Some fans may have noticed a familiar face in Muhammed Lawal's corner at Bellator 106's interim Light Heavyweight title fight. "King Mo's" friend and teammate UFC Heavyweight Roy Nelson. Unfortunately, for Mo and "Big Country", Lawal came up short, losing the title by unanimous decision two rounds to three.
Following the event, FightHub TV caught up with Nelson to get his reaction to the Light Heavyweight tilt. Despite thinking his training partner should have won, Nelson was disappointed with the performance:
I had 1, 4, and 5 (for King Mo), but it doesn't really matter what I think. It was too close because Mo is a way better fighter than that. So, to me it was too close. It should have been 50-45. So, I'm disappointed, but this is a rebuilding thing. But, Mo will never make the same mistakes again and that's all that matters.
While his opponent and now interim Light Heavyweight champion Emanuel Newton will go on to face champion Attila Vegh in a unification bout, Bellator has not stated their plans for Lawal's future. It seems likely that he'll enter the next 205 lb. tournament looking to get another crack at the belt.
After an odd rant about point fighting and amateur boxing vs. professional fights, Nelson was asked about his most recent fight. At UFC 166, Nelson was on the receiving end of a unanimous decision defeat to former Olympic-level wrestler Daniel Cormier. While most viewers saw it as a one-sided drubbing, Nelson had a different take:
Always back to the drawing board, but I didn't feel like that was a fight just a good sparring match. I was back in the gym on Monday.
I just got out pointed. It's nothing against Daniel. You know, Daniel (had an) excellent game plan. Played it to a T. I just wish I had two more rounds. That's about it. Daniel won that night, he was the better guy. I'd definitely like to do a rematch. I'd fight anybody that I ever lost to.
On Cormier's move to Light Heavyweight: I don't really care unless he's fighting me. I don't keep up with Daniel.
Nelson certainly has a very different view of the fight than did UFC president Dana White who panned the performance following the event. Additionally, coming off a two fight losing streak, it doesn't make any sense for Cormier to rematch Nelson even if he weren't moving to Light Heavyweight for his next bout. The UFC has not yet announced what their plans will be for Nelson's next fight.