STATISTICALLY SPEAKING – BELLATOR 130: EMANUEL NEWTON VS LINTON VASSELL

By; R Eric Ellison

It looks like we have a title fight on our hands this go-round of the latest edition of Statistically Speaking. Bellator 130 is capped off by a very stylistically and numerically interesting fight  between defending 205 champ Emanuel Newton and light-heavyweight breakout Linton Vassell. Although perhaps not carrying quite the hype  as his bouts with King Mo, Linton Vassell stands as one of the trickiest puzzles for the current Bellator champion.

Each “Statistically Speaking” article is broken down into three sections; The Wrap Sheet, Cross Examination, and The Winning Path. In The Wrap Sheet, we will take a closer look at each fighters statistics individually. The Cross Examination is where the fighters are compared to each other. Finally, The Winning Path takes the previous results and draws a bit of a numerical map how each fighter may win.

Ready? It’s time For Newton Vs Vassell!

THE WRAP SHEET

First up, Linton Vassell (14-3-0). This guy is has serious ground skills, both with submissions and his techniques in getting fights to the ground. His striking on the mat is legit, and he has the stand up game to complete the set. He has a championship past, which certainly doesn’t hurt when it comes to the extra “shine” of being in one. Linton Vassell is the kind of guy who has power in his hands, as you can see with 5 of 14 wins via T/KO, and proven submission skills. Half of his wins have come from the tap, and to cap this off, he himself has never been submitted. The guy is quick, durable, smart in a dog fight, and capable of pulling off a win from anywhere.

Next is Bellator Light Heavyweight champion Emanuel Newton (24-7-1). Unique inside the cage and out, Newton cannot be denied his place as one of the best at 205 on the planet. He kind of reminds me of Dominick Cruz in that his style is pretty fun to watch, but his damage is cumulative rather than all at once. We all remember his spinning backfist KO, but the Bellator champ is not known as a one punch machine gun. Newton is, for lack of better words, just durable as hell. He can hang out the toughest of moments inside the cage, and few have been able to shut him down since he took off.

It looks like we have a title fight on our hands this go-round of the latest edition of Statistically Speaking. Bellator 130 is capped off by a very stylistically and numerically interesting fight  between defending 205 champ Emanuel Newton and light-heavyweight breakout Linton Vassell. Although perhaps not carrying quite the hype  as his bouts with King Mo, Linton Vassell stands as one of the trickiest puzzles for the current Bellator champion.

Each “Statistically Speaking” article is broken down into three sections; The Wrap Sheet, Cross Examination, and The Winning Path. In The Wrap Sheet, we will take a closer look at each fighters statistics individually. The Cross Examination is where the fighters are compared to each other. Finally, The Winning Path takes the previous results and draws a bit of a numerical map how each fighter may win.

Ready? It’s time For Newton Vs Vassell!

THE WRAP SHEET

First up, Linton Vassell (14-3-0). This guy is has serious ground skills, both with submissions and his techniques in getting fights to the ground. His striking on the mat is legit, and he has the stand up game to complete the set. He has a championship past, which certainly doesn’t hurt when it comes to the extra “shine” of being in one. Linton Vassell is the kind of guy who has power in his hands, as you can see with 5 of 14 wins via T/KO, and proven submission skills. Half of his wins have come from the tap, and to cap this off, he himself has never been submitted. The guy is quick, durable, smart in a dog fight, and capable of pulling off a win from anywhere.

Next is Bellator Light Heavyweight champion Emanuel Newton (24-7-1). Unique inside the cage and out, Newton cannot be denied his place as one of the best at 205 on the planet. He kind of reminds me of Dominick Cruz in that his style is pretty fun to watch, but his damage is cumulative rather than all at once. We all remember his spinning backfist KO, but the Bellator champ is not known as a one punch machine gun. Newton is, for lack of better words, just durable as hell. He can hang out the toughest of moments inside the cage, and few have been able to shut him down since he took off.

THE WINNING PATH

Well, I guess I sort of hit on that just a second ago. I think Newton’s style is too stacking and flashy for him to lose on the cards, unless Vassell is able to come out and just tie Emanuel up from bell to bell. If Linton Vassell wants this title, he is going to have to go in there and just blow Newton out of the water. I also think if he is smart, the size advantage will be a factor for him. A solid gameplan that quickly leads him to a tap or KO is his best chance, instead of trying to just coast out each round and take it as it comes.

Emanuel Newton is almost in one of those weird positions where he can win this fight as long as he doesn’t let Vassell take him to the ground and keep it there. Linton does have KO power, but Emanuel has a proven chin and his footwork is quite a thing as well. He doesn’tneed to take wild chances, but a solid grind approach I think is one way Newton can keep this belt.

So, who do you think will take this 205 title at Bellator 130?

Make sure to Check out our interviews with both fighters:
To listen and read our interview with Eamnuel Newton click here
To read our interview with Linton Vessall click here

Tags

Sorry - Comments are closed

Bodybuilding.com Exclusive Brands 160 x 600