Nick Newell has made Bellator his home.
The Viacom-owned promotion announced the lightweight as the newest addition to its stable of lightweight fighters Wednesday. Terms of Newell’s contract were not immediately available, but he was in talks for a multi-fight contract following a successful debut this past month at Bellator 225.
A call to Bellator President Scott Coker was not immediately returned.
Newell’s first-round submission over Corey Browning in his promotional debut brought more career momentum after a high-profile loss on Dana White’s Contender Series. Newell had overcome opposition from UFC President Dana White to get the opportunity, and a decision loss dashed his hopes at fighting in the octagon any time soon.
Newell returned to the cage 10 months later on the regional circuit. He dismissed the idea of retiring and targeted Bellator for his next big fight contract. But rather than ink a long-term deal, the fighter and promoter mutually agreed to a one-fight deal that made Bellator 225 an all-important audition.
With the crank of an arm-triangle, Newell passed his test with flying colors.
Newell is 16-2 as a professional and once fought for the WSOF lightweight title, losing to then-champ and current UFC title contender Justin Gaethje. A congenital amputee, his story of overcoming odds has drawn inspirational headlines around the world.