UFC President Dana White fires back at 'King Mo' for recent rant on Strikeforce

NEW YORK NY - JANUARY 13: Dana White UFC President speaks during a press conference to announce commitment to bring UFC to Madison Square Garden and New York State at Madison Square Garden on January 13 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)

Don't cross the boss.

UFC President Dana White isn't exactly thrilled that former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Muhammed Lawal is running down the world's largest fight promotion after what "King Mo" perceived to be a lack of pre-event hype from the organization's new parent company.

That kind of thing can happen when the headlines are hijacked by the tomfoolery of Nick Diaz, who temporarily threw the UFC 137 fight card into chaos by no-showing consecutive media appearances.

Oh, and there was that whole Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem thing.

But was White purposely ignoring the Sept. 10 Strikeforce event, which aired live on Showtime and showcased the semifinals of the promotion's heavyweight grand prix tournament?

Here's what he told Yahoo Sports:

"If Mo whatever the [expletive] his name is, or any of those guys, think I planned all this [expletive] this week, they’re out of their minds. Yes, we signed [Alistair] Overeem and made the Brock [Lesnar] fight. Do you think I expected Nick Diaz to pull this [expletive]? We have all kinds of stuff going and I didn’t need this in my life. It is what it is and I never had a thought in my mind of [expletive] with Strikeforce. But I promote the UFC 24/7."

Lawal made a successful return to the cage last weekend, pasting jiu-jitsu wizard Roger Gracie in their televised light heavyweight match up.

It was the first step towards getting back into the 205-pound title hunt -- even though the division is currently without a champion -- thanks to the contract status of Dan Henderson.

Is "King Mo" soon to be without a kingdom? Or will Dana overlook his recent complaining and sign him to a long-term contract?

Anyone clamoring to see Lawal inside the Octagon?

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