Former Bellator MMA light heavyweight champion Emanuel Newton is set to fight UFC veteran Phil Davis in the semifinals of a one-night, four-man tournament at Bellator MMA: Dynamite 1. In a recent interview with MMA Junkie.com, Newton spoke about wanting another title shot and his loss to Bellator MMA light heavyweight champion Liam McGeary.
Newton has felt what it’s like to be a champion and clearly wants to be champion again. Going into Bellator 142, he plans to face the winner of the Tito Ortiz – Liam McGeary light heavyweight championship bout that will main event this huge event for the promotion.
“(I want to face) whoever has the belt at that time. Whether it’s Tito or Liam, I know that I’m the best. I just have to put the time in. I can be lazy at times and put a little bit too much in the universe’s time instead of my own. I’m not going to have that problem again. I’m putting the training in right, put my mind right and go out there and get the victory.”
Newton looking ahead made him looked back on his loss to McGeary that ended his reign as champion.
“I should have kept it on the feet. I was a better striker. Obviously the takedowns weren’t hard to get, so I should have kept it on the feet and used takedowns to get some points. When he wanted to lay on the back, ‘Hey, get up.’ And the audience yells. I think that would have kept the belt around my waist.”
Bellator 142: Dynamite 1 takes place this Saturday night, September 19th at SAP Center in San Jose, California and the main card will air on Spike TV in prime time.