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6/19/09 8:45 AM
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Like any mixed martial artist just beginning his pro career, Nick Newell has big dreams.

He wants to go as far as his mind can imagine, win a few belts, make some nice paydays, fight in a big promotion like DREAM, Strikeforce, even the UFC.

But Newell won't only have to overcome opponents to get there; he'll have to overcome a physical disability. The 23-year-old lightweight fighter, who will be making his pro debut this Saturday at a Cage Fighting Xtreme show in Plymouth, Mass., was born without a left hand. His arm ends just below the elbow.

"That's every fighter's goal, you know? To fight for the UFC," he said. "I think it'd be great. Regardless of whether I have a disability or not, I always want to win and be the best."

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6/19/09 9:11 AM
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 Kyle Maynard bashing posts in 3...2...1...



TTT for this kid and anyone who loves the sport!
6/19/09 9:23 AM
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Morgz -  Kyle Maynard bashing posts in 3...2...1...



TTT for this kid and anyone who loves the sport!

 You stole my thunder. Just for that, no KM pics.
6/19/09 9:38 AM
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Powerful right hand, elusive left.
6/19/09 9:45 AM
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Newell trains with UGer Andrew Calendrelli.

Kid was an all-state wrestler in high school and captained his college wrestling team. Must be a tough dude.
6/19/09 9:58 AM
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 He has a brutal guillotine.
6/19/09 10:10 AM
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Kirik -  He has a brutal guillotine.


You've seen him compete?
6/19/09 10:12 AM
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how bout him vs. kyle? no joke dead serious, how much does the kid weigh?
6/19/09 10:12 AM
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how bout him vs. kyle? no joke dead serious, how much does the kid weigh?
6/19/09 10:14 AM
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He'd have to lose an arm and two legs to be Kyles weight.
6/19/09 10:24 AM
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takedownandsub - how bout him vs. kyle? no joke dead serious, how much does the kid weigh?


Newell fights at 155. If I remember correctly, Kyle fought at 135.
6/19/09 11:20 AM
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Kirik -  He has a brutal guillotine.
He learned it from this guy:
6/19/09 11:20 AM
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 Nick is a straight up badass, I've seen him fight in some amateur shows and he definitely has a big future ahead of him.
6/19/09 1:32 PM
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6/19/09 2:13 PM
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takedownandsub - how bout him vs. kyle? no joke dead serious, how much does the kid weigh?


Newell fights at 155. If I remember correctly, Kyle fought at 135.
I can't speak for Kyle, but from what I do know of him, I can't imagine him turning anything down as long as it is reasonable. I know on his first fight he just wanted to fight, no matter who the opponent was.  I don't think he cares for anything with "freak show" type feel to it -- sounds like this kid would be the same.  Just two guys that love the sport and want to compete.
 

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