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King Mo: Don’t credit Conor McGregor for bringing ‘moneyweight’ to MMA

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Conor McGregor might be reigniting the trend of jumping around weight classes. But he surely didn’t start it, according to Muhammed Lawal.

McGregor left the division where he is champion, featherweight, to fight Nate Diaz at welterweight last month. He’ll fight Diaz again at that weight at UFC 200 in July. McGregor and Diaz both made it clear they didn’t “give a f*ck” about weight classes and that was a major selling point of their fight, which could end up being the highest grossing of all time for the UFC.

“King Mo” has talked about being a “moneyweight” for years, competing at light heavyweight and heavyweight and even flirting with middleweight. He doesn’t think McGregor should get any love for starting the trend — and he doesn’t think he should, either.

“People want to credit Conor McGregor, how about guys like Din Thomas?” Lawal said at a Bellator media day Friday. “Din Thomas is the original moneyweight fighter. Sakuraba was the original moneyweight fight. Royce Gracie was the original moneyweight fighter. I’m a throwback fighter. These guys back then didn’t care about weight class.”

Lawal, 35, will meet Phil Davis in a light heavyweight feature bout in the main event of Bellator 154 on May 14 in San Jose. Over New Year’s week, “King Mo” won the Rizin Fighting Federation heavyweight grand prix tournament. And last year, he beat Cheick Kongo at heavyweight in Bellator and also won the Dynamite 205-pound tournament.

Lawal is hoping to face Bellator heavyweight champion Vitaly Minakov if he beats Davis next month. Then, he’d be down for a champion vs. champion bout against light heavyweight titleholder Liam McGeary. “King Mo” doesn’t fancy himself as any kind of pioneer, though.

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