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Muhammed 'King Mo' Lawal will face Emanuel Newton for the interim Bellator light heavyweight title on Nov. 2 as part of a pay-per-view card in Long Beach, Calif., the promotion announced Thursday.
Lawal will seek to avenge a first-round knockout loss to Newton on Feb. 21 during a Bellator Season 8 light heavyweight semifinal bout. A former Strikeforce 205-pound champion, Lawal entered the fight as a heavy favorite.
He dominated the action early, but got caught by a spinning back fist from Newton and was counted out at the 2:35 mark. Since the loss, Lawal has vowed to exact revenge on Newton.
"Listen, I'm going to be real honest about this. Emanuel is as fake as hell," said Lawal, who will take a two-fight winning streak and a professional record of 11-2 with one no contest into the contest. "He runs his mouth about being a black skinhead or something and likes to act real hard. I'm going to destroy this guy.
"He landed a shot on me in our first fight, nothing more than that. I'm better than him in every facet of the game."
Newton, who is 21-7-1, has won three fights in a row. He was eyeing a bout with reigning Bellator light heavyweight titleholder Attila Vegh, but the champion has been sidelined with a shoulder injury.
Former UFC light heavyweight champions Quinton 'Ramage' Jackson and Tito Ortiz will meet in the main event of Bellator's first pay-per-view event. Lightweight titleholder Michael Chandler faces former champion Eddie Alvarez in the co-feature.
Alvarez, who recently re-signed with the promotion after a heated legal dispute, will seek to reclaim the 155-pound title he lost to Chandler via a fourth-round submission on Nov. 19, 2011. Chandler is ranked fifth among lightweights by ESPN.com; Alvarez is ninth.