Eddie Alvarez, Emanuel Newton win at Bellator 106

Emanuel Newton (AFP)

Emanuel Newton (AFP)

Neil Springer, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:24 AM ET

Emanuel (The Hardcore Kid) Newton proved the first fight wasn’t a fluke.

The unorthodox striker won a unanimous decision over Muhammed (King Mo) Lawal to claim the interim light-heavyweight belt in the co-main event of Bellator 106 in Long Beach, Calif., on Saturday.

It was clear Lawal aimed to utilize his stellar wrestling arsenal in the rematch. He found early success — hitting a series of takedowns in the first — but struggled to get Newton to the floor as the fight progressed.

In the second, Newton wobbled the former Strikeforce light-heavyweight titleholder with a high kick, but couldn’t put him away. Though he didn’t secure the finish, the strike put momentum firmly in Newton’s corner, as he spent the subsequent rounds picking Lawal apart and avoiding takedown attempts.

Lawal came alive in the fifth — opening a cut under Newton’s eye and hitting takedown — but it was too little, too late.

All three judges scored the bout 49-46 for Newton.


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