Mighty Mo (kickboxer)
October 8, 1970
Pago Pago, American Samoa, United States
|Other names||Mighty Mo|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||120.2 kg (265 lb; 18 st 13 lb)|
|Fighting out of||San Bernardino, California|
|Team||Aguirre Fighting System|
|Years active||2003 - present (MMA)
2004 - present (Kickboxing)
|Professional boxing record|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Children||Mighty Mo Jr., Son|
|Boxing record from Boxrec|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Siala-Mou Siliga (born October 8, 1970), often billed as 'Mighty Mo' is an American kickboxer, boxer and mixed martial artist, who competed in the Heavyweight division of Bellator MMA. He is the K-1 World Grand Prix 2004 in Las Vegas II and the K-1 World Grand Prix 2007 in Hawaii tournament champion. In mixed martial arts, he has competed for K-1 Hero's, DREAM, and also participated in the Dynamite!! USA and Dynamite!! 2008 events.
Biography and career
Mighty Mo made his K-1 debut on February 15, 2004 at "K-1 Burning" event in Japan against Hiraku Hori. He knocked out Hori at 1:22 in 4th round by right hook. After losing in semifinals at his first 8-man tournament in Las Vegas against fellow American Dewey Cooper, Mighty Mo made a huge comeback four months later at the Battle of Bellagio II, winning his first K-1 GP Championship by knocking out Brecht Wallis in 2nd Round at the tournament finals.
After a year off from K-1, he made his comeback on March 4, 2007 at Yokohama, Japan. His opponent was Choi Hong-man (218 cm) from Korea who had never been knocked out before on his K-1 career until Mighty Mo (185 cm) managed to land his trademark right overhand punch, winning the fight by KO at 0:50 KO in 2nd round. At that time, he held the record for the "Biggest height difference wins (33cm)" resulting in a KO in favor of the shorter in K-1 history and possibly in kick-boxing as well as in boxing in history (Nicolai Valuev, 213 cm, is only 28 cm taller than Ruslan Chagaev - 185 cm). But on December 31, 2007, at the K-1 Dynamite Tournament in Osaka, the record was surpassed by Danish Karate fighter Nicholas Pettas (180 cm), who was able to KO the 217 cm Korean Kim Young-hyun (37 cm height difference).
On April 28, 2007, Mo entered the K-1 World GP 2007 in Hawaii tournament as a heavy favorite. He knocked out all three of his opponents and earned himself a spot in the K-1 World GP 2007 Elimination in Seoul, Korea.
On June 23, 2007, Mighty Mo lost to defending K-1 Super Heavyweight Champion Semmy Schilt by unanimous decision at the K-1 World GP in Amsterdam. Semmy used his reach to keep Mighty Mo at bay, and Mo was unable to get in close enough to land his devastating overhand right. Rumors surfaced that Mo was nursing a knee and hand injuries from his previous fights. He had fought 7 times in the last 4 months.
At the K-1 Final Eliminations 2007 on September 29, he faced Choi Hong-man again and lost by unanimous decision. During the fight, he was kicked in the groin and was inexplicably ruled a knockdown by the referee. He was quoted in the post-fight interview: "I feel I was robbed. I should have won. There was a lot of favoritism here. He must have picked up a new technique-a kick below the belt. So next time I'll wear a thicker cup. And next time I want to fight somewhere else."
Mighty Mo had replaced Andrei Arlovski at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2010 in Seoul Final 16 held in Seoul against Romanian Raul Catinas and won by unanimous decision. As a result, Mo was the only American to make it into to the K-1 World Grand Prix 2010 Final on December, 11th. His quarterfinal opponent was Peter Aerts who beat him via TKO in the first round.
As of October 2011 Mighty Mo is currently on a six fight losing streak in Kickboxing, all but one by Knockout.
He rematched Raul Cătinaş, the last man he was able to defeat, in a non-tournament bout at the SuperKombat World Grand Prix 2012 Final in Bucharest, Romania on December 22, 2012 and lost on a unanimous decision.
