Emanuel Newton to face Joey Beltran

Updated: August 5, 2014, 1:15 PM ET
By Brett Okamoto | ESPN.com

Bellator MMA light heavyweight champion Emanuel Newton will seek his first title defense against former UFC veteran Joey Beltran at Bellator 124 on Sept. 12.

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Keith Mills/Sherdog.comEmanuel Newton is 23-7-1 and won the Bellator MMA light heavyweight championship with a split-decision win in March.

The 205-pound title fight will headline the event, which takes place at Compuware Arena in Plymouth Township, Michigan, and airs on Spike TV.

Newton (23-7-1) is coming off a five-round split decision win against Attila Vegh in a title unification bout in March. The California-based champion is riding a five-fight win streak, which includes two wins over Muhammed Lawal.

"I've been wanting to get back in the cage as soon as possible," Newton said. "Beltran is a guy that always pushes the pace and looks for a finish, which plays into my style perfectly."

Beltran (15-10) is 1-1 since signing with Bellator late last year. He suffered a first-round TKO loss to Quinton Jackson in his debut in November, but rebounded with a submission victory over Vladimir Matyushenko.

A former heavyweight, Beltran is 2-3 since dropping a weight class in 2012. He was released by the UFC last year, following a split decision loss to Fabio Maldonado in October.


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