissom says:

        I'm fine with him trying to make it into MMA. He's not big enough yet to crossover to wrestling and have that "big" impact yet (no pun intended). The only two guys that could do that IMO are couture and Liddell, and I would consider Liddell a stretch in all honesty. Brock Lesnar doesn't count, because he was big in wrestling before he switched to MMA.

        Several people talk about washed-up WWE rejects, can you imagine what would be said about "washed-up" MMA stars?

      • ariesstormjoe says:

        i dont think he fizzled out. its a tough idea tna/bellator are trying to do. have a guy be involved with both. from what was said in past conference calls involving rampage and king mo. bellator pay when he has a fight and spike tv pay the rest. his tna introduction wasnt as good as rampage's but it was just that. we'll see what the future brings but kenny king and king mo have joked about being a tag team. that seems possible as king mo would have less work to do.

        obviously tna would like to bring him back as light heavyweight champion. however he did get injured during his wrestling training. he says wrestling is tougher to do than mma and it will take time. will be the same for rampage but is it doable? is it manageable? well between dixie, rebney and the guy involved they seem to think it is. after this summer tournament which hopefully finishes on time but jacob noe(his next opponent) could have a hand injury which could mess up anything tna and king mo want to do in their scheduling.

        and between bellator and tna they will try balancing the 2 whilst a guy has an mma fight coming up he's not going to do fighting. but say the LHW tournament finishes on time. he could be back in tna by october (after more OVW work in september).

  3. Whatsup121 says:

    A better working title do this would have

    Been did king mo get KTFO ?

    • jbcissom says:

      Been did king mo get KTFO?…..

      I'm guessing you've never been in the ring/cage, boxing/fighting wise? That was a "Hail Mary" swinging backfist attempt that landed. Mo should have blocked it, but that's his weakness in MMA, his defense (boxing wise) is nowhere near his offense.

      I'm guessing you're the type of guy to say a person got KTFO from a sucker punch as well.

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