Bellator MMA’s Saturday night action rolled along to the Bellator 106 co-main event featuring at Bellator MMA interim light heavyweight title fight between Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal and Emanuel Newton. In the end, Newton would prove the first bout was not a fluke with a solid display tonight in Long Beach, California.
Newton Edges Lawal in Rematch
Their first fight was one of the more shocking upsets of 2013 but the rematch proved that was no fluke as Emanuel Newton defeated Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal for the interim light heavyweight title tonight in his home town. The story of the fight was the Newton’s ability to fend off the majority of the takedowns from Lawal and his ability to use his range to out-point “King Mo.” The fight’s only thrilling moment came off a Newton headkick that nearly finished King Mo but the rest of the fight was largely unentertaining.
Newton is now the interim light heavyweight champion and he will face Bellator light heavyweight champion Attila Vegh to try and unify the title in 2014. Newton has won four straight since losing to Vegh in the 2012 Summer Series semifinal via a contentious split decision.
Rd. 1- Herb Dean is tonight’s referee. Newton looking to kick early on with legkicks. Mo’s hands are very high compared to last time. Mo stalks him to the cage and shoots a tenacious double leg before getting the takedown. Mo has Newton’s back as Newton tries to fight hands and stand. Mo traps Newton’s wrist and he is using it to land solid lefts. Mo has Newton back down now. Mo is landing solid rights as Newton finally separates and starts to pressure. Newton with a low blow and we’re back after a quick break. Mo times Newton’s spinning backfist to land a driving double. Hard shots by Mo as Newton works back to the cage. Hard knee to the chest as Newton stands. Mo blocks a combo from Newton. Newton’s punches are being blocked by Mo’s boxing guard and Mo lands a nice jab as Newton rushes. Mo taunts Newton as the round ends and Newton rushes recklessly. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Lawal.
Rd. 2- Mo working his jab more. Headkick by Newton is blocked. Body kick by Newton lands. Nasty jabs and left hook by Mo stagger Newton briefly. Jab from Newton lands. Snatch single to the cage by Mo and he throws a big knee in the clinch. Mo drops to a single and uses a perfectly executed lift to get the takedown and he quickly has side control. Newton manages to scramble up and he lands a flush headkick. Mo shoots to survive and he does but Newton stuffs it. Mo seems to have shaken it off and he lands a a jab before evading a Newton wheelkick. Mo lands to the body but Newton lands another body shot of his own. Jab by Newton and he just misses a killer right. MMFrenzy has it 10-9 Newton (19-19).
Rd. 3- Newton rushes but Mo blocks it. Nice left for Mo and he goes to the body too. Legkick by Newton and he lands another one. Good overhand right by Newton. Mo with a nice jab and Newton telegraphs another spinning attack. Nice swarm by Mo as he lands some hard shots. Newton’s nose is busted up now. Jab by Mo as Newton misses another kick. Spinning backick to the thigh by Newton and Mo lands a shot to the body of his own. Jabs by Mo are starting to land and Newton lands a backkick to the body. Nice left hook by Mo counters a right from Newton. Mo stalks him to the cage and lands to the body before missing a takedown. Mo back in on a takedown as Newton grabs a weak guillotine. Mo bails on the shot and lands a solid strike. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Newton (29-28).
Rd. 4- Newton’s legkick is checked but he lands a body kick. Jab by Newton but he misses the wheel kick. Body kick by Newton. Nice 1-2 by Mo but he doesn’t follow up. Newton misses a huge combo. Newton is going more karate style now as his hands are down. Mo with a stiff jab. Mo ducks a spinning backfist but he slips off Newton and the same is true of the second takedown attempt. Mo finally gets the double leg but Newton fights wrists and stands. Mo ducks the spinning backfist but doesn’t do much with it. Jab by Mo but he misses the follow up. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Lawal in a close round (38-38).
Rd. 5- Wicked right hook by Mo catches Newton but Newton is still more active. Nice right by Newton lands but then Mo lands a big counter right. Newton is now bleeding below the right eye and nose. Jab by Newton. Mo ducks a wheel kick and uses it to take Newton’s back but he cannot get him down. Newton is being very active but is missing alot. Mo lands a big right on a swarm. Big counter swarm and he lands some shots. Newton with a combo of his own. Hard exchange that Mo wins. Body shot by Mo is answered by a side kick to the thigh. Mo with the takedown with just over 0:30 left. Newton works back up and tries a takedown of his own. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Lawal (48-47) but it can go either way.
Emanuel Newton def. Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal via unanimous decision (49-46,49-46,49-46)