Five reasons to watch Bellator 130: Newton vs. Vassell

Bellator 130 will take place tonight at the Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kansas and will be headlined by a title fight as Emanuel Newton defends the Bellator light heavyweight title against Linton Vassell. B130 WI

In addition to the title fight, the main card on Spike TV will see Bobby Lashley look for another win in the Bellator cage as he faces undefeated British heavyweight Karl Etherington in the co-main event.

The event will kick off with the online preliminary card at 6:45 p.m. ET/3:45 p.m. PT right here on and the main card will begin at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on Spike TV.

Below is five reasons why you should tune into Spike TV tonight for Bellator 130.

1. Can Newton make his second successful title defense in 43 days?
Newton defended his title 43 days ago in the main event of Bellator 124 and defeated Joey Beltran by spinning back-fist knockout. It was the second time in his Bellator run that he won by this type of knockout, but did not have his best performance. While he opened up as over a 4-1 favorite, the betting public now has him as a 3-1 favorite. Vassell is 3-0 in Bellator, but all of those fights came on the preliminary card.

2. Can Lashley continue his rise up the Bellator heavyweight rankings?
Bobby Lashley made his Bellator debut 49 days ago and defeated Josh Burns by submission in the second round. It was his fourth straight victory and he will be looking for his fifth win in a row. Etherington has characterized this fight as a train crash, which Lashley does not see it that way. Etherington is going to want to keep this fight on the feet, but expect Lashley to get the fight to the ground and force Etherington to work off his back.

3. Marloes Coenen makes her Bellator debut
Bellator got back into the business of promoting women’s fights last week and tonight mark’s the Bellator debut of Coenen, the former Strikeforce champion as she meets Annalisa Bucci. She is considered the #2 women’s featherweight fighter and this will be her first fight since losing to Cris “Cyborg” Justino last year.

4. Return of Dave Jansen
After begin away for the last 596 days, Jansen returns to the Bellator cage after winning the season seven lightweight tournament at the beginning of last year. He will face fellow former tournament winner Rick Hawn and this is one of the best lightweight matchups in Bellator this season.

5. Darrion Caldwell
If there is one fight to watch on the Bellator 130 preliminary card, it will be the third fight of the night as Caldwell meets fellow undefeated featherweight Anthony Dizy. Since entering Bellator last year, Caldwell has gone 2-0 and both of those victories have come by guillotine choke submission in the first round.