King Mo rematches Emanuel Newton for interim light heavyweight title at Bellator PPV event
By Mookie Alexander @mookiealexander on Aug 15 2013, 2:14p
With Attila Vegh injured, recent light heavyweight tournament winners Muhammed Lawal and Emanuel Newton will fight for the interim LHW championship on the November 2nd PPV.
Bellator's first venture into the PPV market has another title fight on the November 2nd card. Season 8 light heavyweight tournament winner Emanuel Newton, who shocked the world by knocking out Muhammed Lawal in the semifinals, was lined up to face champion Attila Vegh in the fall. King Mo, who won the 4 man tournament this summer, was due to fight the winner of Newton/Vegh. Today King Mo and Bellator confirmed that the rematch is on for the PPV card:
Bjorn Rebney revealed in an August 1st interview with The Examiner's Chad Cooper that Vegh was injured, and that a rematch was possible between Mo and Newton:
Is there a possibility of King Mo fighting Emanuel Newton again before getting a title shot against the champion Attila Vegh?
Conceptually. (Attila) Vegh was injured and we are still working through that with him. Emanuel is ready to go right now and I just spoke with Mo and he is fine.
Hence, this is for the interim belt and the winner will unify with Vegh in 2014.
Newton (21-7-1) was as high as a 10-to-1 underdog against King Mo when he knocked him out with a spinning backfist in the 1st round. The 29-year-old completed his unlikely run to the final with a decision win over Mikhail Zayats.
Lawal (11-2, 1 NC) breezed through the summer series "mini tournament" by knocking out Seth Petruzelli and stopping Jacob Noe in the final.
The Bellator PPV is headlined by Tito Ortiz vs. Quinton Jackson and accompanied by a rematch between Michael Chandler and Eddie Alvarez, this time for Chandler's lightweight title.