Congenital Amputee Nick Newell Set To Debut In Bellator Next Month
Nick Newell may not be making it to the UFC anytime soon. However, that does not stop him from wanting to compete.
Newell is a congenital amputee who has been fighting professionally for several years. He was undefeated in his first 11 fights. Subsequently, his only loss in 15 fights was to UFC vet Justin Gaethje. There is no shame in losing to a guy like that.
Newell was finally gifted a shot to get into the UFC, after campaigning for years. He came out of a brief retirement and was given an opportunity to compete on Dana White’s Contender Series. Unfortunately, he would go on to lose a decision to Alex Munoz.
Nick Newell was quick to rebound, however. He would secure a first round submission over Antonio Castillo Jr. in May. Now, he is getting a shot in what is considered the second biggest MMA promotion, Bellator.
This news comes via the Milford Courant, who reports he will be facing Corey Browning, on August 24th, in Hartford, Connecticut. According to Ariel Helwani, Newell has a one-fight deal with the company, to fight on the undercard in his hometown. Newell had this to say to the Courant:
“his is what everyone that fights wants to do. You want to fight for the biggest shows, and you want to fight for the arena in your hometown. I’ve always tried to be good to the people that support me and follow me, and now it’s all coming full circle and I’m getting an opportunity to put on a show in my hometown.”
Hopefully, Nick Newell can put on a show and get a longer deal. It was largely due to fan support that he got the opportunity at the UFC. He is clearly an elite fighter.