Former UFC fighter Devin Powell is looking for a long term home in the fight game.
In the Mohegan Sun arena in Uncassville, Connecticut, Devin Powell had a second round submission victory over Marcus Surin. The crowd erupted for the New England native and emotion was all over Powell’s face. A victory that was more than just a win, a redemption since being cut by the UFC, a comeback from gruesome injuries, a win in his new home of Bellator.
“I wanted to stay on a worldwide stage, I want the big show, I want the lights. I’ve fought and trained so long once I had that stage I wasn’t going to lose it” Powell told MyMMANews. “I got over 35 million views on that finish, I’m an exciting fight.”
Though the hometown hero had an impressive finish on D1 wrestler Surin, and although the millions of views coming his way Bellator has yet to offer a new multi-fight contract to Powell. While not looking for millions of dollars, Powell wants the security of a multi-fight deal while making enough money to support his family, not a tall ask from the crafty veteran.
“I’m as free as a bird” Powell stated when asked if he was a free agent. “I’d love to see a decent number, a decent payday. I want it to be known if the UFC wants me on Fight Island, I’m there but I’m also 100% in for Bellator to sign me because of what I did that night.”
Powell has stated that the UFC had told him when he was released to ‘go win some and you’ll be back’ so with the replacements that have been needed for the UFC it could very well work out in Powell’s favor. That being said it is clear Powell would love to return to the Bellator family, just on a deal that works for him. If Bellator does call, Powell has a name in mind.
“I have nothing against Manny Muro, but I’d love to fight him, he was on the main card that night [Bellator 232] and we both won that night. All respect to all my opponents, we are looking for the sam thing here.”
Sadly due to connection issues the video had to be cut short. Check out the full interview above, where Powell goes into detail on his gym, Nostos MMA, in the middle of a pandemic and discusses in detail his win at Bellator 232.
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