The former Strikeforce champion and Bellator 2013 Summer Series tournament winner Muhammed Lawal entered this fight with a pro record of 16-4-0 (69% ko/tko victory rate – he has never won via submission) and he is ranked as the No.13 light heavyweight in the world. He lost to Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson last year (=Rampage vs Lawal) but after this bout he has won four consecutive fights defeating Cheick Kongo (=Lawal vs Kongo) and Linton Vassell in 2015 (=Lawal vs Vassell).
His opponent, Brett McDermott, has an official mma record of 5-2-0 (80% ko/tko victory rate – he has never won via submission) and he has fought twice in 2015 as well: losing to Marcin Lazarz and winning over Pelu Adetola. Lawal vs McDermott is the quarterfinal of the 8-men Rizin FF tournament; undercard of Kazushi Sakuraba vs Shinya Aoki – Rizin FF 1 Saraba. Watch the video and rate this fight!
Event: Rizin FF 1 Saraba (Farewell) Fiesta
Where: Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan
Division: catchweight (220 lbs, 99.8 kg)
Rizin FF 1 fight card (main fights):
Kazushi Sakuraba vs Shinya Aoki
Satoshi Ishii vs Jiri Prochazka
Goran Reljic vs Vadim Nemkov
Teodoras Aukstuolis vs Bruno Henrique Cappelozza
Muhammed Lawal vs Brett McDermott
Lawal’s previous fight: Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal vs Linton Vassell
Lawal’s next fight: Muhammed Lawal vs Teodoras Aukstuolis
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