Interview: King Mo talks about life and Bellator 123

King Mo, Bellantor 90, Emanuel Newto reporter Susan Cingari sits down with Bellator fighter King Mo as he gets ready to fight his new opponent at Bellator 123, Dustin Jacoby. In this revealing and intimate portrait we meet the real KING MO as Muhammed “KING MO” Lawal talks about what it was like for him to be raised by a single mom … Read more

Bellator 110 LIVE results and play by play

ProMMAnow is live on scene at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. for tonight’s Bellator 110 action. The main card will featured five tournament battles including three in the featherweight division as well as two in the light heavyweight category.

“Strikeforce: Evolution” recap: Melendez reclaims lightweight title, Smith stuns Le, and “King Mo” KO’s Whitehead

Photo: Sherdog - "Hands of Steel" is a perfect nickname, but "Cardiac Kid" would work too.

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Josh Thomson and Gilbert Melendez are no strangers to each other or five round wars. Another five round battle was in the cards for tonight’s “Strikeforce: Evolution” lightweight title bout, with both fighters throwing everything but the kitchen sink at each other as the bell sounded on the fifth and final round.

This time around, it was Gilbert Melendez that dominated the fight scoring a unanimous decision victory to regain the title that he lost to Thomson back in 2008.

Melendez (17-2) used his jab, often doubling up with it, to control the pace of the fight and utilized a stifling attack on his feet, dropping Thomson in the second and fifth rounds of the fight. Thomson battled back each time he found himself on his back, scrambling to his feet to stand in the pocket and trade bombs with “El Nino.” Melendez employed a very effective left hand, leg kick combo to set the pace in the later rounds, but both fighters were ineffective in their take down attempts.

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Josh Thomson and Gilbert Melendez to square off for undisputed Strikeforce Lightweight Championship Dec. 19

Strikeforce Evolution - Dec. 19

After twice being forced out of the highly-anticipated rematch due to injuries, STRIKEFORCE World Lightweight (155 pound) Champion Josh “The Punk” Thomson (16-2) is healthy and ready to defend his title against top-seeded mixed martial arts (MMA) rival and Interim Champion Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez (16-2) on Saturday, Dec. 19 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.

Thomson, who captured the lightweight championship by earning a five round, unanimous decision over Melendez in the main event at HP Pavilion on June 27, 2008, has not seen action since September 20, 2008 when it took him a mere 1 minute and 14 seconds to demolish Ashe “The Archer” Bowman during STRIKEFORCE’s second event at the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Shortly after undergoing surgery for a broken fibula in his left ankle earlier this year, Thomson sustained a break in the bone located above the original injury.  He suffered yet another setback after the bone broke a second time.

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