Mixed martial arts
Mo made his professional MMA debut in October 2003. He won his first three MMA fights all by knockout over a period of three and a half years.
Mo was originally supposed to face Mu Bae Choi in a MMA match at K-1 Dynamite!! USA on June 2 in Los Angeles, California. But Choi was replaced in the last minute by Ruben "Warpath" Villareal. Mighty Mo dominated Villareal, forcing the referee, Herb Dean, to stop the fight at 1:33 of the first round.
In 2013, Mo refocused his efforts on MMA and signed with Bellator MMA. He made his debut in September 2013 at Bellator 100 where he defeated Dan Charles by TKO. Mo returned just over a month later at Bellator 106 where he defeated Ron Sparks by submission.
In March 2014, Mo entered the Bellator Season 10 Heavyweight tournament. He faced fellow kickboxer Peter Graham in the opening round at Bellator 111 on March 7, 2014. Mo won the fight via submission in the third round. In the semifinals, Mo faced Russian fighter Alexander Volkov on April 11, 2014 at Bellator 116. He lost the fight via knockout in the first round.
Mo was released from the organization on August 25, 2014.
- 2007 K-1 World Grand Prix in Hawaii Champion
- 2004 K-1 World Grand Prix in Las Vegas II Champion
- U.A.G.F. Heavy Weight Champion
- North West Toughman Champion
- Superfight winner at Olympia Hero's 2007
- Superfight winner at Dynamite!! USA
2 wins (2 KO's), 1 loss
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest
15 wins (12 KOs), 19 loss
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|9 matches||6 wins||3 losses|
|Loss||6–3||Alexander Volkov||KO (head kick)||Bellator 116||April 11, 2014||1||2:44||Temecula, California, United States||Bellator Season 10 Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal|
|Win||6–2||Peter Graham||Submission (cobra choke)||Bellator 111||March 7, 2014||3||2:31||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States||Bellator Season 10 Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinal|
|Win||5–2||Ron Sparks||Submission (americana)||Bellator 105||October 25, 2013||1||2:52||Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States|
|Win||4–2||Dan Charles||TKO (punches)||Bellator 100||September 20, 2013||3||1:26||Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Loss||3–2||Josh Barnett||Submission (kimura)||Dream 13||March 22, 2010||1||4:41||Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan|
|Loss||3–1||Semmy Schilt||Submission (triangle choke)||Dynamite!! 2008||December 31, 2008||1||5:31||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Win||3–0||Ruben Villareal||TKO (punches)||Dynamite!! USA||June 2, 2007||1||1:33||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Win||2–0||Kim Min-Soo||KO (punch)||Hero's 8||March 12, 2007||1||2:37||Nagoya, Aichi, Japan|
|Win||1–0||Mark Smith||KO (knee to the body)||UAGF 4: Ultimate Cage Fighting||October 12, 2003||2||2:36||Upland, California, United States|
- "Mighty Mo second nationality". k-1.co.jp.
- Siala-Mou "Mighty Mo" Siliga, Sherdog
- "Fightfinder". K-1 USA. Retrieved 2007-04-12.
- "Mighty Mo and Hari Wins the Belt". Hawaiian Punch. Retrieved 2007-04-29.
- "K-1 Las Vegas 2007 Press Conference". fansofk1.com. Retrieved 2007-08-09.
- "Mighty Mo fights in the Final to feed his massive family". K-1. Retrieved 2010-12-14.
- WCK Muay Thai: Mighty Mo vs. Rick Roufus
- SuperKombat WGP Final 2012: Fight Card, Ustream PPV available
- SuperKombat WGP Final: Live Results, Watch Here
- "DYNAMITE! USA Still a Go, despite hiccups". mmaweekly.com. Retrieved 2007-05-31.
- "Bellator releases Attila Vegh, Shahbulat Shamhalaev and eleven other fighters". mmafighting.com. August 25, 2014.