Emanuel Newton

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Emanuel Newton
Born Emanuel Issac Newton[1]
(1984-01-02) January 2, 1984 (age 34)
Inglewood, California, United States
Other names The Hardcore Kid
The Big Homie
Nationality American
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)
Style Wrestling,
Fighting out of Norwalk, California, United States
Team Bodyshop MMA
Years active 2003–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 40
Wins 26
By knockout 4
By submission 10
By decision 12
Losses 13
By knockout 2
By submission 3
By decision 8
Draws 1
Other information
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.[2]


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.[3]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career: World Extreme Cagefighting and King of the Cage[edit]

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.[4]

Newton also fought for KOTC, obtaining a draw against the UFC veteran Hector Ramirez and a victory over the WEC veteran Richard Montoya.[5][6]

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.[3]

Maximum Fighting Championship title and Shark Fights[edit]

With a record of 10–3–1, Newton signed with MFC.

Newton faced former UFC fighter David Heath on his debut for the title shot of the Light Heavyweight division. He won via submission in the second round.[7]

Newton faced Roger Hollett for the title on December 5, 2008 at MFC 19. He won via unanimous decision and became the new MFC Light Heavyweight Champion.[8]

Newton faced Trevor Prangley on May 15, 2009 at MFC 21. He lost his title via unanimous decision.[9]

Newton also faced Ryan Jimmo, Dwayne Lewis, and Rodney Wallace on MFC. He lost his bout against Jimmo[10] and won his last two bouts for MFC.[11][12][13]

Newton was expected to face Ryan Jimmo again on April 8, 2011 at MFC 29 for the Light Heavyweight Championship. However, he was replaced by Zak Cummings due to injury.[14]

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.[15]

Bellator MMA[edit]

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.[16]

On July 20, 2012 at Bellator 72 in the semifinals of the tournament he faced Attila Végh. He lost via split decision.[17]

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.[18]

In the semifinals, Newton defeated former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Muhammed Lawal on February 21, 2013 at Bellator 90 via KO due to a spinning back fist.[19]

In the finals at Bellator 94, Newton faced Mikhail Zayats and won via unanimous decision.[20]

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.[21] 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.[22] 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.[23] He won the fight in the third round due to a spinning back fist, the second time he has landed in his Bellator career.

Newton next faced Linton Vassell on October 24, 2014 at Bellator 130.[24] He successfully defended his title, winning via rear naked choke submission in the fifth round.

For the third defense of his title, Newton faced Liam McGeary on February 27, 2015 in the main event at Bellator 134.[25] 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.[26]

Newton was a participant in Bellator's one-night Light Heavyweight tournament at Bellator MMA & Glory: Dynamite 1 on September 19, 2015.[27] He faced Phil Davis in the opening round and lost via submission.

Newton had a rematch with Linton Vassell on February 19, 2016 at Bellator 149.[28] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

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[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Emanuel Newton's profile Tapology.com
  2. ^ "Global-MMA Rankings (Outside UFC) - November 2014". www.global-mma.com. 
  3. ^ a b Fight Path: Shark Fights 17's Emanuel Newton survived 140-mph bike accident by Kyle Nagel (MMAjunkie.com) on July 14, 2011
  4. ^ WEC 11: Evolution review by Scott Newman (Sportsoratory.com) on August 10, 2007
  5. ^ King Of The Cage 58: Prime Time review by Scott Newman (Sportsoratory.com) on November 29, 2010
  6. ^ King of the Cage past events: Heavy Hitters Kingofthecage.com
  7. ^ Full MFC 18 Results – Emanuel Newton Submits David Heath by Keith Grienke (TopMMAnews.com) on September 26, 2008
  8. ^ MFC 19: "Long Time Coming" Results by Robert Sargent (MMArising.com) on December 5, 2008
  9. ^ MFC 21: Hard Knocks – live results by Jack Bratcher (ProMMAnow.com) on May 15, 2009
  10. ^ MFC 23 Results: Leites Tops Lister, MacDonald Edges Hutcherson by Justin (MMAFrenzy.com) on December 5, 2009
  11. ^ 'Hungry' Emanuel Newton eyeing redemption at MFC 25 MFC Staff (ProMMAnow.com) on April 25, 2010
  12. ^ Leites, Jimmo, Newton, Spratt victorious at MFC 25 Fightnetwork.com (May 8, 2010)
  13. ^ Emanuel Newton Replaces Injured Al-Hassan At MFC 28 Mmehfighter.com (February 8, 2011)
  14. ^ Emanuel Newton Out, Zak Cummings In Against Ryan Jimmo at MFC 29 MMAweekly.com (March 29, 2011)
  15. ^ Bellator 71 features light heavyweight tournament and Brett Rogers’ debut MMAweekly.com (June 13, 2012)
  16. ^ Bellator 71 results: Wiuff, Vegh, Newton, Carpenter advance to summer series semis by Steven Marrocco (MMAjunkie.com) on June 22, 2012
  17. ^ Bellator 72 results: fan reaction by David King (Yahoo.com) on July 20, 2012
  18. ^ Bellator 85 results: Chandler continues to shine by David King (Yahoo.com) on January 18, 2013
  19. ^ Bellator 90 results: Shamhalaev upsets Martinez, Newton KOs 'King Mo' Lawal MMAjunkie.com (February 21, 2013)
  20. ^ Bellator 94 results: Emanuel Newton, David Rickels claim tournament titles MMAjunkie.com (March 28, 2013)
  21. ^ 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. 
  22. ^ Staff (January 16, 2014). "Attila Vegh and Emanuel Newton unify titles at Bellator 113 on March 21". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  23. ^ "Emanuel Newton vs. Joey Beltran title fight headlines Bellator 124". mmafighting.com. August 5, 2014. 
  24. ^ MMAjunkie Staff (September 30, 2014). "Emanuel Newton headlines Bellator 130 in title tilt with Linton Vassell". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved October 1, 2014. 
  25. ^ "Bellator 134 Fight Card". bellator.com. 
  26. ^ mmajunkie.com. "Ex-Bellator champ Emanuel Newton fails marijuana test, suspended three months". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  27. ^ 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. 
  28. ^ "Bellator books Royce Gracie vs. Ken Shamrock 3, 'Kimbo' vs. 'Dada 5000' for Houston - MMAjunkie". MMAjunkie.