The deal must be working out well for Newell, who says that he feels valued under the Bellator MMA umbrella.
“I think (Bellator President) Scott (Coker) saw the value in me,” Newell told MMA Fighting. “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 saw the value in me. 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.”
A newly signed Newell has yet to announce his next fight with Bellator MMA, but has teased through social media that an announcement could be coming soon.
Another reason that Newell likes being with Bellator MMA is that the promotion isn’t treating him like a novelty act.
“It felt good to be treated like a human by [Coker] and not just some novelty act that doesn’t belong,” Newell said. “It felt really good to be acknowledged for my skills by what I believe is going to be the No. 1 mixed martial arts organization in the world. I think him and Rich (Chou) truly believe in my skills, and I’m ready to go out there and do my thing and be a part of something special in Bellator. I don’t want to go anywhere else. This is where I want to be. This is where I want to fight until I’m done fighting. When I’m done fighting, it will be for Bellator. I’m going to finish out my career with Bellator.”
Other promotions that Newell has fought at include CES MMA, Legacy Fighting Alliance, the World Series Of Fighting, Dana White’s Contender Series and more.