Nick Newell is ready to make his return to the Bellator cage, as he’ll face Manny Muro at Bellator 232 in October.
Bellator MMA is wasting no time getting Nick Newell back in the cage. The former WSOF and Contender Series athlete made his debut for the promotion just last month. There, the congenital amputee earned a submission win over Corey Browning. Next up, Manny Muro, at Bellator 232. ESPN was first to report the news.
Newell’s fight against Browning was widely seen as an audition with the promotion. And it’s one the 33-year old passed with flying colors. Browning had entered the fight, at Bellator 225, off wins against Bellator prospects Baby Slice and Aaron Chalmers, earning himself a bit of a push.
However Newell (16–2), who has lost only to Justin Gaethje and Team Alpha Male fighter Alex Munoz, was too much for him. That earned Newell a contract with Bellator, and as a New England native, adding him to Bellator 232 in Connecticut was an easy choice.
Manny Muro (10-6) will enter the fight off a win outside the promotion, which snapped a three-fight losing streak. Prior to that, Muro had won his Bellator debut, before returning to the regional scene.
Bellator 232, the second of back-to-back cards at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT, takes place October 26, 2019. The main event features the final off the welterweight grand prix, as Rory MacDonald faces Douglas Lima for the second time.