Emanuel Newton showed that his knockout of Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal the first time they met was no fluke, earning a decision victory over him for the interim Bellator light heavyweight title Saturday at Bellator 106.
Newton stunned Lawal in the first meeting, landing a spinning back fist that floored the former Strikeforce champion.
This time around, the California fighter put on a display in striking for his home fans, and even avoided several takedowns by the world-class wrestler.
“I worked so hard for this,” said Newton, who appeared to have a mix reaction of shock and excitement when the scorecards were announced. “I can’t even describe the feeling.
“My striking had him wobbled on his feet a little bit.”
Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney made it official that Newton would face Attila Vegh in a fight to unify the titles sometime in 2014. Vegh previously defeated Newton in 2012 via split decision.
“After fighting Mo, Atilla ain’t got nothing for me,” Newton said. “I’m not gonna face another wrestler like that in MMA.”