Muhammed Lawal will return to the Bellator cage on Feb. 21, when “King Mo” faces Emanuel Newton in a Season 8 light heavyweight tournament semifinal at Bellator 90.

Bellator announced the pairing Tuesday, revealing that the 205-pound contest will join the Spike TV broadcast alongside a featherweight headliner between Season 7 finalists Rad Martinez and Shahbulat Shamhalaev. Bellator 90 takes place at Maverik Center in Salt Lake City and marks the promotion’s inaugural trip to the state of Utah.

Lawal performed impressively in his Bellator debut last Thursday against Polish talent Przemyslaw Mysiala, finishing his opponent with a beautiful right hook just 3:52 into the first frame. Widely regarded as a heavy favorite to win Bellator’s Season 8 tournament, the former Strikeforce champion has tasted defeat just once in 10 pro outings and has stopped seven of his nine career victims by way of knockout.

Newton advanced to the tournament semifinals by submitting Atanas Djambazov with a second-round rear-naked choke on Jan. 17. This marks the Californian’s second run at capturing Bellator gold, as he was previously ousted in the Summer Series semis by eventual tournament winner Attila Vegh. A former Maximum Fighting Championship titlist, Newton has won seven of his last eight fights and owns eight submission victories to his credit in nine years of competition.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

Bellator 140: Michael 'Venom' Page vs. Rudy 'Bad News' Bears booked for July 17

  • 3 days ago
  • 0 views

The latest addition to Bellator MMA's "Lima vs. Koreshkov" event on July 17th is sterling striker Michael "Venom" Page taking on Strikeforce/Titan FC/Bellator veteran Rudy "Bad News" Bears. Following read news >>

Ken Shamrock, Kimbo Slice will have to pass out-of-competition drug tests before Bellator fight

  • 27 days ago
  • 30 views

A fight between Ken Shamrock and Kimbo Slice was scheduled for seven years ago and didn't happen. For it to go down this time, there will be some hurdles. Shamrock and Slice are set to meet in the ma read news >>

Jeremy Stephens vs. Dennis Bermudez booked for UFC 189

  • 27 days ago
  • 2 views

An already-stacked UFC 189 card will feature another bout between ranked fighters in the featherweight division. UFC 189 is slowly starting to fill out. We already know that the featherweight title i read news >>

Dennis Bermudez vs. Jeremy Stephens booked for UFC 189 in Las Vegas

  • 27 days ago
  • 0 views

The UFC’s summer blockbuster card in Las Vegas has its first non-title bout added to the bill. Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC read news >>

Race for New York! Bellator, like UFC, sets sights on a possible show at MSG

  • 27 days ago
  • 1 views

New York, New York. It's the city so nice that they named it twice. Actually, "Big Apple" residents usually get an (unfair) rap for being nasty and inconsiderate, but no one has been more rude in the read news >>

Alexander Gustafsson vs. Glover Teixeira Booked for UFC Fight Night 69

  • 28 days ago
  • 3 views

A huge light heavyweight bout between former contenders Alexander Gustafsson and Glover Teixeira has been booked for the upcoming UFC Fight Night 69 event. The news was first reported by Swedish MMA read news >>

Knuckle Up #372: Bellator 135, WSOF 19, Mendes v. Lamas + a genius breakdown of all of the above

  • 28 days ago
  • 1 views

Literary gunslinger Eugene S. Robinson lends his "one"-of-a-"kind" "perspective" to fights that we widely suspect you might have missed on the BELLATOR 135 and WSOF 19 cards, as well as a look ahead read news >>

Bellator 137 Event Page and Fight Card Rumors

  • 28 days ago
  • 5 views

Bellator 137: Halsey vs. Grove fight card rumors and start times for the May 15 event at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif. read news >>

Video: Watch the full Hideo Tokoro vs. L.C. Davis fight from Bellator 135

  • 29 days ago
  • 18 views

Watch a replay of the full fight between Hideo Tokoro and L.C. Davis from the Bellator 135 main card. During Friday night's Bellator 135 broadcast, a main card bout between Hideo Tokoro and L.C. Davi read news >>