Muhammed Lawal was victorious at Bellator 131 after battering and bludgeoning Joe Vedepo until the referee mercifully called a halt to the bout in the third round (highlights here).
With the win, "King Mo" has now won two straight and improves his record to 14-4 (1) and 6-3 in Bellator. As for who may be next for Lawal, he seems to want a crack at Tito Ortiz, who defeated Stephan Bonnar by split decision in the main event last night (Sat., Nov. 15, 2014) at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California (full results here).
MMA Fighting was on hand in San Diego and reported that things got interesting at the post-fight press conference when Lawal called Oritz out, and then used a movie reference to describe what he would do to him if they ever met inside the Bellator cage.
"Now if you want some, you get some," Lawal said. "I'm just saying. You fought Bonnar and Bonnar has been gone for two years. That's fine. I'll Django your ass. Straight up, Django. I will bust your ass, straight up. I'm serious."
Lawal has always been known for saying interesting and amusing things while trash talking, but this particular quote may take the prize as the biggest "Did he just say that?" moment of his career. Django, if you didn't know, is a classic Sergio Carbucci spaghetti western that starred Franco Nero. In 2012, Quentin Tarantino wrote and directed an entirely different film called Django Unchained, which starred Jamie Fox as a renegade slave turned bounty hunter in the Deep South.
That would seem to be the film that Lawal was referring to when saying he would "Django" Ortiz. Although you would have to ask Lawal about the exact meaning of the connotation.
Ortiz responded with, "Everybody wants to fight me. Get in line."
"King Mo" fired a salvo about Ortiz's injury history, suggesting he would have excuses to not fight him.
"You ain't going to fight me, I know that," Lawal said. "You're going to be, ‘my neck, my back, my knee.'"
Ortiz was originally supposed to face Quinton "Rampage" Jackson in his Bellator debut before suffering a neck injury. "The People's Champion" told MMAmania.com earlier in the week that he was still interested in that fight, and he reiterated it again at the post-fight presser.
"Of course I want that," Ortiz said. "We were supposed to fight a long time ago. I broke my neck in training, I think it would be a huge fight for Spike, for Bellator, and everyone wants to see it."
Even more than that, Ortiz wants the Bellator light heavyweight title. As for fighting Lawal, it could happen, but a title fight against Emanuel Newton or a fight opposite "Rampage" would appear more likely to happen next.