Devin began his Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) career in 2010. As an amateur fighter, he was awarded the #1 fighter title in the Northeast in the 155lb. weight class.
In 2012, during the second season’s premiere of “Dana White Lookin’ for a Fight,” White alongside Din Thomas, discovered “a young kid from Bangor [ME].” In a lightweight New England Fight (NEF), after getting hit with a broken nose by his opponent Jon Lemke, Devin won by submission.
“I love the way this kid fights.” - Dana White
From there, Devin signed with the UFC, gaining notoriety, and winning fights on other platforms like the World Series of Fighting, Bellator, and was the previous 155lb NEF professional titleholder.
In 2016, Devin tied his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu blackbelt under Team Roberto Maia of Port City BJJ (Cousin of Renzo Gracies). Representing Boston BJJ, Maia brought BJJ to much of the Northeast. After three years since achieving the blackbelt, Devin is now a first-degree blackbelt under Jay Mansfield and James Deluca of Port City BJJ.
In his Bellator debut on October 26, 2019, at the Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT, Devin locked in a front choke on Marcus Surin 20 seconds before the end of the second round.
Devin won due to technical submission at the end of the second round, when a front choke left Surin unconscious. In-between rounds, a stunned Surin tried to wrestle referee MacDonald, not knowing where he was. Thus, the fight was stopped.
Devin’s unique victory was featured on Sports Center and went viral with over 30 million views across social media.
Devin Powell's Bellator debut had a unique finish
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Prior to owning Nostos, Devin was an instructor for Port City BJJ and the head coach for St. John Preparatory School. Teaching has always been a love of his.
Devin’s ultimate goal is to teach this sport and his passion, to youths and adults, into old age.
(Devin, his daughter Clementine, and wife, Carol Linn.)
In 2020 Nostos MMA was been awarded the #1 Martial Arts gym in the seacoast for the third time.