One-armed MMA fighter Nick Newell

by mike chiappetta | source: mma.fanhouse.com
 

Like any mixed martial artist just beginning his pro career, Nick Newell has big dreams.

He wants to go as far as his mind can imagine, win a few belts, make some nice paydays, fight in a big promotion like DREAM, Strikeforce, even the UFC.

But Newell won't only have to overcome opponents to get there; he'll have to overcome a physical disability. The 23-year-old lightweight fighter, who will be making his pro debut this Saturday at a Cage Fighting Xtreme show in Plymouth, Mass., was born without a left hand. His arm ends just below the elbow.

"That's every fighter's goal, you know? To fight for the UFC," he said. "I think it'd be great. Regardless of whether I have a disability or not, I always want to win and be the best."

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Morgz site profile image  

6/19/09 2:13 PM by Morgz

I can't speak for Kyle, but from what I do know of him, I can't imagine him turning anything down as long as it is reasonable. I know on his first fight he just wanted to fight, no matter who the opponent was.  I don't think he cares for anything with "freak show" type feel to it -- sounds like this kid would be the same.  Just two guys that love the sport and want to compete.  

Zedlepln site profile image  

6/19/09 11:20 AM by Zedlepln

He learned it from this guy:

Brian McLaughlin site profile image  

6/19/09 11:20 AM by Brian McLaughlin

 Nick is a straight up badass, I've seen him fight in some amateur shows and he definitely has a big future ahead of him.

LesnarPWNSNog site profile image  

6/19/09 11:13 AM by LesnarPWNSNog

Rickson by armbar

themstiles site profile image  

6/19/09 10:24 AM by themstiles

Newell fights at 155. If I remember correctly, Kyle fought at 135.

CaSz site profile image  

6/19/09 10:19 AM by CaSz

Nick Newell > Kyle Maynard via AXE KICKS FROM HELL!!

The Destroyer88 site profile image  

6/19/09 10:14 AM by The Destroyer88

He'd have to lose an arm and two legs to be Kyles weight.

takedownandsub site profile image  

6/19/09 10:12 AM by takedownandsub

how bout him vs. kyle? no joke dead serious, how much does the kid weigh?

takedownandsub site profile image  

6/19/09 10:12 AM by takedownandsub

how bout him vs. kyle? no joke dead serious, how much does the kid weigh?