Nick Newell Unlikely to Find a Home on UFC Roster

December 28, 2012
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Nick Newell XFCBy now just about everybody in the world has heard or read about the amazing story that is MMA fighter Nick Newell.

Newell was born with only one arm, but has managed to put together an incredibly impressive streak of wins in his MMA career, currently sitting with a perfect 9-0 record, with 8 wins coming by way of submission or knockout.

The Connecticut born fighter recently wrapped up his first major title when he won the XFC lightweight strap in early December, and just about everybody started to wonder if he would one day end up in the UFC.

As amazing as Newell’s story truly is, UFC President Dana White just isn’t sure he’ll ever have a home in the Octagon.

“Never, no,” White answered when asked if he would consider bringing Newell into the UFC fold.

White admitted he didn’t know a lot about the opponents that Newell had beaten to get to his 9-0 record, but going undefeated on the local circuits versus competing against the best of the best in the UFC is a whole different animal.

“It’s hard to fight here with two arms,” said White. “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.”

The question was raised about Newell possibly earning his way into the UFC with an appearance on the Ultimate Fighter reality show, but White isn’t sure he’d even be licensed to fight in the state of Nevada, much less competing in any given season.

“Will the state of Nevada let him fight? Will the state of California let him fight? Would some of these bigger athletic commissions let him fight? Maybe he can get away with that in some of these other states. I don’t know, fighting with one arm is just craziness to me,” said White.

Judging by Newell’s determination to not only overcome his perceived handicap, it’s not likely he’s going to back down from his dream of one day fighting inside the Octagon. He’s changed plenty of people’s minds up till now, so what’s one more with convincing Dana White he deserves a place amongst the best fighters in the world.

  • Corey Hutton

    9-0 isn’t hard when no one wants to be nubbed.

  • Joey

    The UFC is all about making money and ratings as evident of the Chael Sonnen/Jon Jones Ultimate fighter on the horizon and now the GSP/Nick Diaz fight. Nick Newell would be a huge ratings boost to a TUF season maybe not to the extent of Kimbo Slice but the prospect of seeing a one armed man compete against some decent LHW’s would draw some viewers.

    If Dana doesn’t think he could hang with the other contestants then maybe he needs to watch a few of his fights. He just beat a guy in a little over a minute that it took Eddie Alvarez over three rounds to beat. Not to say that’s the best comparison but to say he wouldn’t be able to compete with the mediocre people that have been on TUF recently, is pretty ludicrous. Not mention he looks better and better every time he has fought over the last few years.

  • b-soc

    Its a slippery slope for the commissions. Fighter safety is always fight and foremost and in the higher levels of MMA, can someone with one arm defend himself properly? What if he gets seriously injured? A fighter fully able bodied who passes all medicals can take that risk. Every fight starts standing. I’m not making these one sided questions. I’m just saying this is what the commissions have to consider. Ocsar Pistorius ran in the Olympics with prosthetic legs, but the biggest danger for him was tripping. Big difference in a guy trying to take you out. I have all the respect in the world for Nick and what he has done, no matter if the oppenents were cans or high level. He’s earned my respect.

  • Shlub

    Dana must not think he is a “complete” fighter. Lol

    • hedkikk

      not funny to pick on someone with a disability

      • yes it is

        It wouldn’t be funny if the guy were terrible in his sport but you look more like a douchebag for calling him “someone with a disability” I mean… he’s 9-0?! I don’t think he’s disabled at all… he’s just missing an arm!

  • Toho red

    This is Dana spouting off a fighter that he knows nothing about. He here’s Nick has one arm and he assumes that he is missing his entire arm, which is not the case. He started out with the same opinion about women in the UFC and look how that turned out. As long as Nick keeps beating guys like he is now he will end up on Dana and Joe Silva’s radar. The UFC is too much of a marketing machine to pass signing him if he continues on his current path.

    The only thing that might hold him back at this point is the level of competition XFC put’s in front of him. Beating Eric Reynolds proved he is a real fighter not some freakshow and now XFC needs to make sure they keep his competition on par or better than Reynolds. I’m not sure the terms of his contract with XFC but I think it’s time for his management to start looking at their next move. They gave Nick a great opportunity but I think he will hit the roof there in his next few fights and it will be time to move to the next level.

    • shakejunt

      so you’re comparing a woman that fights to a man with a physical disability? who’s off-base now?

      • Toho red

        No i’m comparing Dana’s negative opinion on one subject to his negative opinion towards another subject. The point I was trying to make was Dana tends to say one thing as if that’s his permanent last thought on that subject yet changes his outlook overtime.

  • Milosc

    I hope he keeps winning

  • Dick

    Boo….Dana White – can you be more open minded?…if not, then I am sad for you Dana White

    • shakejunt

      it’s not him being insensitive you re-re, it’s him being concerned about what it makes the ufc look like. yes the guy can fight, but it’ll only generate bad media when someone throws a right high kick and puts him out.

  • dd

    he proved he can fight so why not..why is he discriminating against handicap people..

  • hedkikk

    thats what dana white does he forces fighters like nick newell 2 prove him wrong. i hope he ignores dana white and keeps winning

  • shakejunt

    curious what bjorn would say

    • cotton mouth

      That’s hilarious! Good one. First off who cares. Second, rebney can’t do anything without spike approval I’m sure. Its more like what would spike TV say…….

  • Manny

    @Shlub Nick Newell would beat your ass so I don’t know why your clowning.

  • scott

    his reaction is normal for someone whos never seen this kid fight. hes a beast and he will continue to take dudes out untill he reaches his goal of getting a shot at the ufc. Nicks a bad ass.