Lawal and Jackson are set to do battle in Southaven, Miss.. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Quinton Jackson and Muhammed Lawal now have a date for their Bellator Season 10 light heavyweight tournament final.
“Rampage” and “King Mo” will square off May 17 at the Landers Center in Southaven, Miss. The light heavyweight matchup marks the second bout added to Bellator’s first pay-per-view offering, which will be topped by a lightweight title rubber match pitting Eddie Alvarez against Michael Chandler.
A former UFC champion, Jackson joined Bellator last year, knocking out fellow Octagon veteran Joey Beltran this past September at Bellator 108. The 35-year-old then made his tournament debut last month, putting ex-champion Christian M’Pumbu to sleep with ground-and-pound at Bellator 110.
Lawal owns three times the Bellator experience of his upcoming opponent, having competed six times for the Viacom-owned promotion since signing with Bellator in January 2013. Lawal is a three-time tournament veteran, winning the organization’s last Summer Series before suffering a second defeat to Emanuel Newton, who also eliminated “King Mo” from the Season 8 draw. Like Jackson, Lawal most recently competed on Feb. 28, when he outpointed Mikhail Zayats to advance in the Season 10 tourney.