With a freshly inked contract, Nick Newell is getting back to work for Bellator.
Newell gets another home state fight when he returns to the cage opposite Manny Muro at Bellator 232, which takes place Oct. 26 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The event is headlined by a welterweight title rematch between champ Rory MacDonald and ex-champ Douglas Lima in the finals of the Bellator welterweight grand prix.
A Bellator official confirmed Newell vs. Muro to MMAFighting after an initial report from ESPN.com.
Newell, a congenital amputee, debuted for the Viacom-owned promotion this past month just a short drive down the road from Mohegan at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport. Signed to a one-fight deal, he made the most of his opportunity with a first-round submission of Corey Browning. It was his second straight win since a high-profile setback at Dana White’s Contender Series that dashed his hopes of signing with the UFC.
Prior to the fight, Newell said he was gambling on a win to propel him into a long-term deal with Bellator. He signed such a contract earlier this month.
”I think (Bellator President) Scott (Coker) saw the value in me,” Newell told MMA Fighting in a recent interview. “Aside from that, I bring a lot of eyes when I fight, and I’m entertaining and I have an interesting story.
”I am a skilled, legitimate mixed martial artist. I am amongst the elite in the world. Corey Browning fought two other guys they signed and had on long term deals as prospects, and he beat both of them. He went against me and the opposite happened. I won, and I won impressively. … They’ve seen what I’m capable of, and they’ve seen my other fights and the people I’ve beat and the records of the people I’ve beat. I haven’t been beating guys with sh-tty records. I’ve been beating guys with good, winning records. I’ve been doing so impressively.”
Now 16-2 as a professional, Newell faces regional veteran Muro (9-6), who in June snapped a three-fight skid.