'King Mo' Lawal to Face Brett McDermott in Rizin FF Heavyweight Tournament
Rizin Fighting Federation’s heavyweight tournament is now complete,
as the promotion on Wednesday announced Brett
McDermott will face Muhammed
Lawal in the eight-man bracket on Dec. 29.
Lawal was initially slated to meet Mark
Godbeer in the tournament, but the British Association of Mixed
Martial Arts heavyweight king had to withdraw from the bout due to
injury. The first round of the bracket includes three other
Aukstuolis vs. Bruno
Ishii vs. Jiri
Prochazka; and Goran
Reljic vs. Vadim
A reserve bout between Valentin Moldovsky and Yuta Uchida
was also announced. The winner of the tournament, which concludes
on Dec. 31, will receive a $300,000 prize.
Rizin Fighting Federation takes place at the Saitama Super
Arena in Saitama, Japan, with the first day’s event headlined by a
clash between Kazushi
Sakuraba and Shinya
A four-time BAMMA veteran, McDermott enters the matchup with a 5-2
career mark. “The Spartan” last competed at BAMMA 23 on Nov. 14,
when he scored a first-round technical knockout of Pelu
Adetola. Lawal, meanwhile, has won his last four fights,
including a decision over Linton
Vassell at Bellator 142 on Sept. 19.
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