A few years back, Muhammed Lawal and Quinton Jackson were in the middle of a very bitter rivalry which saw both men trade verbal jabs at one another while both were fighting for different mixed martial arts (MMA) organizations.
Eventually, the two talented light heavyweights called a truce and put an end to all the bickering.
But now that they're both fighting under the Bellator MMA umbrella, it seems those old hard feelings have resurfaced, as evidenced by this near in-cage brawl a few months back.
Those actions prompted many in the MMA community to question the authenticity of the friendship, beef, or whatever it is the two have going on. During a recent appearance on The MMA Hour, Lawal broke it all down and declared once and for all that he and "Rampage" are not, and never have been "boys."
"We're not boys. I never talk to Rampage on the phone, maybe once, three or four years ago. I don't know s--t about Rampage, I knew he's from Memphis. Other than that, I can't say too much about him. I don't know that dude, I don't know. We ain't boys, we've never been boys."
No hard feelings, "King Mo," the feeling is apparently mutual because "Rampage" says the only reason he signed with Bellator was to "beat the shit" out of you.
The two will finally get the chance to let their fists do the talking when they collide in the co-main event of Bellator 120 on May 17, 2014. An event that will mark the Viacom-owned company's first-ever foray into the pay-per-view (PPV) business.
According to "King Mo," he is not concerned with the threats Jackson poses, saying he isn't the same fighter he once was, inferring that his recent body of work proves just that.
"I don't I think he's the same fighter he was all the time. I'm not worried about him, he's got knockouts in the first round. So what. That don't mean nothing to me, that's in the past. He knocked out Christian M'Pumbu. Knocking out Christian M'Pumbu, you know what I'm saying, he got caught. But I ain't getting caught."
Now that he's with American Top Team, (ATT), Lawal says he feels at home and claims this is the best camp he's had in a while. It's that factor that gives Lawal the confidence to take the fight to the ground or keep it on the feet against Jackson.
Regardless of where the action unfolds, "King Mo" only sees one outcome, and that's having "Rampage" on the receiving end of a beatdown and having his hand raised in victory, predicting that Jackson will be "getting his ass whooped" come fight night.
Anyone see it going differently?