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Lawal-Newton, Martinez-Shamhalaev to headline Bellator 90 on February 21

Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal. Photo courtesy of Bellator MMA.

Former Strikeforce champion Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal will collide with fellow wrestler Emanuel Newton in a light heavyweight tourmament semifinal bout and upstart Rad Martinez will face Shahbulat Shamhalaev in the finals of the season 7 featherweight tourney at Bellator 90 on February 21.

Bellator announced the pairings in a press release to the media on Tuesday afternoon. 

The event emanates from the Maverik Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Like other Bellator events, the show's main card will air starting at 10 PM ET on Spike while the preliminary portion of bouts will stream live on Spike.com starting at 8 PM ET.

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Rosholt Avenges Loss to Horwich, Rodriguez Wins Again at Shark Fights 17

Jake Rosholt. Photo courtesy of Team Takedown.

Three-time NCAA wrestling champion Jake Rosholt avenged a November 2010 defeat to former IFL middleweight title holder Matt Horwich, besting him over three rounds in the main event of Shark Fights 17 on Saturday night in Frisco, Texas.

Rosholt has now won six of his eight fights following his release from the UFC, with the two blemishes being a no-contest with John Ott and third-round TKO loss to Horwich that has now been avenged.

Former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez extended his winning streak to twelve straight victories, picking up a quick submission win over a familiar opponent in Doug Williams, who was a last-minute replacement for Karl Knothe.

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Prangley, Lashley Victorious at “Hard Knocks”


Trevor Prangley. Photo by Jon Swenson. Used with permission.

Veteran Trevor Prangley outlasted defending champion Emanuel Newton to take a five-round unanimous decision and the MFC world light heavyweight championship at MFC 21: Hard Knocks Friday night at the River Cree Resort and Casino just outside Edmonton, Alberta.

After a weathering an early storm and appearing to be out of gas, Prangley (20-5) picked up the pace after three rounds and began to wear down Newton (11-4-1) with crisper strikes and kicks. By the time the fifth round came around, both of Newton’s eyes were half-closed due to precise shots and the effects of well-placed bodyshots from punches, knees, and kicks had taken their toll on Newton.

The fight’s most compelling moment came with one second remaining in the fifth round as Prangley clipped Newton with a punch combo and then connected point-blank with a crushing high kick that caught Newton square on the chin. Both fighters went down in a heap – Newton from the blast and Prangley from a bruised foot – as referee “Big” John McCarthy jumped in with the horn blowing. The sold-out crowd at The Venue at River Cree gave both fighters a standing ovation for their impressive performances.

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MFC Announces Full Card for “Hard Knocks”


Trevor Prangley. Photo by Jon Swenson. Used with permission.

The Edmonton-based Maximum Fighting Championship has released the complete card for MFC 21: “Hard Knocks”, which will take place on May 15 at the River Cree Resort & Casino.

The show’s main event will feature UFC and Strikeforce veteran Trevor Prangley returning to action to challenge Emanuel Newton for his MFC light heavyweight title. Former WWE superstar Bobby Lashley will also battle California product Mike Cook in a featured attraction.

Additional main card bouts include former WEC and UFC title challenger John Alessio against Andrew Buckland, seasoned veteran Marvin Eastman facing Aron Lofton, and a light heavyweight clash between journeymen David Heath and Travis Galbraith.

The complete card for the event is as follows.

Main Card:

Emanuel Newton vs. Trevor Prangley (MFC Light Heavyweight Title)
Bobby Lashley vs. Mike Cook
John Alessio vs. Andrew Buckland
Marvin Eastman vs. Aron Lofton
David Heath vs. Travis Galbraith
Ryan Jimmo vs. Mychal Clark

Preliminary Bouts:

William Richey vs. Ryan Fortin
Jeremy Combrink vs. Jason Heit
Dwayne Lewis vs. Jay Whitford
Nolan Clarke vs. George Belanger

MFC 19 Results and Story


Newton crowned new MFC champ
Daley blasts Alessio in Long Time Coming’s superfight

Emanuel “The Hardcore Kid” Newton used a methodical approach and demonstrated a vastly superior gas tank as he ripped the Maximum Fighting Championship’s world light heavyweight title from Roger Hollett last night before a sold-out crowd at MFC 19: Long Time Coming.

Before the HDNet Fights’ cameras and a full house at The Venue at River Cree Resort and Casino, Newton simply wore out Hollett with a steady barrage of takedowns and an early attack to the body that clearly depleted the former title-holder. But while delighted with taking the title by a resounding unanimous decision, Newton (18-3) was apologetic for a fight that was less-than thrilling.
“I’m sorry it wasn’t very exciting and I promise I will be better when I defend this beautiful belt,” said Newton. “I relied on my cardio and that was the difference.”

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MFC Announces Full Card for “Famous”


David Heath. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

EDMONTON - The Maximum Fighting Championship, the fastest-rising mixed martial arts organization in North America, puts its fourth show of 2008 under the spotlight with MFC 18: Famous on Friday, September 26 at the River Cree Resort and Casino.

In the main event, a new No. 1 contender for the MFC light heavyweight title will be determined as the always exciting David Heath (9-3) makes his much-anticipated MFC debut against Emanuel Newton (9-3-1).  The winner of the bout is likely to be first in line to face the MFC’s reigning champion in the 205-pound division - Roger “The Hulk” Hollett.

“This is going to be an electrifying fight between two very accomplished competitors,” said Mark Pavelich, Owner/President of the Maximum Fighting Championship.

“David Heath is a fiery guy who craves the title and I was very happy to get him signed to a multi-fight deal. But there is no way that someone like Emanuel Newton who is on a tremendous streak having won seven straight fights can be taken lightly at all. Whoever wins this fight is going to be very ready to face the champ.”

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