Newton: I showed 1st win over Lawal was no fluke


When former NCAA Division I All-American wrestler and former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Muhammed Lawal entered Bellator, many fans expected him to sail through a tournament, and then in all likelihood take the league's title. However, anything can happen in MMA, which is why you have the fight.

When "King Mo" faced the relatively unheralded Emanuel Newton, this happened.


Many fans attributed the win to the unorthodox technique, characterising it as a fluke. When Newton's rematch with Lawal Saturday night went to decision, it demonstrated that the win was no fluke.

“In some parts of me, I’m glad it went all five, because that shows it wasn’t just a lucky, one-punch knockout and that I can compete with the toughest fighters in the world,” Newton told after his victory. “I got to show a lot of how my style is different. I don’t think there is anybody in the sport who has a style like mine. I’m able to be Bruce Lee-ish and throw a lot of side kicks, and I think that gets in my opponents’ heads.”

“[I wanted] to keep him on his toes and keep him thinking. I get into my opponents’ heads, because they don’t know what I’m going to throw next. I know I landed some good shots on him, even to the body. He said that I didn’t have him hurt, but I know there were a couple of times where I caught him. You can look in your opponent’s eyes and see that it was a good shot.”

“I’m glad it’s over, and I hope I don’t have to hear anymore trash talking. That’s not the kind of person I am, but knowing Mo and all his guys, I’m sure I’m going to hear more. I’m sure he’s going to climb back up to the top. He’s still the toughest light heavyweight in Bellator. I have a feeling I will see him again.”

Next up for Newton is a rematch with Bellator light heavyweight champion Attila Vegh, who decisioned “The Hardcore Kid” in the semifinals of the 2012 Summer Series tournament.

Newton being Bruce Leeish:

Bruce Lee being Bruce Leeish:

Lee might be able to kick a little higher, but like boards, Kareem Abdul Jabbar's on film don't hit back.


tags: Bellator   Emanuel Newton   Muhammed Lawal   King Mo   


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ssj site profile image  

11/5/13 1:12 AM by ssj

Pass on the message that they are douchelords

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11/4/13 8:56 PM by UGCTT_granite007

Everyone needs to chill      

MMA Playwright site profile image  

11/4/13 8:26 PM by MMA Playwright

"In my experience, Bellator MMA is fine with use of GIFs. In my experience, attorneys for the UFC not so fine with it."Attorneys for the UFC need to chill out. Legally, of course.

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11/4/13 7:37 PM by Keithadamberrydotcom

Great fight

KingofBJJ site profile image  

11/4/13 7:36 PM by KingofBJJ

Yup.  Either Newton is that good, or once again King didn't think he needed to train much.

Bay Area site profile image  

11/3/13 5:42 PM by Bay Area

Is that supposed to say former strike force light heavyweight wrestler? Maybe champion?

caposa site profile image  

11/3/13 4:33 PM by caposa

That lead leg high kick was freezing Mo in his tracks all night. Newton's style is so awkward.

liquidrob site profile image  

11/3/13 4:32 PM by liquidrob

People sleep on Newton, people just said he wasnt good after he beat Mo the first time to rip Mo even moreHe is tough, has weird angles, but guys who have watched him know he is a good fighter, he could already been the champ or fought M'Pumbu for the title instead of Vegh because most had him winning against Vegh the first timeGood for him

eXtv site profile image  

11/3/13 4:29 PM by eXtv

Newton is a good guy (or so he seems) and has an unorthodox style that I actually like to watch. Lots of motion, lots of kicks, very dynamic. Happy that he could silence the doubters last night.

TwentyNineTwentyEight site profile image  

11/3/13 4:27 PM by TwentyNineTwentyEight

Huge congrats to him. He seems like a great guy.