Uncasville, CT — Bellator 255 opened up with the undefeated Jordan Newman continuing to build upon his perfect record. At only 25 years of age, Newman won the card-opener via second round finish using his vicious ground and pound against Branko Busick.
The victory improves Newman to 3-0 as a professional. It also cements his name in the record books, as the first Bellator MMA fighter to earn a win in the Showtime era, even if the prelims were broadcast online.
“It feels great,” middleweight Newman stated on being back. “Lot of hard work, lot of time, finally got to show some stuff in there. Get another W, so it feels good.”
Newman stated that personal issues have kept him from the cage, including a cancellation in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Newman told the media following the victory that his mother had sadly passed away following Thanksgiving, and that this win was for her.
“This fight is a tribute to my mom,” Newman stated. “She passed right after Thanksgiving, so I did this one for you,” Newman said, pointing to the sky. “That is what this win was for.”
Newman is fighting out of Roufusport, led by Duke Roufus, home to fighters such as Anthony and Sergio Pettis, Emmanual Sanchez, Ben Askren and more. Newman praised working with this crew, especially in his time away from the cage.
“Damn, we got great coaches there,” Newman explained. “Coaching there is phenomenal, and my own personal coach Jim Savage [is as well]. Training with me everyday and all the extra sh*t I got to do.”
Watch the full Bellator 255 post-fight media scrum with Jordan Newman above.