Despite the loss of their main event, Bellator is going ahead with it first ever pay-per-view. Lightweight champion and former BodogFight star Eddie Alvarez had to pull out of his third fight with former champion Michael Chandler after receiving a concussion in training. Chandler will fight Will Brooks and the Quinton Rampage Jackson and Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal in the night’s main event.
People love Rampage, his antics, his look, his in cage skills that made him famous are a few years behind him but when he’s in the cage, you still get the feeling you might see some magic. King Mo, much like Jackson is a charismatic and skillful fighter while he’s not the household name Jackson is, he has the talent to be on top.
Is an aging Rampage and a fighter who’s toiled in second tier organizations enough to main event Bellator’s premier PPV, sadly the answer is no. Don’t get me wrong there are a ton of great fights to be see but shelling out $40+ dollars to see them is a lot ask.
Of course, if you have some bets on the fight that could change your mind on ordering the fight. Let’s look at the odds.
Bellator 120 Odds
Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal +200
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson -260
Jackson is currently a -260 favorite so MMA bettors will need to risk $260 for every $100 they want to win. But a bet on Lawal will pay bettors $200 for every $100 they’re willing to risk with their MMA bookmaker.
When the odds come out at first glance I was surprised to see Lawal as such a huge dog but the biggest factor is the level of competition he’s faced in his career. He doesn’t have a string of Pride or UFC wins against the top LHW in the world and he’s suffered a couple of losses along the way, albeit both to Emanuel Newton. Lawal is a hell of a wrestler but like many fighters, he’s fallen in love with striking. He thinks he’s better than he is on his feet. If Lawal turns this fight into a wrestling match, he can likely pull out the victor over the 35 year old Jackson but if he leaves wants to stand and bang, Rampage still has enough pop to turn his lights out.