Newton: 'King Mo' was being cocky

by Steven Marroco |

At last Thursday's Bellator event, Emanual Newton shocked almost everyone, knocking out Muhammed 'King Mo' Lawal with a spinning backfist. Newton was a huge underdog to Lawal, who was actually a favorite to win the tournament. King Mo recently spoke to Fightline and claimed it wasn't cockiness that led to his loss, but Newton disagrees:

"I think it was cockiness more than anything," Newton told Radio ( "He was so – I'm not going to say full of himself – buthe in his mind, there was no way I was going to beat him."

Lawal had just finished throwing a right hand when Newton spun and hit him with a spinning backfist (watch it below). Lawal wound up in Newton's arms as he toppled to the mat, where the referee immediately stopped the bout.

"It's just a part of my arsenal," Newton said. "I throw the spinning backfist from an awkward position, like a retreating move."

Critics say Lawal wasn't defending himself properly throughout the bout and exposed himself to counters by keeping his hands low. Newton said the boxing-influenced style works for the ex-Strikeforce champ, but it was a bad fit for his taekwondo-inflected moves.

"The (Floyd) Mayweather style, I think that he's long, so I feel that it really works for him," he said. "But when we would exchange and he backed up, his hands were down. And I was even thinking, 'Man, I'm either going to throw a spinning backfist or a spinning hook kick, and it's going to land.' It just happened that the spinning backfist came first.

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Kerouac site profile image  

2/26/13 6:57 PM by Kerouac

same here

Ocean6 site profile image  

2/26/13 6:31 PM by Ocean6

Think Mo-hamed will go back to training MMA for MMA bouts?Or is the allure of being in Mo-ney Mayweather's personal posse more appealing to a social climber like Mo?

Forest Whitakers Lazy Eye site profile image  

2/26/13 5:18 PM by Forest Whitakers Lazy Eye

Anybody know what the odds were around fight time? Any knockout props? Just curious

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2/26/13 5:06 PM by I_Bungalo_Baboo_Babies

Fan of Newton, guy is humble and couldnt care less about the haters. War hardcore kid!

eXtv site profile image  

2/26/13 5:04 PM by eXtv

Newton's right. Mo massively overestimated his own striking ability in that fight and he paid for it. Here's hoping that he learns from his mistake and comes back better than ever.

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2/26/13 5:03 PM by Mix6APlix

Sky is blue, Grass is green.

Big Pun site profile image  

2/26/13 5:02 PM by Big Pun

Newton pushed Mo's bitch button

alvo69 site profile image  

2/26/13 4:57 PM by alvo69

I was yelling "Holy Shit that was AWESOME" when he landed that. I'm really glad Emanual won, his life story was moving and he's obviously overcome a great deal and worked very hard for his opportunities. I'm now a BIG fan, go git 'em!

GriffinQ site profile image  

2/26/13 4:57 PM by GriffinQ

Same here

Immaculata site profile image  

2/26/13 4:31 PM by Immaculata

That made my Thursday.