It was a night of takedowns and heart as King Mo Lawal derailed the hype train that Gegard Mousasi had behind him to win the Strikeforce light heavyweight title.
The fight wasn't asthetically pleasing, but King Mo followed the blueprint that I thought he would to win the fight. He took Mousasi down repeatedly while staying decently active from the top position. Mousasi wasn't able to get off any type of submissions, but did do some damage from the bottom. However, it wasn't enough to get the win.
I think the turning point in the fight was Lawal looking gassed in the second round, only to survive that round and find his second wind to continue to pressure Mousasi with take downs and top control. The fight went pretty much as I had predicted, as I was pretty sure there was no way that Mousasi would be able to stop Lawal from taking the fight to the mat.
One interesting note was that Mousasi was deducted a point in the fourth round for an illegal upkick(I don't think it landed), but I don't think that had any influence on the judges scorecards. Lawal had down enough to win the fight even without the point deduction in my opinion. I do want to point out that the commentators were blantantly biased in favor of Mousasi. I know he was the current champion, but that was absolutely horrible.
King Mo Lawal is the new Strikeforce Light Heavyweight champion via Unanimous Decision.