Most MMA fighters want to fight in the UFC. That’s where the lion’s share of the attention is focused on, and that’s where lion’s share of the money is. Now and again though, a fighter has no interest in competing in the big organization. The latest person to express that opinion is Bellator light heavyweight and recent Rizin tourney winner Muhammed Lawal. King Mo doesn’t believe he fits the mold of a UFC fighter: (transcribed by MMA Mania):
“Dawg, listen. I’m not a UFC fighter. I never will be. I don’t fit the mold. You know, I’m too much end work for them. You know what I’m saying? Straight up, I can’t play the game. Like, they do their thing, I do my thing. People there, they do great. I’m happy for them. They’re getting paid. I just can’t, it’s not me.
“I don’t feel comfortable. Even when I go to a fight, because of my people I’m there, I don’t feel comfortable in that environment. I don’t know what it is. I feel more at home with like, the Strikeforce and the Bellator feel, and even in Japan. It’s just different with the UFC.”
Lawal (19-4, 1 NC) doesn’t currently have a Bellator fight lined up, and it remains unclear if he’ll compete on the next Rizin card.
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