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Following controversial decision defeat, Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal talks about judging in MMA

Last month at Bellator 154, Phil Davis won a controversial decision over Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal to secure a title shot against current Bellator light heavyweight champion Liam McGeary.

The judges scoring the fight for the California State Athletic Commission scored the fight 29-28, 30-27, and 30-27 for Davis. According to MMA Decisions, nearly all of the mixed martial arts media scored the fight for Lawal 29-28 and The MMA Report scored the fight 29-28 for Lawal.

In a recent interview with Pro Boxing Insider, Lawal gave his thoughts on the judges decision at Bellator 154, along with his thoughts on Rafael Carvalho retaining the Bellator middleweight title last week with a controversial split decision win over Melvin Manhoef at Bellator 155.

“I ain’t watched it, because I know what happened. Most people that contact me, people that even hate me,” Lawal explained. “Hit me up on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter say ‘Mo, you got robbed.’ Most of the MMA media say that I got robbed. People that I am close too, you got robbed. 29-28, 30-27 on his side is kind of ridiculous. I think when it comes to MMA, fighters should be able to chose the judges. We should be able to see who the judges are and who the options are. And get the most experience judges to judge the fight. Because now it’s getting to the point where things are getting ridiculous. My dog Melvin Manhoef fought the other night and he got robbed. Split decision? What the [expletive] was they watching? You just don’t know what these judges want. They should have better, younger judges that understand the game.”

Check out Lawal’s complete interview with Pro Boxing Insider, which also includes the Bellator light heavyweight talking about some bone chips he had removed from his elbow.