Emanuel Newton Wants to Face Rampage Jackson
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 03.20.2014
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Emanuel Newton recently spoke with MMAjunkie about his fight against Attila Vegh at Bellator 113, Rampage Jackson vs. Muhammed Lawal and more. Check out the highlights:
On how he thinks Jackson vs. Lawal will go: "I see ‘Rampage' knocking ‘Mo' out. ‘Rampage' has awesome takedown defense and ‘Mo' is going to try and take him down. I think it's going to become a standup war and ‘Rampage' will get on the inside and probably put ‘Mo' out with a hook. That's how he'll get it done."
On having the same trainer as Jackson: "We have the same trainer – we both have Antonio McKee. We're just training partners. It may get a little weird at times. I'm sure it can be a little weird for him, too. But at the same time, it's business. When we have to fight, we have to fight. I think the sport is changing and it's going to start becoming more (common) – it's martial arts. I don't hate my opponents. I don't dislike any of my opponents. This isn't a bar brawl. We're both professionals. We're going to train together and go out there and give our best performance. I enjoy his friendship. ‘Rampage' is a good guy. There's no bad blood between us."
On their training together getting to Lawal: "We're just making sure we get under ‘Mo's skin. He ran his mouth so much when he fought me. He's running his mouth about fighting ‘Rampage,' and we just want to make sure he knows he made a bad mistake. He bit off more than he can chew fighting both of us."
On being willing to face Lawal again: "I'll gladly fight ‘Mo' again because I know he's going to be the same ‘Mo,' maybe even worse. He lost to me twice and might have to fight me again. The only way he'll be able to pump himself up is by talking s–t, having a big ego and doing the usual things he does. All that's going to do is just motivate me even more."
On his preference: "I prefer to fight ‘Rampage' because I think that's what the fans want to see. I think that's what would be better for Bellator and better for our careers. That's what I would like to do."
On being a better fighter than he was two years ago: "My style, my technique, my timing and my strength are all different from the fighter I was then. It's not going to go to the judges this time. I'm not going in here for another decision. I'm not going in here for another freaking five-round fight, I've had too many of those already. I'm over it. I'm going in there looking to finish him."