The Universe Directs Emanuel Newton as He Heads into Bellator 130 Title Defense

October 23, 2014
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Current Bellator light-heavyweight champion Emanuel Newton is quick to point out that there is more going on with him than meets the eye.

On the surface it may appear that Newton is in control, but in truth, he puts himself in the hands of what’s inside him, and so far it’s working out well.

Since making his Bellator debut in 2012, Newton has won seven of eight fights, including his most recent, the first defense of his 205-pound title against Joey Beltran in September.

“I don’t really make my own decisions; my decisions are made by the universe and the protons and electrons in my body; so everything goes the way it is supposed to,” said Newton. “I got the victory and I will always get the victory, and that’s all that matters to me in the end.”

Newton was able to put an end to Beltran’s night with a maneuver he tried earlier in the fight, and felt he could land when the time was right.

“I was definitely looking for the spinning backfist,” Newton told

“I threw it a couple of times going forward and it landed once, but he blocked it, and he ducked the second one, so he knew I was throwing it moving forward. He was pushing the pace and I figured I’d set him up, counter him, and that one landed perfectly.”

Newton (24-7-1) will seek to defend his light-heavyweight title for a second time this Friday at Bellator 130 in Mulvane, Kan., when he takes on challenger Linton Vassell (14-3, 1NC).

“He’s a big, tough guy with good wrestling and striking,” said Newton of Vassell. “But this is my time, this is my belt, so it doesn’t matter what he brings. I’m going to be ready to dominate, to smash him, to finish him and keep the belt around my waist.”

For Newton, putting faith in the forces that shape him will lead him to continued success, so he’s just got to show up and fight, and good things will happen for him.

“I’m going to keep defending the title and whether I have six defenses or 10 defenses; it’s all the same,” said Newton. “I’ve always felt like a champion and I knew it was only a matter of time before the belt was around my waist and I would be beating all the comers that would step in the cage with me.

“Having the belt around my waist, I’m expecting tough opponents; guys who have good records and are on winning streaks to get to the championship; and I love the challenge. It makes me stronger mentally, physically, spiritually, and I plan on becoming a better man from every fight.”

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