Brandon Halsey and Emanuel Newton have been released by Bellator
— Jason Floyd (@Jason_Floyd) October 6, 2016
According to MMA reporter Jason Floyd, Bellator MMA has cut ties with two former champions in Brandon Halsey and Emanuel Newton.
No official comment from Bellator regarding the releases has been made.
Halsey (9-2) is a 30-year-old former middleweight champion who has dropped his last two. In June, he was submitted by John Salter. The Season 10 tournament winner lost to Rafael Carvalho for the vacant title last October after being stripped of it in May 2015 for missing weight.
Newton (26-11-1) is just 1-4 over his last five fights, with the two most recent taking place outside of Bellator. He lost the light heavyweight belt in 2015 to Liam McGeary and dropped consecutive fights to Phil Davis and Linton Vassell before submitting Matt Baker at Fight Night Medicine Hat in April.