"At the end of the day, you've gotta realize that life's not fair," said undefeated WSoF lightweight Nick Newell, who was born with a congenital amputation - his left arm stops just past the elbow.
"Sometimes you start a little further back from the starting line. And you're going to have to work a little bit harder, and push it faster to get to the finish. I'm willing to put in the work, to compensate for other things, to get ahead, to get to where I want to be."
Like most professional fighters, Newell wants to be in the UFC. However, UFC president Dana White has expressed serious misgivings about the possibility.
"Never, no," White said when asked about bringing Newell into the UFC. "It's hard to fight here with two arms. It's tough. There's guys that we bring in that are considered top guys on The Ultimate Fighter that don't ever really pan out and make it."
That said, White had an identical response in 2010 when asked about women in the UFC - he said "never." And then Ronda Rousey came up, and became one of the leagues top draws, and WMMA in general became so popular that another women's weight division is being added.
Until White comes around, Newell is going to do what he does best - keep winning.
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