Nick Newell, a one-armed, undefeated MMA fighter with a perfect 3-0 professional record, spoke recently to MMAJunkie.com.
"All the people who say, 'Oh he can get hurt' are right; I can get hurt, but so can everybody else who does MMA. I'm a smart guy with a college degree. I wouldn't put myself in a situation that I knew I couldn't handle. I'm not just going to be a good fighter for someone with one hand. I'm not shooting for mediocrity or to prove that people with handicaps can do things because that's already been proven. I compete to (be) one of the best in the world."
On his mother:
"The first practice was just about the hardest thing I had done in my life. But she told me I wasn't allowed to quit. I can't imagine what would've happened if she had let me."
On training at Fighting Arts Academy:
"They didn't treat me any differently, and that's what I wanted."
On finding opponents (by FAA head trainer Jeremy Libiszewski)
"He should've had at least three more fights by now, but people back out on him or just won't take the fight. I had a manager call me and say, 'I don't want my guy losing to the guy who has one arm.'"
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