Bellator 106: “King Mo” Lawal-Emanuel Newton II Booked, Lawal Says “I’m Going to Destroy This Guy”
By FCF Staff
Just days after Bellator announced that Eddie Alvarez is returning to the organization and will rematch Michael Chandler at its first pay-per-view event, the promotion has confirmed that “King Mo” Lawal will fight Emanuel Newton for a second time at the November 2nd card. Bellator 106 will be hosted by the Long Beach Convention Center in California, and will feature Tito Ortiz taking on fellow UFC vet “Rampage” Jackson in the main event.
Newton (21-7-1) KO’d Lawal with a spinning backfist at Bellator 90 in February, and went on to win the light-heavyweight tournament by scoring a UD win over Mikhail Zayats.
Lawal (11-2) returned to action at Bellator’s “Summer Series”, and won the promotion’s latest tournament by stopping Seth Petruzelli and Jacob Noe. The upcoming November 2nd bout will be to determine Bellator’s interim, 205 pound champion, as reigning champ Attila Vegh is recovering from a shoulder injury.
“Listen, I’m going to be real honest about this. Emanuel is fake as hell,” Lawal said in a press release from the promotion. “He runs his mouth about being a black skinhead or something, and likes to act real hard. He’s as hard as baby shit. 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.”
“I’m not going to spout off and trash Mo, I don’t have to do that,” Newton added “I know Mo is going to run his mouth and try to sell his game, but I don’t have anything to prove. I’m the one that knocked him out, and he’s the one that has to deal with that loss on his record, not me. I did it once, and I’m going to do it again, this time on an even bigger stage. History likes to repeat itself, and November 2nd Mo’s going to have to deal with another big loss on his record.”
Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney has relayed recently that the November 2nd, PPV card could feature several title fights, and that featherweight champion Pat Curran may compete.