Emanuel Newton (+975) upsets Muhammed Lawal (-1175)
Knockout (spinning back fist), Round 1
Bellator 90: Martinez vs Shamhalaev — 2/21/2013
More marketable and popular? check. Better MMA record? check. More proven? check. Better skill set? check. On paper, much like just about every other upset victim on this list, Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal had all the ingredients required to win his fight against the relatively unknown Emanuel Newton. That still wasn’t enough — not even close. Everyone had already crowned “King Mo” as the champ, before he even won the Bellator tournament required to get a title shot, let alone beat its holder. Perhaps Lawal had done so himself as well, because he seemed to have a complete disregard for Newton’s power.
From the opening bell “The Hardcore Kid” repeatedly made Mo pay for his hubris with hard right hooks and uppercuts. Mo simply walked through them all, no worse for wear, until the dagger came — a surprise spinning back fist that just barely clipped his jaw. Lawal slowly leaned over before tumbling backwards right into a rear naked choke attempt from Newton, but the choke was not needed. The fight was over and the second biggest upset in MMA history was complete.
The pair eventually rematched for the interim Bellator 205-pound title, and while “King Mo” put up a better fight, he still would not be crowned, as Emanuel picked up a clear cut decision in another upset (+340).
Opening line: +600 — Bookmaker
Peak line: +975 — 5Dimes
Closing line: +975 — 5Dimes