WATCH: One-Handed Nick Newell Wins by Submission on Bellator Debut

By Dazzler
WATCH: One-Handed Nick Newell Wins by Submission on Bellator Debut

Nick Newell is no Ordinary Fighter… The Congenital Amputee Fighter Just Won His Bellator Debut…

It’s been a long road to the top for Nick Newell. He missed out on a potential UFC contract after a tough unanimous decision loss to Alex Munoz – only the second defeat of his career. ‘The Notorious’ would bounce back with a win in CES Fights, but he’s never fought for the biggest promotions in his career.

Until now that is. Finally, 18 fights into his career, Newell is at the top of the game fighting for Bellator. The former XFC Lightweight champion made his debut against Corey Browning in Bridgeport Connecticut, in front of an adoring hometown crowd.

He put on a sensational display to win by submission in the very first round. What a hero he is.


Despite promising to hand Nick Newell a hiding, Corey Browning really didn’t. This fight was stopped at the 3:15 minute mark of round 1 after a dominant performance by the ‘Notorious’. He pushed the pace from the very beginning, getting the takedown. He pushed for a guillotine but it wasn’t coming.

He finally did manage to lock in the submission though, as he went for the arm-triangle. Browning tried to resist but he couldn’t handle Newell’s persistence and the man with one hand choked him out. There’s nothing like a first-round win on your promotional debut.


Newell was obviously delighted with his win. It’s massive for him because this was just a one-fight deal. Well, after that dominant display he can be very optimistic of getting a multi-fight contract with the Viacom-owned contract. You have to give him credit because he’s such an inspiring figure, battling against the odds to get to the very top of the game.

“I told you Bridgeport I’d do it,” Newell said in his post-fight interview. “Born and raised in Connecticut, it’s an honor to have my Day 1’s here. I have a lot of doubters who would tell me, ‘Nick Newell, you don’t belong in the big leagues, you’re not going to make it in the big leagues.’ Well guess what, baby? I’m in Bellator now.”

Full Results

For full results from a night of crazy action in Bridgeport, Connecticut see below:

Main Card:

Sergei Kharitonov def. Matt Mitrione by TKO at 1:24 of round 2.

Vitaly Minakov def. Timothy Johnson by KO at of round 1.

Alejandra Lara def. Taylor Turner by TKO at 3:44 of round 1.

Yaroslav Amosov def. David Rickels by submission (D’arce) at 4:05 of round 2.

Tyrell Fortune def. Rudy Schaffroth by submission (RNC) at 2:08 of round 2.

Preliminary Card:

  • Nick Newell def. Corey Browning via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 1, 3:15.
  • Connor Dixon def. Kastriot Xhema via submission (armbar) – Round 3, 2:08.
  • Jon Manley def. Thiago Rela via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 4:47.
  • Chris Disonell def. Mike Kimbel via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:54.
  • Ricky Bandejas def. Ahmet Kayretli via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 1:21.
  • Austin Vanderford def. Joseph Creer via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) – Round 2, 5:00.
  • Sabah Homasi def. Micah Terrill via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 0:17.
  • Aviv Gozali def. Eduard Muravitskiy via submission (heel hook) – Round 1, 0:11.
  • Khonry Gracie def. Oscar Vera via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 2:50.