Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney, as it turns out, is not riding anyone's dick, despite a serious accusation laid forth by one of his light heavyweight headliners, Muhammed Lawal (more on that here).
"King Mo" blew a gasket in his post-fight speech following a controversial unanimous decision loss to Quinton Jackson (highlights here), which took place at the Bellator 120 pay-per-view (PPV) event last Saturday night (May 17, 2014) inside Landers Center in Southaven, Mississippi.
But once Rebney (via MMA Fighting) got Lawal backstage, the truth came out.
"I think some people got in Mo's head and got Mo very amped up in a very emotional setting where he lost a fight and got him very, very excited and got him to say things that he didn't mean ... Mo came to me downstairs and said, 'Well, I heard you said this..you said that.' And I said, 'from me on tape? or from other people who said something?' And he said, 'from other people who told me.' So I said, 'you and I used to text each other three, four times a week. Come to me. Ask me about it. And if I said it I would tell you I said it and try to defend it and if it cost us our relationship it would. But it didn't. And that's a lie and you've been fed bad information.' And he said, 'Alright, if you're telling me that, I believe it.' and that's how we squashed it. I'm crazy about Mo. I love his personality, I love what he's brought to the organization, I love that he was the first real big name guy that we signed away from somebody else."
Thanks to Bloody Elbow for transcribing.
Lawal was apparently unhappy with the way Rebney was (allegedly) celebrating Jackson's win and whoever was in his ear, probably added fuel to the fire. Not to mention we've already seen what can happen inside the Bellator cage when fighters are still pumping with adrenaline.
No harm, no foul.
For complete Bellator 120: "Rampage vs. King Mo" results, including play-by-play coverage of the entire PPV main card, check out our live results thread right here.