The last time Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal (pictured) saw Emanuel Newton, he wound up unconscious on the canvas. The next time fans see the light heavyweights inside the cage togehter again it will be on Bellator MMA’s debut in the pay-per-view pond.
The November 2 fight takes place inside Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California.
With reigning Bellator light heavyweight champion Attila Vegh sidelined with a shoulder injury, Lawal and Newton will now square off for the interim 205-pound crown. Lawal promises the rematch will be much different than their initial encounter.
“Listen, I’m going to be real honest about this. Emanuel is fake as hell,” Lawal stated. “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. Payback is bitch, Emanuel.”
Newton, who was a significant underdog in their first scrap and will likely be the same in the sequel, believes it will be déjà vu all over again.
“I’m not going to spout off and trash Mo, I don’t have to do that,” Newton stated. “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 2 Mo’s going to have to deal with another big loss on his record.”
Here is the card’s current lineup:
Emanuel Newton vs. Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal (For interim light heavyweight title)
Eddie Alvarez vs. Michael Chandler (Bellatr lightweight champion)
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Tito Ortiz