Nick Newell returns from retirement

Monday, September 11, 2017

Nick Newell won eleven fights in a row and the XFC lightweight championship along with it. He next was dropped vs. Justin Gaethje for the WSOF lightweight championship, and bounced back to win two more in WSoF. Then in October of 2015 he retired at age 29 in front of a hometown crowd.

“I don’t want to be a guy that just fights for a paycheck,” he said, nearly overcome with emotion. “I want to be a guy that fights because he loves it. I don’t want to cheat myself of my best performances, and I don’t feel like I’m the fighter I could be, because my body is just not reacting the same way it used to. I just don’t have it in me anymore.”

He opened up FAA-CT in West Haven, Connecticut, and began turning out new fighters. Then the only man to ever defeat him entered the UFC and has made a sizable splash. Now Newell has unretired, and signed with Legacy Fighting Alliance. The date and opponent for his return fight have not been announced.