While we’re into all these new cross-promotional intrigues, why not entertain former Strikeforce champion Muhammed Lawal’s sincere request to fight former UFC champion Quinton Jackson in Japan?
Mo knows Jackson. He wants Jackson. Jackson wants Japan. Mo loves Japan. Jackson likes yen-to-American dollar conversion rates. Mo called Jackson an Uncle Tom for, amongst other things, hating on multi-syllabic words.
Talk about pulchritudinous. If all that doesn’t translate into something worthwhile, what does?
The gutters are about to start running over with Strikeforce’s best sloshing their way toward the UFC. It wouldn’t be surprising if Dec. 17 is the last big Strikeforce card, at least for things like “championship belts” being contested over. If Strikeforce becomes a feeder league, as some suspect it might, Lawal is already well past prospect level. If it folds completely, that doesn’t change the basic fact that King Mo exists (though Dana White has sort of disputed this).
Everybody knows that Strikeforce has become a foster home, and that the UFC is the mansion on the hill with all the spoiled children. Lawal, like others in the less desirable circumstance, wants to make his way over there and smack somebody in the mouth. What’s not to appreciate? And realistically, Lawal versus Jackson would be a fun fight both leading up and in actuality. Lawal would happily stand and bang with Jackson, and that’s all Jackson ever asked for. Somebody to throw “bungalows” with. That Lawal can wrestle only intensifies the settings.
We know that Jackson requested a fight with Mauricio Rua for the Feb. 26 card in Japan. Jackson probably forgot (or didn't care) that Rua has a fight lined up with Dan Henderson on Nov. 19. It’s possible that Rua loses to Henderson and a fight with Jackson looks attractive enough. But from a fetish standpoint of build-up -- the fight game’s bread and butter -- Rua is always polite and Lawal, to use his own words, likes to “keep things 100.” In fact, he’s already barking.
“This fool Rampage calls me out, and then people get mad when I respond?” he told MMA Fighting’s Ben Fowlkes. “[Jackson]’s a b---- in my eyes, because he didn’t respond. Maybe he’ll respond later, but the word is he wants to fight ‘Shogun.' That’s whatever. But he called me out, so I’m going to respond.”
Lawal’s contract is up in February. If he’s not on the December card, he won’t likely be fighting before then anyway. If it’s not Rua and Jackson in Japan, it should be Lawal and Jackson, two former champions who’d never allow things to be anything other than thoroughly entertaining.