Bryce Mitchell’s impressive submission victory at UFC DC was rewarded in more ways than one.
Mitchell got $50,000 richer thanks to his Performance of the Night bonus, and now he has a new four-fight deal to celebrate as well.
Mitchell announced the news himself on Twitter Wednesday night.
I’m pumped to announce I’ve signed a new 4 fight deal with the @ufc
— Bryce Mitchell (@ThugnastyMMA) December 12, 2019
Mitchell grabbed the attention of UFC fans with his twister submission victory over Matt Sayles at UFC DC, his first stoppage win as a UFC fighter. It was only the second twister in UFC history, as only Chan Sung Jung has pulled it off in the Octagon before.
“Thugnasty” got his chance in the UFC by way of The Ultimate Fighter. Competing on season 27 as a member of Daniel Cormier’s team, Mitchell defeated Jay Cucciniello by unanimous decision in his first fight on the show before falling to eventual winner Brad Katona by way of third-round rear-naked choke.
Because the fight took place on TUF, the loss does not count toward Mitchell’s professional record, which remains a perfect 12-0.
The Arkansas native got a chance to impress during the finale show of season 27, competing against Team Alpha Male prospect Tyler Diamond. He won the fight by majority decision and was ultimately brought back to compete in the UFC’s featherweight division once again.
Mitchell returned in March of 2019 against Bobby Moffett. He went to the scorecards once again, this time winning unanimously.
Shane Connelly is a journalism student at Penn State with a passion for sharing the stories of MMA fighters.