The situation surrounding Mo Lawal’s attempt at redemption against Emmanuel Newton is certainly a strange one. Lawal and Newton will be fighting for an interim title despite linear champion Attila Vegh being healthy enough to compete. Essentially, Bellator was hoping to capitalize off Lawal’s name value along with the buzz created by Newton’s beautiful spinning backfist finish of “King Mo” earlier this year. Unfortunately, they solid their champ and belt down the river to do so.
2013 has been an up-and-down year for Bellator, featuring highs like the company’s presence on Spike TV and lows including the fallout from Eddie Alvarez’s attempt to sign with the UFC. Initially set for PPV until headliner Tito Ortiz went down with injury, tomorrow night’s lineup for Bellator 106 is a perfect example of both sides of the coin. In addition to some pairings with favorable odds to entertain, the card has plenty of subplots worth paying attention to when things unfold Saturday in Long Beach. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)