Light Heavyweight Title Fight Between Emanuel Newton And Joey Beltran Headlines Bellator 124

August 5, 2014
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Bellator124posterBellator MMA will return to the state of Michigan for Bellator 124 from the Compuware Arena just outside of Detroit on Friday, September 12. The event will be headlined by a Light Heavyweight Title fight as reigning Bellator Champion Emanuel Newton will defend his belt against Joey Beltran.

The night will also feature the Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Final between Liam McGeary and Kelly Anundson, which will be the co-main event of the evening.

After defeating Attila Vegh at Bellator 113 and being named the undisputed Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion, Newton will put his title on the line against Beltran. With a tough opponent in Newton, Beltran doesn’t plan on putting his fate in the judge’s hands and is looking for the finish against Newton. Beltran is coming off of a submission victory against Vladimir Matyushenko and has recorded 13 of his 15 wins by finish with eight coming in the first round.

“I’ve been wanting to get back in the cage as soon as possible so I went to Scott Coker and he made this fight happen for me,” Newton said. “Beltran is a guy that always pushes the pace and looks for the finish, which plays into my style perfectly. I know he is coming off a nice win against Matyushenko, and has been in this game for a while, so I’m excited for the fight and another chance to defend my belt.”

“I’m jacked to get this shot against Newton,” Beltran said. “He’s a tough guy, but I’ve been in this sport for a while now and have fought some of the best. I’ve got some good momentum after my last fight, and were going to put on a show September 12th.”

Both looking to earn their first Bellator title shot, Liam McGeary will face Kelly Anundson in the Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Final. Ranked first for the most TKO/KO in the light heavyweight division, McGeary has recorded all five of his Bellator victories by first round finish and has only spent five minutes and eight seconds in the Bellator cage. Looking to maintain his perfect 8-0 professional record, McGeary will have to hold off Anundson, who is coming off of a strong TKO victory against Philipe Lins in the semifinal round. Anundson has won his previous six fights, five coming by knockout or submission.

More fights will be announced in the coming weeks.

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  • shakejunt

    coker may be a new face, but this is still bellator. gotta build newton’s brand i guess.

  • Timothy Malone

    Used to be you had to win a tournament to get a belt in Bellator, guaranteeing the contender had a win streak. Now we give title fights to guys just because their name was in the UFC once, even though in his last five Beltran is 1-3 and 1 NC due to him failing his drug test.

    Thanks Scott Coker.

    • Seth

      Well…that didn’t start now. Pat “Poster-Bi***” Curran got his title fight after getting his ass kicked. So it’s not like Beltran is first one to get title shot out of nowhere…

      For me bigger news is that Rampage is scared and doesn’t want to fight Newton, even with a win in the LHW tourney, which still gave him title shot…

      • Brooks1611

        Newton is his training partner…didnt want to fight because of that

        • Seth

          Which is bullshit. It’s fight buisness. I love Cerrone/Melvin fight. They showed that you can be friends outside the cage and still beat the f out of each other inside of it.

          • Brooks1611

            Well they are friends yes but Melvin is not with Jackson anymore. It’s easy for outsiders to say just fight it’s a business but realistically try to physically hurt a friend is hard.

          • Seth

            It sucks. WORST BS of all we have in MMA (scoring and mazzagati included). Think about all those awesome fight we missed because of that shit – Machida/Anderson, Cain/DC…and they would make s*** load of money on those :/

      • Timothy Malone

        Viacom was pressuring Rebney to drop the tournament structure at the end, but it still isn’t comparable that Curran got an automatic rematch after losing his belt in a decision (a belt he got after winning a tournament and beating the champ) and Beltran got a title shot after winning one fight after a losing streak.

        • Seth

          Whatever, Curran didn’t deserve that rematch. Neither Eddie or Pitbull got their rematches either – and Eddie’s fight was Fight Of The Year and Pitbull’s was WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY closer than Curran’s.

    • TheCerealKiller

      The tournament didn’t work, champs sat too long. If you had one injury, the whole thing was a wash anyways. Ranks are pretty much a tournament anyways and you don’t have to eliminate the next best guy from a title shot.

      But this, is a joke. I hope Joey wins so another Bellator champ looks like a chump.

  • Joe Cain

    Didn’t Rampage beat this dude, why not have Newton vs Rampage?