Newell, Bellator Near Multi-Fight Deal

Nick Newell appears to be getting his wish of a deal with a major MMA promotion, as a deal between him and Bellator appears “imminent.”

A source tells MMAJunkie that unlike the “one-off” deal Newell had when he competed at Bellator 225 last month, this would be a multi-fight contract.

Newell defeated Corey Browning via first-round submission at the event, and he made a heartfelt speech in his post-fight interview in the hopes of signing a long-term deal.

Born with congenital amputation of his left arm, Newell his made his professional MMA debut in 2009, going 9-0 before signing with the World Series of Fighting (now Professional Fighters League). Newell went 4-1 in the promotion, with his sole loss coming in a lightweight title fight with then-champion and current UFC star Justin Gaethje, before announcing his 2015 retirement.

After defeating Sonny Luque in his 2018 return, Newell was featured on season two of Dana White’s Contender Series (DWCS), where he lost to Alex Munoz. The win over Browning makes it two victories in a row in rebounding from the failed UFC tryout through DWCS.

Original Story: MMAJunkie

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