Nick Newell: Does He Deserve a Shot in the UFC?
If you don't know who Nick Newell is, you need to hit up YouTube immediately and watch as much film on him as you can.
Newell is an undefeated mixed martial artist who has only one arm. Last night Newell moved his record to 8-0 as a professional, knocking out opponent Adam David Mays with a brutal knee that left the former Marine limp in the cage at XFC 19.
This is just another impressive win by the handicapable MMA fighter in a string of impressive outings. Coming into this fight, Newell was riding the momentum of one knockout win, five submissions and a decision victory.
This raises an interesting question now—does Newell deserve a shot in the UFC to try and make a bigger name for himself?
I, for one, am a supporter of this, as it would do great things for the sport and Newell himself.
Newell is a lightweight. As he is the unique fighter he is, it has been reported that it is tough for him to find fights because of his physical condition. While this is sad, it is unfortunately understandable.
Now that he has shown his devastating arsenal, a call from the UFC would be perfect. There, when Joe Silva calls you with a fight, you take it. This could be extremely helpful to Newell.
Newell is not the first one-armed professional athlete looking to make the big time. If you remember back in the day, one-armed pitcher Jim Abbott was a great Major League Baseball pitcher.
With that, it is not hard to see Newell eventually making the UFC. After his latest knockout win, why not give him a chance? He has skills and great marketability to make it big.
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