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Emanuel Newton headlines Bellator 130 with title defense

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Emanuel Newton will put his Bellator light heavyweight title on the line when he faces Linton Vassell at Bellator 130 on Oct. 24 in Wichita, Kan.

Marloes Coenen will also make her Bellator debut when she squares off against Annalisa Bucci on the main card. Also, Bobby Lashley makes his return to the Bellator cage against Karl Etherington.

According to promotion officials, Vassell, not recent light-heavyweight tournament winner Liam McGeary, is getting the next title shot because McGeary "was banged up and needed some time off." In addition to that, Newton's contract called for a fight sooner rather than later, so McGeary is now scheduled to fight the winner of Newton vs. Vassell.

Check out the complete Bellator 130 fight card below.

Main card (Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET)

Linton Vassell (14-3) vs. Emanuel Newton (24-7)
Karl Etherington (9-0) vs. Bobby Lashley (11-2)
Annalisa Bucci (7-3) vs. Marloes Coenen (21-6)
Dave Jansen (19-2) vs. Rick Hawn (18-3)

Undercard (MMA Fighting at 7 p.m. ET)
Derek Bohi (3-2) vs. Alex Huddleston (4-1)
Aaron Derrow (12-8) vs. Nate Jolly (13-6)
Anthony Dizy (5-0) vs. Darrion Caldwell (5-0)
Gary Tapusoa (8-2) vs. Sam Oropeza (11-2)
Gzim Selmani (4-1) vs. Daniel Gallemore (3-2)
Marcio Navarro (9-11) vs. Cody Carrillo (5-8)
Ricky Musgrave (11-4) vs. Joe Wilk (17-9)
Davi Ramos (5-0) vs. David Rickels (15-3)

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