Emanuel “Hardcore Kid” Newton steps into the Bellator cage this Saturday night at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center in Long Beach, California to face off against Muhammed Lawal. The first time the two met in the cage, it was Newton who picked up the win via knockout in the first round, and if you ask Newton he will tell you he thought he would have to fight him again someday. Newton also says that if Lawal is expecting the same fighter, than he he is going to have a rough night on Saturday.
Newton told MMAWeekly:
“I’ve definitely grown a lot within these three fights. Before, I was a wrestler and a crazy kicker, but after the first fight, I changed coaches and became a better striker. The difference is night and day, especially with my boxing and footwork.”
“I had a feeling once that fight was done, they were wanting me to fight him again. He’s their golden boy. He’s on the side of all the trucks and was on the commercial (for the event). That’s fine. I know he’s their golden boy and that’s what Spike and Viacom wants, so I’m going to go out there and rain all over their parade again.”
“We all get better between fights, especially after a loss like that to the underdog when you’re an overwhelming favorite (as Lawal was). I have been in the cage with him already now and I know somewhat more what to expect with the way he moves on his feet and the range he likes to use on his punches.”
“Right now, I’m just focused on getting in the cage. It’s not so much about the fight itself, but just getting into the cage. Once I step in that cage, I’ll start thinking about the fight and after I knock him out again or win the majority of rounds, I’ll start thinking of what’s next. For right now I’m just thinking about fine tuning all my weapons, sharpening my tools, and getting in that cage and going to work.”
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