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Newton (24-7-1 MMA, 7-1 BMMA) was on his bicycle for much of his first defense of the undisputed title as MMA vet Joey Beltran (15-11 MMA, 2-2 BMMA) chased him across the cage and threw flurries of punches that often found their target.
Then Newton turned the tide in a moment’s notice as Beltran walked straight into a spinning backfist that knocked him out cold and kept the belt stationary. It was deja vu for the 30-year-old champ, who delivered a career performance 10 months ago when he knocked out Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal with the same strike to win the interim title. (more…)
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Emanuel Newton (23-7) dropped “interim” from his title of light heavyweight champion, earning a split decision over Attila Vegh (29-5) to unify the belts.
Vegh was able to use his larger frame — and the cage — to control Newton in the first round, but his penchant of avoiding the ground was mostly ineffective after that, as Newton outmatched his stand up by landing leg kicks throughout and power shots in the later rounds.
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Bellator MMA light heavyweight champ Attila Vegh (29-4-2 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) and interim titleholder Emanuel Newton (22-7-1 MMA, 5-1 BMMA) will unify the belts on March 21 when they meet in the main event of Bellator 113, which takes place at Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kan.
Bellator officials recently announced the card, which also includes all four opening round matchups in the promotion’s Season 10 lightweight tournament with Patricky “Pitbull” Freire (11-5 MMA, 4-4 BMMA) vs. David Rickels (15-2 MMA, 9-2 BMMA), Rodrigo Cavalheiro (14-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) vs. Marcin Held (16-3 MMA, 5-2 BMMA), Derek Anderson (10-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) vs. Terry Etim (16-5 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) and Derek Campos (13-3 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) vs. Brandon Girtz (10-3 MMA, 3-1 BMMA).
As with all of Bellator’s Season 10 events, the night’s main card airs on Spike TV following prelims that stream on Spike.com.
The headlining contest serves as a rematch of the 2012 Summer Series tournament semifinal, in which Vegh earned a split decision over Newton. Vegh would go on to defeat Travis Wiuff in the tourney final and then downed Christian M’Pumbu to claim the Bellator light heavyweight title but has been on the shelf since and has yet to defend his belt.
“I’m ready to get back into the cage and defend my belt,” Vegh said. “Even though I won my last fight with Emanuel, I wasn’t happy with my performance. I was ready, but things just didn’t go the way I planned. We are both different fighters since then, and it’s going to be a great fight.”
Meanwhile, Newton bounced back from the loss to Vegh with a Season 8 tournament win. With Vegh sidelined by a dubious injury, Newton defeated Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal to claim an interim belt. Now the two titles will be unified.
“I’m ready for redemption,” Newton said. “I really wasn’t ready at the time in my career to be a champion. It wasn’t something physically, mentally and spiritually I was prepared for. I’m a totally different fighter now, and this is my time.”
The eight lightweight competitors will kick off the Season 10 tournament with a future shot at the title on the line. Current champ Eddie Alvarez and former champ Michael Chandler are expected to meet for a third time later this year.
With the announcement, the Bellator 113 lineup includes:
Attila Vegh vs. Emanuel Newton – Bellator MMA light heavyweight title unification bout
Patricky Freire vs. David Rickels – lightweight tournament opening round
Rodrigo Cavalheiro vs. Marcin Held – lightweight tournament opening round
Derek Anderson vs. Terry Etim – lightweight tournament opening round
Derek Campos vs. Brandon Girtz – lightweight tournament opening round
For more on Bellator 113, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.
LONG BEACH, Calif. — This time, “King Mo” Lawal was ready for Emanuel Newton’s spinning back fist.
Newton threw it three times during their Bellator interim light heavyweight title fight Saturday night, and all three times Lawal ducked and followed with a takedown.
Lawal didn’t appear ready for much else at Long Beach Arena, though. With a spinning kick-happy offense, Newton never let Lawal get untracked as he scored a unanimous-decision victory. The judges’ scores were 49-46 across the board.
“I can’t describe the feeling I have right now,” said Newton (22-7-1), who has won 10 of his past 11 fights.
Lawal, looking to avenge his spinning back-fist KO loss in February, had his strongest round in the first. Lawal’s wrestling was most effective during this round, as Newton scored multiple takedowns, including Newton’s first attempted backfist.
Newton, though, rebounded in the second round, and scored the biggest blow of the fight by connecting on a head kick, which knocked him to the mat.
Lawal got back to his feet, but his confidence looked questionable from that point on. Wary of Newton’s kicking onslaught, he stayed at distance and didn’t often get in close enough to attempt takedowns.
Both fighters slowed down noticeably during the championship rounds, but it was more of the same, with Newton keeping Lawal at distance with his kicks and Newton mostly sprawling Newton’s infrequent takedown attempts.
Newton (11-3, 1 NC) will next meet champion Attila Vegh to unify the titles.
“After dealing with King Mo, I’m ready for Atilla Vegh,” said Newton. “I’m bringing it to you baby.”
Over the past year, Fallon Fox has become one of the most talked-about fighters in the world. But on Saturday, Ashlee Evans-Smith put herself squarely into that conversation.
Evans-Smith (2-0) derailed the hype around Fox (3-1), a transgender fighter who has been at the height of controversy in MMA, with a third-round stoppage at Championship Fighting Alliance 12.
CFA 12 took place at BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Fla., with a main card that aired live on AXS TV.
For her big upset of Fox, who was nearly a 7-to-1 favorite in the fight, Evans-Smith won CFA’s women’s featherweight tournament and picked up a $20,000 bonus check for the TKO victory.
In the video above, check out the highlights of Evans-Smith’s upset, as well as the night’s other championship fights.
After a temporary delay, the finale of “Bellator MMA: Fight Master” has been rebooked.
Bellator officials announced on Friday that the welterweight showdown between Joe Riggs and Mike Bronzoulis will take place on the preliminary portion of the promotion’s Nov. 2 pay-per-view card. Riggs and Bronzoulis were originally scheduled to meet at Bellator 98, but “Diesel” suffered a partial orbital bone fracture and a detached retina in training to force the postponement of the fight.
Bellator’s first pay-per-view offering takes place at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif., and is headlined by a light heavyweight showdown between former UFC titlists Tito Ortiz and Quinton Jackson. The preliminary portion of the card, including Riggs-Bronzoulis, will air on Spike TV immediately prior.
A veteran of Strikeforce and the UFC, Riggs enters the contest riding a five-fight winning streak. The Lab MMA representative has a total of 53 fights as a professional and owns notable triumphs over Kendall Grove, Joe Doerksen, Chris Lytle, Nick Diaz and Phil Baroni, to name a few.
The 34-year-old Bronzoulis is a former 170-pound champion for the Texas-based Legacy Fighting Championship promotion. “The Greek” has finished 12 of his 15 career victories by way of knockout or submission.