"That just shows ignorance that he doesn't understand that there's different walks of life," Newton said. "All because he figures if I listen to a heavier style of music that I'm at the Warped tours and Ozzfest running around with skinheads. Not at all. Hardcore music is all underground. You'll never see me … at anything like that. [Hardcore isn't] mainstream.
"The majority of people in the L.A. hardcore scene are Mexican, and there are some blacks and whites. But it's a way of life, and I don't think he understands. He figures if I listen to heavy music, then I have to be a skinhead. I don't listen to rap or Little Wayne or Drake. I think that music is ruining our generation. Everybody is disrespectful now. Disrespectful toward women, disrespectful to their elders. Everybody wants to do Molly and do a bunch of drugs, and I think that's really stupid. That's not me."
Lawal, a former Strikeforce champion, called Newton a "black skinhead" during a recent interview and defended his choice of words during an open workout for media members in anticipation of Bellator's Nov. 2 card.
"I did my research," Lawal said. "I saw a documentary a while ago about skinheads that follow a music genre called 'hardcore.' And he's 'The Hardcore Kid,' right? He likes hardcore music. He does that ugly-ass dance, that stupid s--t. So I put two and two together and said, 'Hey! He's a black skinhead.'"
Newton says he is humble and has no reason to talk trash about Lawal.
"I feel fine," he said. "The only thing I didn't recollect was when me and Mo were in the sauna last time cutting weight and I said 'I'm coming for you.' But I know Mo, it wasn't even like I was coming at him in a hostile way. I was just saying, 'I'm coming for you.' You know, be ready, because I was ready for that fight. Obviously, we were going to be fighting each other, so there was no bad blood. I wasn't trying to say anything messed up to him. He runs his mouth and talks crap all the time, but when I say, 'I'm coming for you,' just messing around, or not being all crazy about it, then it becomes an issue?
"Other than that, I've never said anything bad about Mo. I don't know where he's getting this information from. I'm not a trash talker. All the people that know me know that I have no reason to talk trash. You're not being humble, and then [you could] go in the ring and get knocked out and look like an idiot, so why would I do that to myself? So I don't regret anything I said to him, because I didn't say anything bad to him."
Newton fights Lawal inside the Bellator cage on Nov. 2.