And the other thing I just wanted to point out is, you know, just say about this deal is that one of the things I love about is because Mo's on both franchises, you know, he will be on Spike all the time.
I mean, that is literally like, you know, 40, 45, 50 weeks a year Mo's on Spike. He's on IMPACT when he's not on Bellator. He's on Bellator when he's not on IMPACT and we have a lot of other plans to promote him and do - and use the power of Spike and Spike brand, you know, to promote his brand.
So, you know, I don't know that there's a fighter out there in all of MMA or a wrestler out there - well actually TNA's on 52 weeks a year. But I don't think that there's another MMA fighter out there that's going to get this kind of exposure. I'm sure of it actually.
Ariel Helwani: Right. Thanks guys and congrats Mo.
Muhammed Lawal: Thanks. Thanks.
Operator: We'll take our next question from Ken Pishna with mmaweekly.com.
Ken Pishna: Hi guys. Bjorn, I had a question for you about - have you - do you have any other fighters that have expressed interest in doing the same sort of deal that Mo has, or have you fielded that with anybody besides Mo?
Bjorn Rebney: You know, it's - that's a great question. I mean, a lot of - Dixie and I have had this conversation now for some time, and it just - like we talked about when we kicked this off it takes a real special fit to do this, because in order for it to really work and work well the fighter's got to be a world-class fighter in mixed martial arts.
And, you know, and have to have the ability based on a wrestling background and a personality to transcend and be able to, you know, kind of achieve excellence inside the IMPACT ring as well.
So it's not something for everyone and Mo is that very, very unique fit. I mean, I think if any of us look back a year ago or a year and a half ago and you would've been sitting around the table with MMA fans that knew wrestling and said, "Who's the one guy who could conceptually do this?
Who's the one personality that we know out there in this space who could do this?" you know, the first guy to come to your lips would be King Mo. So it - while there have been some people that have expressed interest, I mean, you know, we had Joe Warren on IMPACT doing commentary and having fun not that long ago.
But in terms of a guy to really be able to live in both realms and to be able to potentially be a king to rule both realms, this is the guy.
Dixie Carter: It was asked earlier too about, you know, how would MMA fans take this. And I think for a long time I was - the talk was for me to have a wrestler that would go and start fighting.
But I think the reason this is going to be successful is Mo has already established himself as one of the top fighters in the MMA world. You know, there's no questioning that.
And so he'll make the transition to our world versus taking somebody from our world and making that transition as the first person to ever conquer this. So I think that it's so legit from where he stands from the MMA world. I just think it's perfect.
Ken Pishna: Yes. I know both of these guys are currently under contract elsewhere, but guys like Quinton Jackson come to mind and Josh Barnett who are both fighters who, you know, Quinton's obviously going to - he says he's going to be leaving the UFC as soon as his contract is up.
And, you know, Josh Barnett is a guy who's played both the MMA world and the pro wrestling world before. Are fighters like that guy that if they become available you would pursue?
Bjorn Rebney: No. I mean, look. I think our focus is really...
Dixie Carter: King Mo.
Bjorn Rebney: ...King Mo. I mean, look. It's just - it's like we said. It's - there was a lot of concentration that went into this because as Dixie said, you know, Bellator stands for a certain level of purity and a certain level of objectivity in the MMA world.
You know, you earn your title shots here. There's no theatrics behind it. There's no, you know, wizard behind a curtain deciding who fights who for what and when based on how we think we can sell pay-per-views or the like.
It's literally completely objective real sport so to integrate somebody into both of those worlds, like Dixie said you had to find somebody who had world-class ability as a mixed martial artist and transition them into the professional wrestling world.
And it just so happened we found somebody who, you know, used to watch Sting 15 years ago wrestle and was a die hard fan of the sport, and can quote you events that happened that are from organizations that don't even exist anymore, so that's where it really came from. So our focus is, you know, is King Mo and King Mo and King Mo.
Ken Pishna: And then one quick question for Mo. Do you have any concerns? I mean, obviously you've overcome a lot of the concerns if you have them but are - is there a concern from your perspective of how to train properly for fights and wrestling at the same time because, you know, most guys that are training that are just mixed martial artists are training every day, you know, five, six days a week just to be successful in that realm? Do you - how hard do you think it's going to be balance both of them?
Muhammed Lawal: I don't think it's going to be that hard at all because, you know, you got some guys like - that do other things as well as train MMA. And on top of that it's not like when I go to - when I go travel I can't bring a coach with me to hold mitts for me or bring a Jujitsu guy to grapple with after I'm done doing what I got to do. You know, it's not that hard at all. I'll make it work.
Dixie Carter: Well can I say it's going to be hard but you have the ability to do it.
Muhammed Lawal: Yes. Yes.
Dixie Carter: Not everybody could say that.
Muhammed Lawal: You know, I want to do this so that's why to me, you know, I'm ready.
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