In one of the biggest upsets in Bellator MMA history Thursday night, Emanuel Newton stopped tournament favorite Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal in the co-main event of Bellator 90.
Newton advanced to the finals of the light heavyweight tournament after connecting with a spinning back fist midway through the opening round. The finish landed him a spot on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays of the Day.
In the main event, Shahbulat Shamhalaev defeated Rad Martinez in the much-delayed season seven featherweight finale. He secured a future title shot and $100,000.
Complete results can be found below:
Shahbulat Shamhalaev def. Rad Martinez via KO (strikes) – Round 2, 2:12 – Season 7 featherweight tournament finals
Emanuel Newton def. Muhammed Lawal via KO (spinning back fist) – Round 1, 2:35 – light heavyweight tournament semifinals
Douglas Lima def. Bryan Baker via KO (punch) – Round 1, 2:34 – welterweight tournament semifinals
Mikhail Zayats def. Jacob Noe via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 3:38 – light heavyweight tournament semifinals
Ben Saunders def. Raul Amaya via KO (head kick) – Round 1, 2:56 – welterweight tournament semifinals
Travis Marx def. Chase Beebe via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Jesse Juarez def. Jordan Smith via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Sean Powers def. Dave Allred via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 2:10
Lionel Lanham def. Joe Rodriguez via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 0:49