Nick Newell still unbeaten, wins XFC lightweight title

by Mike Chiappetta | source: mmafighting.com
 

There is little more for Nick Newell to do on the regional mixed martial arts scene. After Friday night, it's apparent that Newell is ready for the major leagues, and should no longer be denied a chance at the sport's highest level. The man who was born with one hand hasn't let the disability stand in the way of his dreams, and neither should any organization let it stand in the way of signing him. Not after Newell needed just 82 seconds to beat Eric Reynolds and capture the XFC lightweight championship.

Newell made it look downright easy, suplexing Reynolds to the mat, and then sinking in a rear naked choke to win the belt.

Reynolds was no gimme opponent. He came in with a 16-5 record and had previously been in the cage with top talent like Eddie Alvarez and Jorge Masvidal, taking each into the third round before losing. Newell defeated him faster than either of those two.

"I was ready for a war, but if you see an opportunity, you take it," Newell said afterward. "I'm an opportunist, that's why I have eight first-round finishes."

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T-Ham site profile image  

12/8/12 4:56 PM by T-Ham

Give Nick a shot. He's earned it.

Loco Lobo site profile image  

12/8/12 2:25 PM by Loco Lobo

Nick is an awesome athlete and a great guy .... BEAST !!

mmavixen site profile image  

12/8/12 2:17 PM by mmavixen

This.   I saw the fight last night and it was hard not to get emotional.  I CAN NOT wait to see this beast of a fighter in the major elagues!!!!

Bad News Garand site profile image  

12/8/12 12:55 PM by Bad News Garand

Hope he gets his shot, he definitely deserves it!

Outlaw'd by Lytle site profile image  

12/8/12 12:19 PM by Outlaw'd by Lytle

What would you rather have given the choice? The dexterity of a hand, plus the use of it when clenched for throwing bungalows or the stump?It's ridiculous to assume this guy has some kind of advantage.He's an inspiration and deserves a shot on merit alone.

einhornisfinkle site profile image  

12/8/12 11:50 AM by einhornisfinkle

This. Means a lot when he gets the respect he deserves.

Kirik site profile image  

12/8/12 11:25 AM by Kirik

Nick can hit with the arm because it is a legal elbow. Nick has proved he is ready for the UFC. He is a tremendous human being, tremendous fighter, and all around credit to the universe.  

AbbeyRoadMe site profile image  

12/8/12 11:17 AM by AbbeyRoadMe

Congrats to Nick. He's a great fighter and I think he's getting better with every fight.

branchdavidian site profile image  

12/8/12 11:10 AM by branchdavidian

and considering joe FRAZIER had better eyesight than big nog, and mino can still get licensed in NV, i say let nick into the big show to wreck some house and knock down some egos - the guy is a fukn beast!

chaplinshouse site profile image  

12/8/12 11:08 AM by chaplinshouse

that stump has gotta be deceiving as hell to an opponent, and i bet he's monkey strong with it.  u can train for elbow strike defense but stump defense has gotta fool people



 

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