When Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal entered the Season 8 light heavyweight tournament, he was a favorite to win. Then, Emanuel Newton and his spinning backfist ended those hopes in the semifinals.
Newton would go on to win Season 8 and Lawal won the 2013 Summer Series.
“A loss is always bad but it didn’t affect me psychologically,” said Lawal to CagePotato. “It just isn’t hard to get back in there and train and get ready for the next one. That’s what I did and I’m ready for this next one.”
When champion Attila Vegh got injured until next year, Bellator decided to introduce an interim title. It features the Lawal-Newton rematch.