It was a nice of surprises, upsets and post-fight antics for Bellator’s debut on pay-per-view Saturday evening, as Quinton “Rampage” Jackson defeated Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal in the main event of Bellator 120.
Jackson earned the Season 10 light heavyweight tournament crown with the decision victory, much to the dismay of Lawal. The former UFC champion is expected to meet Emanuel Newton next for the Bellator title, but he stated that could be an issue because they both share the same coach.
“I don’t know how that’s going to work,” Jackson said. “We are like a family.”
Before the more emotional side of Jackson came out, he and Lawal engaged in another epic back-and-forth verbal tirade that almost overshadowed their fight.
Lawal stated that “you all saw what happened. He thought I won. Rampage says, ‘rematch.’ If that’s what he wants, and he says it before the judges said anything, ya’ll know what that means.”
Jackson fired back that he only stated those words because of his desire to “knock (Lawal) out.”
The two continued to trade words, with Lawal stating if Jackson doesn’t like getting taken down he should go to boxing or kickboxing and “get knocked out like Pat Barry.” Jackson fired off that he could if he wanted to, to which Lawal said he would get knocked out by Tyrone Spong, a top kickboxer.
In the co-main event, Will Brooks became the interim lightweight champion by scoring a split decision victory over Michael Chandler. The main event was expected to feature Eddie Alvarez and Chandler, but the lightweight titleholder suffered a head injury and was forced out.
“I am going to wake up (Sunday) and still be in a dream,” Brooks said. “Much respect to Michael Chandler.”
Tito Ortiz, another former UFC champion, made his Bellator debut by submitting middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko at light heavyweight. Ortiz, who held a weight advantage in the contest, said he saw the Russian “eating chocolate cake four times” in the days leading up to the contest.
“That was a mistake,” Ortiz added. “I would have stayed faster.”
Other main card results included a submission victory by Alexander Volkov to earn a rematch for the Bellator heavyweight championship, along with another stoppage win from Michael Page.