|Born||Emanuel Issac Newton
January 2, 1984
Inglewood, California, United States
|Other names||The Hardcore Kid
The Big Homie
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)|
|Division||Light Heavyweight (205 lb)
Heavyweight (265 lb)
|Reach||75.0 in (191 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Norwalk, California, United States|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Emanuel Newton (born January 2, 1984) is an American mixed martial artist who competed in Bellator's Light Heavyweight division, where he is the former Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion. He has also competed for WEC, King of the Cage, International Fight League, and MFC. He is also a former MFC Light Heavyweight Champion.
Newton was born in Inglewood, California, and grew up in Torrance, California. Growing up, Newton had an interest in swimming, surfing, and lifeguarding. Newton's father had done some boxing and Muay Thai training, but died when Newton was 10 years old. Newton wrestled and played football, as a defensive end at North High School (Torrance, California). Then, six years later, Newton's mother died and Newton lost interest in his schoolwork. His poor grades did not allow him to continue playing football, but he had improved enough by the start of the wrestling season to continue in that sport. After high school, he went to Cerritos College, but began training with former UFC fighter Paul Herrera, who has also trained former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz.
Mixed martial arts career
Early career: World Extreme Cagefighting and King of the Cage
Newton started his MMA career in 2003. Despite having lost his first two bouts against Brian Ebersole and Tim McKenzie respectively, he has fought for WEC once on August 20, 2004 against André Mussi, getting then his first victory via unanimous decision after three rounds.
After his win over Jeff Quinlan in IFL, Newton celebrated by buying a motorcycle. Unfortunately, Newton was involved in a crash while driving at 152 miles per hour on a highway in California. He was hit by a car and fell onto the pavement at an estimated 140 mph. He had never broken any bones before but had broken his arm from this accident. He had to have five surgeries on his arm, and developed a staph infection. The infection was so bad that he was in danger of having the arm amputated. Fortunately, the infection died down but Newton received a space between two of the bones in his arm.
Maximum Fighting Championship title and Shark Fights
With a record of 10–3–1, Newton signed with MFC.
On his two bouts for Shark Fights, he defeated Ilir Latifi and Ricky Shivers. In late 2011 he defeated UFC and K-1 veteran James McSweeney for Superior Cage Combat and closing a sequence of five consecutive victories, he signed with Bellator.
Newton made his debut on June 22, 2012 at Bellator 71 against Roy Boughton in the quarterfinal match of Bellator 2012 Summer Series Light Heavyweight Tournament. He won via submission in the second round and advanced to the semifinals.
Newton faced Atanas Djambazov on January 17, 2013 at Bellator 85 in the quarterfinal match of Bellator Season Eight Light Heavyweight Tournament. He won via submission in the second round and advanced to the semifinals.
He was expected to face Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion Attila Végh on November 2, 2013 at Bellator 106. However, due to Vegh getting injured, Newton instead had a rematch against Muhammed Lawal for the Bellator Interim Light Heavyweight Championship. He won the fight via unanimous decision to become the Interim Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion.
Newton faced current Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion Attila Végh at Bellator 113 for a title unification bout on March 21, 2014. He won the fight via split decision to become the current unified Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion.
Newton made his first title defense against Joey Beltran on September 12, 2014 at Bellator 124. He won the fight in the third round due to a spinning back fist, the second time he has landed in his Bellator career.
For the third defense of his title, Newton faced Liam McGeary on February 27, 2015 in the main event at Bellator 134. He lost the back-and-forth fight via unanimous decision, during the course of the fight, Newton was nearly submitted in the first and third rounds with two triangle chokes, even being rocked at one point in the fourth round. Days after the fight, it was revealed that Newton had tested positive for Marijuana and was subsequently issued a three month suspension by the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulations.
Newton was a participant in Bellator's one-night Light Heavyweight tournament at Bellator MMA & Glory: Dynamite 1 on September 19, 2015. He faced Phil Davis in the opening round and lost via submission.
On October 5, 2016, Newton was released from Bellator.
Newton faced UFC veteran Nikita Krylov on October 13, 2017 at Fight Nights Global 77. He lost the fight via knockout in the first round.
