Seconds after tonight’s King Mo vs. Lorenz Larkin fight, I received a text from my cousin that read: ‘Riverside bell was rung, never paint a target on the side of your head for your opponent. Mo smashed him out!’ That’s pretty much the summary of the entire fight condensed in a three-line phone message. I should pay him for that, instead I’ll just steal it and not text him back. Swagger jacking 101, now I know how Rashad Evans feels.
I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed a fighter cradle his opponent’s head with one hand while he used the other to launch javelin missiles directly to his dome. In fact, it’s somewhat of a considerate thing to do. In an alternative universe, King Mo would get a $50,000 ‘Most Compassionate Fighter of the Night’ bonus to stick in his pocket after the fight — but unfortunately we do not reside in that world.
King Mo takes fighters that have won twelve out of their last twelve fights and devours them. There’s really not a lot you can say to a dude that used to hire a chick to hold an umbrella above him at the weigh-ins. Unfortunately, Strikeforce yanked King Mo’s schtick when the company was purchased by ZUFFA, so all we can do is pretend an invisible posse of fly girls walked out with him during tonight’s Strikeforce fight. Props to King Mo on pounding out an impressive second-round finish over an undefeated opponent.