On Friday, October 24th Bellator MMA will hold Bellator 130: Newton vs. Vassell from the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, Kansas.

In the night’s main event light heavyweight champion, Emanuel Newton, will be looking to make his second successful title defense in this season of Bellator when he defends against Linton Vassell. Newton retained the title earlier this season when he knocked out Joey Beltran with what is becoming his signature move; the spinning back fist. Vassell is coming off of back-to-back submission victories inside the Bellator cage and has not lost in nearly four years. The winner of this bout could be set up for big things with question marks still surrounding Quinton Jackson; fast rising Liam McGeary could get the next title shot.

In the night’s co-main event TNA Wrestling heavyweight champion, Bobby Lashley, will make his second appearance for Bellator against Karl Etherington. Lashley initially made his name in pro wrestling but has now amassed thirteen pro fights. Lashley has won four straight including submitting Josh Burns in his Bellator debut. Etherington steps onto the biggest stage of his career with a still unbeaten record. The Englishman is known as a knockout artist and none of his nine professional bouts have gone past the third round.

The final two bouts on the main card are also very intriguing. Bellator’s new women’s division makes its debut when Marloes Coenen faces Annalisa Bucci. Kicking off the main card will be the returning Dave Jansen facing off with Bellator mainstay, Rick Hawn. This will be Jansen’s first bout since winning a lightweight tournament way back in March of 2013.

The stacked main card airs live on Spike TV starting at 9 p.m. ET with the preliminary action kicking off here on The MMA Corner and Spike.com starting at 7 p.m. ET.

Streaming video of all of the preliminary action is above. (Video courtesy of Bellator)

Emanuel Newton vs. Linton Vassell- for light heavyweight title
Bobby Lashley vs. Karl Etherington
Marloes Coenen vs. Annalisa Bucci
Dave Jansen vs. Rick Hawn
Ricky Musgrave vs. Joe Wilk
Cody Carrillo vs. Marcio Navarro
Daniel Gallemore vs. Gzim Selmani
Sam Oropeza vs. Gary Tapusoa
Darrion Caldwell vs. Anthony Dizy
Aaron Derrow vs. Nate Jolly
Derek Bohi vs. Alex Huddleston
Davi Ramos vs. David Rickels

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Covering the sport of MMA from Ontario, Canada, Jay Anderson has been writing for various publications covering sports, technology, and pop culture since 2001. Jay holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Guelph, and a Certificate in Leadership Skills from Humber College under the Ontario Management Development Program. When not slaving at the keyboard, he can be found in the company of his dog, a good book, or getting lost in the woods.