A fight originally lined up for Bellator 241, scuttled thanks to the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, is back on. At Bellator 250, lightweights Nick Newall and Zach Zane will face off. The fight will mark Newell’s third under the Bellator MMA banner.
MMA Fighting was first to report the news on Tuesday. The lightweight scrap joins a card headlined by a middleweight title fight featuring Strikeforce and UFC veteran Gegard Mousasi, taking on welterweight champ Douglas Lima. That latter will become the latest Bellator fighter looking to achieve double-champ status.
For Newell (16-3), it’s a chance to bounce back from a split decision loss to Manny Muro at Bellator 232. That defeat, just the third of the 34-year old’s career, snapped a two-fight win streak. Prior to that, Newell had come up short on Dana White’s Contender Series, losing a unanimous decision to Team Alpha Male fighter Alex Munoz.
He’ll be looking for a better result against Zane, a.k.a. “God’s Warrior.” A Hawaiian training out of Black House MMA, Zane has traded wins and losses across his last four fights. After losing to Justin Gonzales on the Contender Series, Zane picked up a win on the regional circuit, then suffered a loss to Max Rohskopf (who would himself join the UFC only to quit on the stool in an infamous incident earlier this year). However, in his Bellator debut last December, Zane earned a decision win over Nainoa Dung.
Bellator 250 takes place October 29 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.