A conversation with Emanuel Newton, Bellator's light heavyweight champion, is unlike a conversation with anyone else in mixed martial arts. If pushed, he can take you to some very strange places. But pushing him is not strictly necessary for the journey.
Pick any question, even the standard ones about techniques, training partners and longtime goals—just don't expect a standard answer in return. At one point during our 23-minute talk in advance of his Bellator 130 title defense Friday against Linton Vassell on Spike TV, Newton talked for nearly four consecutive minutes, straight monologuing about the meaning of life.
You may know him as the master of the spinning backfist, a move he says he's mastered with coaches Arnold Chon and Robert Drimel. He's more. So much more. The man, simply put, is a little bit weird. Delightfully so.
"How we make our decisions is off of our deja vus. Our coincidences. Our dreams. Our omens. The energy that comes from a person's heart can turn that thought into works. We all have auras. We all have chakras in our body. And when you do that stuff, you can bless yourself," Newton said. "...The same atom that dwells in our DNA is the same atom that makes up our sun. There's no difference. We're made from stardust. You know?"