The beef between Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal is as real as MMA-beef gets; these two genuinely do not like one another. Their rivalry dates all the way back to 2014, where the two faced off at Bellator 120 on May 17th in a 3 round fight that Rampage won via unanimous decision, and the two have not stopped the verbal warfare since.
This fight will be at Heavyweight, somewhat of unfamiliar territory for King Mo, and it showed on the scale, as Rampage weighed in at 253 pounds, while King Mo only tipping the scales at 212 pounds, a 41-pound advantage for Rampage. King Mo has stayed very active since these two last met in 2014, recording 8 wins and 2 losses over that stretch of time, while Rampage has been quite the opposite, only fighting twice since then, both wins.
However, the true beef between these two fighters doesn't necessarily mean that the fight will be all that exciting, as King Mo doesn't care how he does it, he just wants to beat Rampage, and will likely do so by "humping his leg for 25-minutes" (meaning he's going to just try and out wrestle and out point Rampage). If there is one thing Rampage Jackson hates in this world, it's wrestlers. He has been outspoken about it his entire career, noting that he would much rather stand and trade in a brawl of a fight, rather than, as King Mo so eloquently put it, be "humped". I hope that we get to see some punches fly from these two, as they both possess the ability to knock the other out, but I fear for the worst.
Rampage is currently on his longest winning-streak (5 fights) since 2004-2007, and another win Friday night would keep him on pace to continue to chase his win-streak record of 8 from 2000-2001. While Rampage made headlines this past week for stating that his biggest MMA regret is starting the sport to begin with, he did clarify his comments at the Bellator 175 press conference this week, saying that he was more referring to the regrets surrounding his family, as since his career began over 15 years ago, he has been too distant from them for his own liking. I completely understand where he is coming from, as a sport that requires so much time and dedication, and so much traveling - especially as you begin your rise to fame - can be grueling on anyone.