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Unrepentant King Mo says keeping hands low had nothing to do with KO loss

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Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal lost in the semi-final round of his first Bellator tournament last week but he tells an interviewer it had nothing to do with his habit of keeping his hands low.

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Last week at Bellator 90, Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal got knocked out by an Emanuel Newton spinning backfist that shocked everyone. Well everyone who hadn't already noticed Mo's habit of keeping his hands down at his waist.

Mo talked to Fight Hype in the aftermath and here's what he had to say:

"I have been here before and I bounced back from it, and I will do the same this time. I am going to work more on my defense with Jeff Mayweather and I'm going to go back to my roots and work with Kevin Jackson, and I think I will be just fine. Emanuel did what he had to do and he caught me," Lawal commented.

As far as the spinning backfist that put him out, Lawal said it was a shot he never even saw. "I didn't even see the shot. A lot of people saying that I was fighting cocky and with my hands down, but if you watch it, when he missed with his right hand, I threw a right hand and then he came with the spinning backfist," he explained. "So he kind of caught me in the act of punching, but no excuses, I'm good, and I will be back and hopefully I get to fight him again in the future. It was the first time I had been knocked out, and the good thing is I came to pretty quick. When I saw the ref standing over me, I just said, 'Damn!'"

Take a look at the gif below and decide for yourself:


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