Emanuel Newton isn’t four rounds better than Muhammed Lawal. It’s not even a definite that Newton is better than Lawal period. Newton telegraphed multiple kicks and used the same combinations throughout the fight. Lawal beat Lawal on Saturday.
Lawal beat himself in the first round as he pressured Newton and held him down for the entire round. Though the effort looked good on television, it tired Lawal out. He just didn’t look the same for the rest fight after the first round.
It looked like Lawal took rounds two and three off to try and regain his energy. By the fourth round, Newton had established his distance and took control of the fight. Lawal could not get close enough to Newton to impose his will, and that’s why he lost the fight.
Now, Newton will go on to fight for the undisputed light heavyweight title and Lawal’s future is up in the air. There is no doubt that Lawal will be entered into the light heavyweight tournament again. His name is one of Bellator‘s best selling points right now, second to the organization’s champions, the resurgence of Cheick Kongo and Michael Chandler.
King Mo will find himself in the tournament finals again before long. The Bellator light heavyweight division isn’t too deep, and if Lawal commits to training like he should there aren’t many people who can beat him in Bellator.