Bellator’s first dip into the PPV pool is starting to take form thanks to the addition of another bout headed to the event’s main card. According to an official press release, light heavyweight title-contender Muhammed Lawal will mix it up with Emanuel Newton in a rematch of a fight from February seeing “King Mo” KO’d thanks to a perfectly-placed Spinning Backfist. However, this time around an interim belt will be up for grabs. Both fighters were already in line for a crack at divisional gold after winning recent tournaments but will face off against each other instead as a means of allowing linear champion Attila Vegh to heal up from a shoulder injury.
“Listen, I’m going to be real honest about this. Emanuel is fake as hell,” said Lawal in an official statement. “He runs his mouth about being a black skinhead or something, and likes to act real hard. He’s as hard as baby sh*t. I’m going to destroy this guy. He landed a shot on me in our first fight, nothing more than that. I’m better than him in every facet of the game. I didn’t even shoot on him that first fight. I can take this fight anywhere I want it, and I will. It’s over. I’m taking that belt in Long Beach, bringing it back to Las Vegas, and no one is getting it back. Not Vegh, Not Rampage. Not Tito, not anyone. It’s mine. Payback is bitch, Emanuel.”
Lawal holds an overall record of 11-2 including past victories over Roger Gracie and Gegard Mousasi. He is currently on a two-fight winning streak including consecutive finishes of Jacob Noe and Seth Petruzelli.
The 21-7-1 Newton has eleven stoppages to his credit and has come out with his hand raised eight of the last nine times he’s taken to the cage. He was last seen outpointing Mikhail Zayats in March.
Bellator: Rampage vs. Tito is headlined by a bout between MMA legends Quinton Jackson and Tito Ortiz. Lightweight champion Michael Chandler is also scheduled to defend his belt on the card against returning veteran Eddie Alvarez.