Bellator MMA made some noise earlier this year when they signed one-armed lightweight fighter Nick Newell. Although Newell was born with a congential defect in his left arm, he has improved his mixed martial arts record to 16-2 with his victory over Corey Browning at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, CT.
Newell has a disadvantage in striking because he has to defend and to throw punches with one arm. However, that disadvantage turns into an advantage with his wrestling and his grappling. Nobody can break his grip once he grabs a body lock. In his first-round submission victory over Browning, Newell was able to secure an arm triangle choke that is impossible to escape.