Say what you will about Bellator's pay-per-view (PPV) plans, but at least it's building off stories with some history to them.
The light heavyweight tournament final will serve as the co-main event at Bellator 120, where former Bellator light heavyweight title challenger Muhammed Lawal squares off against bitter rival Quinton Jackson.
"King Mo" booked his place in the tournament final by defeating Mikhail Zayats at Bellator 110 three weeks ago, while "Rampage" stormed through Christian M'Pumbu in the main event on the same fight card.
"I knew I was going to end up fighting him sometime soon or sometime eventually in my career. But I got him. I got him figured out."
Some believe this feud could be made for television, or a match made in pro wrestling heaven (these two are quite familiar with that world, too).
When Bellator 110 went off the air, the last images we saw were Jackson and Lawal engaging in what seemed to be a post-fight brawl, with Connecticut's athletic commission intervening.
Critics claimed the whole ordeal was staged, with the commission knowing in advance these two were going to have a spat if Jackson would have won.
If that's true, then Lawal must be playing possum.
"The thing is, when it came down to it, they told me to go to the cage, you know, and Jimmy Smith is going to talk to Rampage, to me and then we do a face off. But then when I get in the cage, that never happened. He grabs the microphone and starts yelling, and then he sees me and he starts to keep on yelling, and I felt a little disrespected. Not a little, but a lot. I just felt like I was blindsided, I wasn't feeling that."
However, Lawal insists he's always been respectful, yet it's not like "Rampage" and Lawal share from the same bottle at post-fight afterparties, either.
"Eye contact, we don't be talking, you know what I'm saying? It's cordial, it's cordial for years, that's about it."
When asked by Sherdog if "Mo" believes "Rampage" is one of the best pure boxers in the sport, Lawal disagreed heavily -- citing the differences between both sports -- as well as labeling himself as better than Jackson in that department.
"I think he has power. He's powerful, like a George Foreman type of guy. He doesn't really have a jab, he throws loopy shots, he's pretty powerful. But as far as being a pure boxer or anything like that, I think that people don't get it, it's two different sports. If you're a boxer, you're a boxer. Me and ‘Rampage' aren't boxers, we're fighters. I'm a wrestler, he's a former high school wrestler, fighter. His boxing is like...if you asked anybody in boxing, they'd tell you his boxing is sub par. They'd say the same thing about me. This is MMA. I think that he's alright, but I think I'm a better boxer than him. I think if we boxed in a straight up boxing match, I'd outbox him."
The winner of Lawal vs. Jackson at Bellator 120 will meet the Bellator light heavyweight champion, with Emmanuel Newton squaring off against Attila Vegh to unify the titles this upcoming weekend at Bellator 113.
All hail the "King?"