King Mo, Bellantor 90, Emanuel Newto
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After losing a controversial decision to Rampage Jackson in May and cussing out then President Bjorn Rebney, it seemed King Mo (12-4, 1 NC) would rather be anywhere than back inside the Bellator cage. However, that’s all changed now that Rebney was given the axe, and Mo’s old boss from Strikeforce, Scott Coker, has taken the Bellator reins.

The 33-year-old former Strikeforce light heavyweight champ has extended his contract with Bellator in a new long-term deal. Mo commented in a statement released by the organization on Thursday:

“This was one of the easiest decisions I could have made. After everything that went down over the last six or seven months, I didn’t think this was something that would ever happen, but when Coker came on board with Bellator, everything changed. This is where I want to be. I don’t care who I fight, when it is, or where it is. I get paid to fight, and that’s what I’m going to do for Bellator. That’s it.”

Mo has gone 4-3 so far during his nearly two years with the company. His wins in Bellator include knockouts of Przemyslaw Mysiala, Seth Petruzelli and Jacob Noe, as well as a unanimous decision over Mikhail Zayats. His losses include Rampage, and twice to current 205-pound champ Emanuel Newton.

King Mo steps back in the cage on Sept. 5th when he faces UFC vet and knockout specialist Dustin Jacoby (10-3) at Bellator 123 live on Spike TV.

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