One-handed mixed martial arts sensation Nick Newell has signed with Bellator MMA in a big signing.
The new acquisition to the Bellator roster was announced Tuesday evening by the promotion.
Newell is a congenital amputee with his left arm ending just past the elbow. The one-handed fighter has signed on for a one-fight deal with the promotion and that bout will take place on the prelims of whatever card he competes on.
Newell (15-2) has amassed a decent fight record and most recently garnered a first-round submission at CES MMA 56 in Connecticut this past May. Newell had long desired a spot on the Ultimate Fighting Championship roster and last summer was given the opportunity to earn a contract on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series.
He faced Team Alpha Male coach and fighter Alex Munoz. He would drop a unanimous decision loss to Munoz, thus missing out on a UFC contract.
“I just want to fight in the UFC, but nothing is given,” Newell said after his fight (via MMA Junkie). “All I asked for was a chance. I got my chance, and I didn’t make the most of it. I have it. I know I have it, and I’ve just got to show it. I’m better than what I showed, and I just have to work and get better and improve.”
Newell is a former XFC Lightweight hampion and aside from the Contender Series to Munoz, his sole loss comes at the hands of Justin Gaethje back in 2014. Gaethje knocked Newell out in the second round of their World Series of Fighting bout, and the match is one to watch if you’ve got ten minutes.