Championships and accomplishments
- Bellator Fighting Championships
- Bellator Light Heavyweight World Championship (One time)
- Two successful title defenses
- Interim Bellator Light Heavyweight Championship (One time)
- Bellator Season Eight Light Heavyweight Tournament Winner
- Maximum Fighting Championship
- MFC Light Heavyweight Championship (One time)
- Gladiator Challenge
- GC Light Heavyweight Championship (One time)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|40 matches||26 wins||13 losses|
|Loss||26–13–1||Nikita Krylov||KO (knee)||Fight Nights Global 77: Krylov vs. Newton||October 13, 2017||1||0:43||Surgut, Russia|
|Loss||26–12–1||Artur Astakhov||Decision (unanimous)||Fight Nights Global 61: Aleksakhin vs. Enomoto||March 11, 2017||3||5:00||Bryansk, Russia|
|Loss||26–11–1||Evgeny Erokhin||Decision (unanimous)||League S-70: Plotforma 7th||August 21, 2016||3||5:00||Sochi, Krasnodar, Russia||Heavyweight bout.|
|Win||26–10–1||Matt Baker||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Fight Night 2: Medicine Hat||April 9, 2016||2||3:04||Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada|
|Loss||25–10–1||Linton Vassell||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 149||February 19, 2016||3||5:00||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Loss||25–9–1||Phil Davis||Submission (kimura)||Bellator 142: Dynamite 1||September 19, 2015||1||4:39||San Jose, California, United States||Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal.|
|Loss||25–8–1||Liam McGeary||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 134||February 27, 2015||5||5:00||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States||Lost the Bellator Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||25–7–1||Linton Vassell||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Bellator 130||October 24, 2014||5||0:47||Mulvane, Kansas, United States||Defended the Bellator Light Heavyweight World Championship.|
|Win||24–7–1||Joey Beltran||KO (spinning back fist)||Bellator 124||September 12, 2014||3||3:07||Plymouth Township, Michigan, United States||Defended the Bellator Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||23–7–1||Attila Végh||Decision (split)||Bellator 113||March 21, 2014||5||5:00||Mulvane, Kansas, United States||Won and unified the Bellator Light Heavyweight World Championship.|
|Win||22–7–1||Muhammed Lawal||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 106||November 2, 2013||5||5:00||Long Beach, California, United States||Won the Interim Bellator Light Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||21–7–1||Mikhail Zayats||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 94||March 28, 2013||3||5:00||Tampa, Florida, United States||Bellator Season Eight Light Heavyweight Tournament Final.|
|Win||20–7–1||Muhammed Lawal||KO (spinning back fist)||Bellator 90||February 21, 2013||1||2:35||West Valley City, Utah, United States||Bellator Season Eight Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal.|
|Win||19–7–1||Atanas Djambazov||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Bellator 85||January 17, 2013||2||2:21||Irvine, California, United States||Bellator Season Eight Light Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinal.|
|Loss||18–7–1||Attila Végh||Decision (split)||Bellator 72||July 20, 2012||3||5:00||Tampa, Florida, United States||Bellator 2012 Summer Series Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal.|
|Win||18–6–1||Roy Boughton||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Bellator 71||June 22, 2012||2||0:49||Chester, West Virginia, United States||Bellator 2012 Summer Series Light Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinal.|
|Win||17–6–1||James McSweeney||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Superior Cage Combat 3||November 4, 2011||1||4:25||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||16–6–1||Ricky Shivers||Decision (unanimous)||Shark Fights 18||August 19, 2011||3||5:00||Sparks, Nevada, United States|
|Win||15–6–1||Ilir Latifi||Decision (unanimous)||Shark Fights 17: Horwich vs. Rosholt 2||July 15, 2011||3||5:00||Frisco, Texas, United States|
|Win||14–6–1||Rodney Wallace||Submission (rear-naked choke)||MFC 28||February 25, 2011||2||4:34||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||13–6–1||Dwayne Lewis||Decision (unanimous)||MFC 25||May 7, 2010||3||5:00||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Loss||12–6–1||Ryan Jimmo||Decision (unanimous)||MFC 23||December 4, 2009||3||5:00||Enoch, Alberta, Canada|
|Loss||12–5–1||Raphael Davis||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Called Out MMA 1||August 15, 2009||2||N/A||Ontario, California, United States|
|Loss||12–4–1||Trevor Prangley||Decision (unanimous)||MFC 21||May 15, 2009||5||5:00||Enoch, Alberta, Canada||Lost MFC Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||12–3–1||Roger Hollett||Decision (unanimous)||MFC 19: Long Time Coming||December 5, 2008||5||5:00||Enoch, Alberta, Canada||Won MFC Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||11–3–1||David Heath||Submission (rear-naked choke)||MFC 18: Famous||September 26, 2008||2||4:42||Enoch, Alberta, Canada||MFC Light Heavyweight title eliminator.|
