— Josh Sánchez (@jnsanchez) December 29, 2016
Last night in the quarterfinal of the Rizin FF Grand Prix, MMA legend Mirko Cro Cop stepped into the ring with top ranked Bellator MMA fighter Muhammad ‘King Mo’ Lawal. While King Mo certainly had the advantage of being younger than the MMA legend, it was Cro Cop who emerged victorious.
In the second round, a failed takedown attempt saw King Mo forced up against the ropes, where Cro Cop managed to land a brutal uppercut to turn King Mo’s lights off.
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For Cro Cop, the win now marks his fifth straight win, with all of them being stoppage wins. The win streak includes winning the IGF championship, which Cro Cop then defended before returning to the UFC in 2015, where he avenged his UFC 70 loss to Gabriel Gonzaga. Following the win, Cro Cop failed a drug test for HGH, and was subsequently suspended by the NSAC and released by the UFC. After his release, Cro Cop was signed by Rizin FF, where he has won his last two fights as part of the Rizin Grand Prix.
For King Mo, he now finds himself in the unfamiliar loss column. After having an 8-fight win streak snapped earlier this year by Phil Davis at Bellator 154, King Mo bounced back by defeating Satoshi Ishii at Bellator 169. Unfortunately for the Tennessee native, with his loss to Cro Cop, he now finds himself 1-2 to close out the year.