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Famed UFC Lightweight Retires; Emanuel Newton receives Next Title Challenger


Former King of the Cage competitor and long time UFC Lightweight Mark Bocek (12-5) announced via his Twitter that he will be retiring from the sport of MMA.

Mark’s tweet read, “I’m retiring from Pro MMA I would like to thank everyone who has helped me and supported me through my journey. Onto the next chapter.”

Mark had battled former UFC Champions at lightweight, Benson Henderson and Frankie Edgar and had fought TUF Champion, Mac Danzig and had amassed 13 total UFC bouts in all.

Bocek was able to “go out on top” for in his last match-up before he retired he defeeated Mark De La Torre via split-decision at the Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale; Bisping vs Kennedy back in April.

On September 12th Bellator will be in Plymouth, Michigan and 205 pound champion, Emanuel Newton (23-7-1) will defend his title against the always crowd pleasing “Mexicutioner” Joey Beltran (15-10).

Joey has seen mixed results in Bellator going 1-1, dropping his debut against Quinton Jackson at Bellator 108 via first round tko but then he rebounded to force Vladimir Matyushenko to retire after tapping out to a north-south choke in the 3rd round of their Bellator 116 contest.

Newton is riding a 5 fight winning streak and most recently unified the Bellator Light Heavyweight title by defeating Attla Vegh in a rematch by split decision at Bellator 113 in March.

Joey gets the title shot now but who will come after him?

The night’s co-feature would provide the answer.

The Bellator 2014 Summer Series FInale will take place between, Kelly Anundson (9-2) and Liam Mcgeary (8-0).

Liam has run rough-shod over Bellator’s 205 pound division, using his 6’6 height and crushing power, no opponent has been able to make it past 2 and a half minutes in Mcgeary’s current 4 fight tour with the company.

In his last bout he TKO’d Egidijus Valavicius at Bellator 122.

Kelly recently upset Philipe Lins when Lins succumbed to a knee injury in their tilt at the same Bellator 122.

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Aaron Portier
Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.