Atila Vegh and Emanual Newton to Meet at Bellator 113

Atila Vegh and Emanual Newton to Meet at Bellator 113

Bellator will return to Kansas this March with a light heavyweight championship unification match.

Bellator 113 is set for March 21 from Mulvane, Kansas and the Kansas Star Arena, with a planned main event between light heavyweight champion Attila Vegh and interim champion Emanuel Newton.

Vegh was sidelined for the remainder of 2013, allowing Newton to earn the interim title. He previously lost to Vegh in 2012.

“I’m ready for redemption,” Newton said. “I really wasn’t ready at the time in my career to be a champion. It wasn’t something physically, mentally, and spiritually I was prepared for. I’m a totally different fighter now, and this is my time. I’m training hard, continuing to grow, and this is it. Now is the time. I’ve got a new contract with Bellator, Bjorn and I are happy, I’m going to be here for a long time and I couldn’t be happier. This is my home, and I’m going to be champion.”

Vegh sports a career record of 29-4, is on a nine-fight win streak and is unbeaten with Bellator.

“I’m ready to get back into the cage, and defend my belt,” Vegh said. “Even though I won my last fight with Emanuel, I wasn’t happy with my performance in my last fight against Emanuel Newton. I was ready but things just didn’t go the way I planned. We are both different fighters since then, and it’s going to be a great fight.”

The remaining main card bouts will see the beginning of the lightweight tournament taking place. Fighters involved include Kansas’ own David Rickels, former finalist Marcin Held and Terry Etim.

“I am extremely excited to get back in the cage,” Rickels said. “I like to stay busy in the fight game and Bellator has done that for me. Pitbull is a great opponent for a war, and I am going to teach the Pitbull how to lay down.”

Bellator Light Heavyweight Championship
Attila Vegh (c) vs. Emanuel Newton (ic)

Bantamweight Lighweight Tournament Opener
David Rickels vs. Patricky Pitbull

Bantamweight Lighweight Tournament Opener
Marcin Held vs. Rodrigo Cavalheiro

Bantamweight Lighweight Tournament Opener
Terry Etim vs. Derek Anderson

Bantamweight Lighweight Tournament Opener
Brandon Girtz vs. Derek Campos