Congenital Amputee Fighter Nick Newell Pulls Off Incredible Submission To Win Bellator Debut
Congenital amputee fighter Nick Newell won his Bellator debut in spectacular fashion as he pulled off an incredible first-round submission.
Newell, 33, has become well known in the MMA community for missing an arm. The one-and-a-half armed athlete is a tremendous fighter, amassing an impressive 16-2 professional record.
And he brought up his latest victory in the big leagues, winning his Bellator debut in style.
Newell defeated Corey Browning by arm-triangle choke in the very first round.
Victory for @NotoriousNewell in his @BellatorMMA debut :punch:
The congenital amputee improves to 16-2 pic.twitter.com/PpmQm8XqZS
- DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) August 25, 2019
Newell has been working tirelessly over the years to get a bout in one of the major MMA promotions.
He's paid his dues and he finally got his shot in Bellator with CEO Scott Coker welcoming him to their stable. It appears Newell will be sticking around Bellator.
Huge win for hometown boy, @NotoriousNewell. Welcome to the big leagues.
- Scott Coker (@ScottCoker) August 25, 2019
Last night was special. Took me 10 long years to get here & I'm not going away. Thank you @bellatormma #FaaAllDay #Bellator225 #NewellWorldOrder @ Webster Bank Arena https://t.co/IDcn9p2MdR
- Nick Newell (@NotoriousNewell) August 25, 2019
As a professional, Newell has won the XFC lightweight title and fought for the WSOF lightweight belt while competing on Dana White's Contender Series, and he wants to be known as a great fighter, not the guy who fights with one hand.
"It is a fine line. I have never been a guy to say, 'Oh look at me, I'm defying the odds.' Everyone has their own problems which are holding them back. Mine is just visual," Newell said.
"I want to be considered 'Nick Newell a great fighter, not Nick Newell a one-handed fighter.' I don't want to be known as the guy that fights with one hand... [I] just [want to] be recognised as one of the best at what I do."