Emanuel Newton caught Muhammed Lawal and knocked him cold with a
spinning-back fist. | Jeff Sherwood/Sherdog.com
Shamhalaev has a flair for finishing inside the Bellator
The 29-year-old Russian scored a second-round knockout of Rad
Martinez in the Bellator
90 main event, disappointing a vocal pro-Martinez throng at the
Maverik Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, Thursday night. Referee
Jason Herzog stopped the bout 2:12 into the second stanza. It was
the third straight stoppage victory for Shamhalaev, who earned
$100,000 and a featherweight title shot against the Pat
Straus winner at a later date.
“I’d like to apologize to whoever’s mood I ruined today for
knocking him out,” Shamhalaev said of the West Jordan, Utah,
native. “I think I showed a pretty good fight with every one of my
opponents [in the 145-pound tournament]. I showed some good
striking and it was a great experience for me, but I’ve got a lot
more that you guys don’t know about.”
The first round was closely contested, as Shamhalaev attacked with
outside low kicks and sent Martinez tumbling to the floor with a
pair of counter left hooks. Martinez recovered quickly, however
,and controlled the second portion of the frame with top control
after securing a takedown.
The second period belonged to the “Assassin.” Shamhalaev hurt
Martinez with a head kick and continued to attack aggressively from
there. An powerful overhand right sent Martinez’s head bouncing off
the canvas, and the Red Fury Fight Team representative sealed the
deal with one final hammerfist on the floor.
Newton Shocks ‘King Mo’
Ever since he signed with the Chicago-based promotion, Muhammed
Lawal has had the Bellator hype machine firmly behind him. It
was all but a foregone conclusion that “King Mo” would plow through
the light heavyweight tournament field and eventually assume his
place as champion.
Newton had other ideas.
The fighter known as “The Hardcore Kid” shocked Lawal (9-2, 1-1
Bellator), knocking out the former Strikeforce champion with a
perfectly-timed spinning back fist 2:35 into the opening frame.
With the win, Newton (20-7-1, 3-1 Bellator) moves on to face
Zayats in Bellator’s Season 8 light heavyweight tournament
Newton held his own in the majority of exchanges, mixing kicks and
punches while Lawal, with his lead hand held low, was mostly
content to counter. The fatal exchange occurred when Lawal
attempted to counter a Newton overhand right with a right hook. His
guard down, Lawal crumbled slowly to the canvas once his opponent
struck the decisive blow.
“I saw that Mo dropped his hands a lot and coming with big
haymakers, so I figured I’d duck under it,” Newton said.
Lima Blasts Baker in Welterweight Semifinal
Lima needed only one punch.
The 25-year-old Brazilian knocked out Bryan Baker
with a crushing overhand right in their welterweight bout,
clinching his spot opposite Ben
Saunders in the finals of Bellator’s 170-pound tournament. The
end came 2:34 into the opening stanza.
“I was just timing it, looking to land the right hand. I’m just
glad everything worked out good,” said Lima, whose only defeat in
the promotion came at the hands of reigning welterweight king
Askren at Bellator 64.
The matchup began slowly, with Lima stalking his foe as Baker
circled on the outside. Lima attacked patiently with low kicks,
while “The Beast” offered virtually nothing in the way of offense
on his end. Shortly thereafter, “The Phenom” sent Baker tumbling to
the canvas with the massive right hand. He needed just one
follow-up punch before referee Jason Herzog intervened to halt the
Zayats Armbars Noe, Moves on to 205-Pound Tourney Finals
Zayats advanced to the finals of Bellator’s Season 8 light
heavyweight bracket, submitting Jacob Noe with
an armbar 3:38 into the opening frame.
The Russian sambo specialist dominated from start to finish. He
countered a Noe (11-2, 2-1 Bellator) leg kick with a stiff right
hand, dropping his foe to the canvas in the bout’s opening moments.
With Noe’s mouth bleeding from the shot, Zayats (21-6, 2-0
Bellator) methodically went to work from top position. The
Rusfighters Sport Club representative eventually passed from half
guard to full mount and punished Noe with a flurry of
When Noe attempted to escape from the bottom, Zayats was able to
secure the armbar, roll through and get the tapout almost
immediately. Zayats has now won seven straight fights overall,
finishing all but one of those victories by knockout, technical
knockout or submission.
Saunders Rocks Amaya; Advances to 170-Pound Finals
Saunders (16-5-2, 7-2 Bellator) blasted Raul Amaya
(11-2, 2-2 Bellator) with a head kick to earn a knockout at the
2:56 mark of round one to move on to the finals of Bellator’s
Season 8 welterweight tournament. In other action, Travis Marx
(20-4-1, 2-1 Bellator) captured a unanimous verdict (30-27, 30-27,
30-27) over Chase Beebe
(24-9-1, 2-2 Bellator) in a 137-pound catch-weight affair; Jesse
Juarez (19-8, 4-0 Bellator) took a hard-fought split decision
(30-27, 29-28, 28-29) against Jordan
Smith (17-5-1, 0-3 Bellator) at welterweight; Sean Powers
(7-3, 1-0 Bellator) submitted David Allred (11-5, 0-1 Bellator)
with a rear-naked choke at the 2:10 mark of round three in a
155-pound scrap; Lionel
Lanham (5-1, 1-0 Bellator) made short work of Joe
Rodriguez (1-1, 0-1 Bellator), earning a knockout 49 seconds
into round one of a middleweight bout.