|Win||10–3–1||B.J. Lacy||Submission (rear-naked choke)||PureCombat 5: Hard Core||August 15, 2008||2||0:46||Visalia, California, United States|
|Win||9–3–1||Jeff Quinlan||Technical submission (arm-triangle choke)||IFL: Chicago||May 19, 2007||1||3:37||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||8–3–1||Marcos Rodriguez||Submission (armbar)||COF 6: It's On!||April 14, 2007||2||4:43||Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico|
|Win||7–3–1||Arthur César Jacintho||Decision||GC 59: St. Paddywack||March 17, 2007||3||5:00||Sacramento, California, United States|
|Win||6–3–1||Kyacey Uscola||TKO (punches)||GC 51: Madness at the Memorial||July 1, 2006||2||0:50||Sacramento, California, United States||Won vacant GC Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||5–3–1||Richard Montoya||Decision (unanimous)||KOTC: Heavy Hitters||April 2, 2006||3||5:00||Coarsegold, California, United States|
|Win||4–3–1||John Lansing||TKO (punches)||KOTC: Outlaws||January 21, 2006||1||1:04||Globe, Arizona, United States|
|Draw||3–3–1||Hector Ramirez||Draw||KOTC 58: Prime Time||August 5, 2005||2||5:00||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Win||3–3||Nate Ducharme||Decision||GC 36: Proving Grounds||April 9, 2005||2||5:00||Lakeport, California, United States|
|Loss||2–3||Mike van Arsdale||Submission (kimura)||MMA Mexico: Day 1||December 17, 2004||1||1:35||Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico|
|Win||2–2||Bryan Pardoe||Decision (unanimous)||Venom: First Strike||September 18, 2004||2||5:00||Huntington Beach, California, United States|
|Win||1–2||André Mussi||Decision (unanimous)||WEC 11||August 20, 2004||3||5:00||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Loss||0–2||Tim McKenzie||Decision (unanimous)||Rage on the River||April 17, 2004||3||3:00||Redding, California, United States|
|Loss||0–1||Brian Ebersole||TKO (punches)||CFM: Ultimate Fighting Mexico||November 15, 2003||4||N/A||Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico|
- Emanuel Newton's profile Tapology.com
- "Global-MMA Rankings (Outside UFC) - November 2014". www.global-mma.com.
- Fight Path: Shark Fights 17's Emanuel Newton survived 140-mph bike accident by Kyle Nagel (MMAjunkie.com) on July 14, 2011
- WEC 11: Evolution review by Scott Newman (Sportsoratory.com) on August 10, 2007
- King Of The Cage 58: Prime Time review by Scott Newman (Sportsoratory.com) on November 29, 2010
- King of the Cage past events: Heavy Hitters Kingofthecage.com
- Full MFC 18 Results – Emanuel Newton Submits David Heath by Keith Grienke (TopMMAnews.com) on September 26, 2008
- MFC 19: "Long Time Coming" Results by Robert Sargent (MMArising.com) on December 5, 2008
- MFC 21: Hard Knocks – live results by Jack Bratcher (ProMMAnow.com) on May 15, 2009
- MFC 23 Results: Leites Tops Lister, MacDonald Edges Hutcherson by Justin (MMAFrenzy.com) on December 5, 2009
- 'Hungry' Emanuel Newton eyeing redemption at MFC 25 MFC Staff (ProMMAnow.com) on April 25, 2010
- Leites, Jimmo, Newton, Spratt victorious at MFC 25 Fightnetwork.com (May 8, 2010)
- Emanuel Newton Replaces Injured Al-Hassan At MFC 28 Mmehfighter.com (February 8, 2011)
- Emanuel Newton Out, Zak Cummings In Against Ryan Jimmo at MFC 29 MMAweekly.com (March 29, 2011)
- Bellator 71 features light heavyweight tournament and Brett Rogers’ debut MMAweekly.com (June 13, 2012)
- Bellator 71 results: Wiuff, Vegh, Newton, Carpenter advance to summer series semis by Steven Marrocco (MMAjunkie.com) on June 22, 2012
- Bellator 72 results: fan reaction by David King (Yahoo.com) on July 20, 2012
- Bellator 85 results: Chandler continues to shine by David King (Yahoo.com) on January 18, 2013
- Bellator 90 results: Shamhalaev upsets Martinez, Newton KOs 'King Mo' Lawal MMAjunkie.com (February 21, 2013)
- Bellator 94 results: Emanuel Newton, David Rickels claim tournament titles MMAjunkie.com (March 28, 2013)
- MMAweekly.com staff (August 15, 2013). "King Mo and Emanuel Newton rematch for Bellator interim belt on Rampage vs. Tito PPV". MMAweekly.com. Retrieved August 26, 2013.
- Staff (January 16, 2014). "Attila Vegh and Emanuel Newton unify titles at Bellator 113 on March 21". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved January 16, 2014.
- "Emanuel Newton vs. Joey Beltran title fight headlines Bellator 124". mmafighting.com. August 5, 2014.
- MMAjunkie Staff (September 30, 2014). "Emanuel Newton headlines Bellator 130 in title tilt with Linton Vassell". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved October 1, 2014.
- "Bellator 134 Fight Card". bellator.com.
- mmajunkie.com. "Ex-Bellator champ Emanuel Newton fails marijuana test, suspended three months". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
- Michael Stets (2015-06-19). "Bellator 'Dynamite' to feature title fight, one-night light heavyweight tourney, and GLORY kickboxing in San Jose". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2015-08-06.
- "Bellator books Royce Gracie vs. Ken Shamrock 3, 'Kimbo' vs. 'Dada 5000' for Houston - MMAjunkie". MMAjunkie.