Is His Rematch With Rampage Jackson a "Must-Win" for King Mo?

By: Buju

King Mo is unquestionably one of the biggest names to never fight for the UFC. He's won tournaments in both Bellator and Rizin, and captured gold by winning the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight title. Despite those accomplishments, how much of his legacy is riding on his rematch with Rampage Jackson on March 31 in Chicago?

Although he boasts a fairly impressive 20-6-1 NC record, the list of top talent that he's defeated is a short one. He beat Gegard Mousasi for the Strikeforce championship in 2010 for what is probably his highest profile win, but after that his most impressive wins were Roger Gracie, Seth Petruzelli and Cheick Kongo. The rest of the marquee matchups in his career ended with his opponent getting their hand raised. He's lost to Emmanuel Newton twice, one in a tournament semi-final and another for the interim Bellator Light Heavyweight Championship. He lost in his original fight with Rampage Jackson, albeit in a controversial decision. He dropped another unanimous decision to Phil Davis for a shot at Bellator's 205 lb crown, and was most recently finished by Mirko Cro Cop in Rizin's World Grand Prix. 

While a win over Rampage in 2017 isn't exactly a hall of fame level achievement, it isn't one you'd want to lose either. Although past his prime, Rampage is undoubtedly a legend in the sport and has rattled off 5 straight wins. For King Mo, a win in Chicago may be the difference between an impressive career and being known as a good fighter who was never quite good enough..

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