Nick Newell Takes on Zach Zane at Bellator 241 in March

By Jay Pettry Feb 13, 2020

Bellator MMA is adding on to its March event in Connecticut with a hometown fighter against a Hawaiian.

Editor's note: This article has been updated on 6:15 p.m. ET on 2/13/20 after the promotion changed the date and location of the bout from May to March and San Jose, California, to Uncasville, Connecticut.

According to the promotion on Thursday, Nick Newell (16-3) will be meeting Zach Zane at lightweight at Bellator 241 on March 13.

Newell dropped his most recent bout against Luis Muro in October, suffering a narrow split decision defeat at Bellator 232. Prior to the loss, Newell made his successful promotional debut by tapping Corey Browning with a first-round arm-triangle choke at Bellator 225 in August 2019. The former Dana White's Contender Series fighter and World Series of Fighting title challenger posts an impressive 81 percent finish rate throughout his career. In each of his last three victories, Newell has tapped his opponent in the first round.

Zane, a fellow Contender Series competitor, made his first fight with the California-based promotion count when he beat the undefeated Nainoa Dung by decision in December. That win on the scorecards marked the first time "God's Warrior" had ever won a fight that went the distance. Prior to that performance, all 13 of the Hawaiian's previous victories came by way of stoppage, including 10 in the opening frame.

Bellator 241 will go down on March 13 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The event will be headlined by a pair of featherweight quarterfinal bouts, as Patricio Freire defends his strap against Pedro Carvalho, while Daniel Weichel takes on Emmanuel Sanchez. Additionally, Josh Barnett will face off against Ronny Markes in a heavyweight battle rescheduled from 2019.


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