A rib injury forced Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal out of the Light Heavyweight tournament final at Bellator 142: "Dynamite 1" last night (Sat., Sept. 19, 2015).
Lawal, 34, won his semifinal bout, defeating Linton Vassel by unanimous decision to advance to the final, but it would be tournament reserve winner Francois Carmont -- who defeated Anthony Ruiz by unanimous decision -- that would fight in his place against Phil Davis.
"He had a rib injury and he couldn't continue," said Bellator CEO Scott Coker at the post-fight press conference. "When he went back there to get checked he said, ‘my rib hurts' after the first fight. They cleared him, but it started stiffening up. He tried to keep it loose, but he said he couldn't even pick up his arm until about 30 minutes before the fight. So, he decided to pull out."
Lawal's manager Mike Kogan told MMAmania.com that Lawal went the hospital (Santa Clara Valley Medical Center) after the bout and that he suffered a rib fracture.
Davis would go on to win the tournament by knocking out Carmont in the opening round of the final. The former UFC fighter will face current 205-pound champion Liam McGeary next. The champion submitted Tito Ortiz in the main event to defend his belt for the first time.
Coker was asked what would be next for Lawal, but he said he'd need to learn how long the injury will keep out "King Mo" first.
"I don't even really know how long King Mo will be out," Coker said. "He might be out for an extended period of time, so let's evaluate the time frame and then we can make some decisions.
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