Sunday, March 11, 2018

The world is slowly waking up to what we have known in New England for years – Nick Newell belongs in the UFC. On Friday he returned to the sport after taking a break in 2015, and tapped Sonny Luque with a neck crank at 2:10 of Round 1 in the main event at Legacy Fighting Alliance 35 in Houston, Texas.

Afterward he was blunt about his goals.

“Life is a cold hard place. It will chew you up and spit you out,” said Newell, as transcribed by Alexander K. Lee for MMA Fighting. “But if you make it your bitch, you can do anything. You can either become a victim of circumstances or you can create your own. I’m out here, I’m creating my own circumstances.

“I’m one of the best fighters in the world and I belong in the UFC. That’s it. That’s final. I gave you 14 reasons why I belong in the UFC. I’m one of the best fighters in the world and I proved it 14 times.”

The reference is to Newell’s 14-1 record. The sole loss on his record is to Justin Gaethje, who then made a monster splash in the UFC.

UFC Dana White is on record as opposing Newell’s entry into the UFC, explicitly citing the congenital amputation of his left arm, which ends just below his elbow.

“It’s hard to fight with two arms,” said White.” Fighting with one arm is just craziness to me.”

However, White also was asked when women would fight in the UFC and he replied, “Never.” Then he repeated himself. He later described adding women to the UFC was the single best decision he ever made.

Adding Nick Newell to the UFC would be a great decision.

Image courtesy of Rich Burmaster/Legacy Fighting Alliance