In an interview with ProMMAInsider.com on Friday afternoon, King Mo discussed a variety of topics, including his thoughts on the loss of Babalu in the first round of the Bellator light heavyweight tournament. Along with King Mo, Babalu was considered a heavy favorite to advance to the finals.
"Sad to see him lose like that, but that's the business. He needs to get some more fights and get some wins. I can't tell him what to do. All he has to do is get back, try to get back in the winners bracket and correct his mistakes," Mo said when asked for his thoughts on the surprising loss.
With the loss of Babalu as well as the other fighter with name recognition, Seth Petruzelli, in the first round, it would seem that there may be some added pressure on King Mo to perform when he takes to the cage next Thursday. However, if that is the case, he is not letting the pressure show.
"I don't think about no pressure. I have been competing my whole life. I guess everybody that talks about pressure doesn't compete that much. I have been competing my whole life. Since I was sixteen I competed. It is what t is."
While Mo may not feel the pressure, there is no doubt that Bellator and Spike TV do. There is little doubt they were banking on a Mo and Babalu final to draw in ratings for the organization. The loss of one half of the dream match up has to sting, but the loss of the biggest name competing under their banner would be devastating. It was apparent just how much they are depending on Mo when, following the night of fights, Spike debuted a special dedicated to King Mo and his arrival in Bellator.
The long anticipated return of King Mo is scheduled to take place next week at Bellator 86 in Thackerville, Okla. As he takes on Przemyslaw Mysiala in the final first round fight of the light heavyweight tournament, we will finally see if the confidence Mo has expressed is well deserved, or if the first round of upsets continues.