Former WSOF star Nick Newell didn’t win his way into the UFC on the Contender Series, but he isn’t giving up hope of appearing with a major MMA promotion, with Bellator MMA next in his crosshairs.
Nick Newell is not giving up on his dream of competing in a major MMA promotion. The former WSOF title challenger, who recently came up short on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, posted a note on his official Twitter account earlier this week expressing his interest in taking part in Bellator’s upcoming back-to-back shows at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Newell, who went 11-0 before being finished by current UFC lightweight star Justin Gaethje for the WSOF 155lb title, returned to action in March of this year after a retirement of just over two years.
— Nick Newell (@NotoriousNewell) December 17, 2018
After winning his return fight at LFA 35, he suffered just the second defeat of his pro career against Team Alpha Male’s Alex Munoz at Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series 14.
‘The Notorious’ Nick Newell was seen in attendance at Bellator 207 in October of this year, in support of his fellow fighters. Now, however, Newell is looking to do more than just show his support. At 14-2, he remains a threat, and his submission game is top notch. Among his 14 wins, he has 11 finishes, 9 of them submissions.
Bellator touches down at the Mohegan Sun in February 2019 with Bellator 216 and 217 on the 15th and 16th of the month.