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

Sunday, November 03, 2013

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.