Things got heated between Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal and Tito Ortiz at a Bellator fan fest in Houston earlier today. Ortiz, who won the UFC light heavyweight title in 2000 and defended it five times before being dethroned by Randy Couture, was confronted by Lawal at the expo.
Bleacher Report's Jeremy Botter recorded the confrontation and uploaded it to YouTube and. And, whilst the audio is unclear, the two light heavyweights exchange a volley of insults. "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" remained calm throughout the staredown and mocked Mo's accomplishments. "No one knows who you are; no one cares," Ortiz said at one point. Lawal returned fire aggressively and threatened to "f--k" Tito up.
Ortiz announced his retirement from the sport after losing to Forrest Griffin in 2012 but returned to action two years later in Bellator MMA. The 41-year-old earned wins over Alexander Schlemenko and Stephan Bonnar before being submitted by British champion, Liam McGeary, last year.
Lawal is currently riding a 7-fight win streak and last fought at the Rizin FF New Year's extravaganza. The former Strikeforce LHW champ won the heavyweight Grand Prix by knocking out Jiri Prochazka in the final.
Bellator 149, which features a matchup between Ken Shamrock and Royce Gracie in the main event, takes place later tonight at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.