Nick ‘The Notorious’ Newell (14-1) is a congenital amputee hence known as a one-armed fighter. However in his own words he’s not a one-armed fighter, he’s just a fighter who happens to have one arm. Newell has rightly proved the fact that the only limitations are the one which you put on yourselves.
However in a week, it’s go time for Newell as he gets his shot to make it into the UFC via Dana White’s Tuesday night Contender series against undefeated Alex Munoz on June 24. Newell’d decade long quest to make into the UFC will depend on this particular fight. Newell understands the magnitude of the moment.
“I know where I stand in this sport, and I know that there’s going to be a lot of eyes on me,” Newell said Monday on The MMA Hour, “and if I win, it’s going to be bigger than anyone else that’s ever won on the show, and if I lose, it’s going to be worse than anyone that has ever gotten it on the show. And I know that. And I knew that going into camp, and I knew that when I accepted the fight. So, for me, that was extra motivation to make sure that everything goes right and I’m on-point for this fight. And I’m telling you, it’s going to be something else next Tuesday. It’s really going to be something else.
“I had a full camp, all 100-percent focused around me, everything that I did was watched and looked over and revised or corrected, and I just feel the best I’ve ever felt going into a fight and the most confident I’ve ever felt going into a fight.”
Win or lose, Newell is taking the opportunity in stride as he is well versed in handling tuff circumstances.
“I’ve lost so many times in wrestling and life that I’ve learned, it’s made me appreciate winning that much more, and it’s made me learn how to do everything right to make sure you do win, and it’s helped me keep a level head,” Newell said. “And the better man is going to win. The better man is going to win on this day. And nothing against him, it’s just that I’m ready, and I’m ready to really put on a show. I think I’m going to surprise a lot of people, and I’m going to certainly surprise him. People say this all the time, this is the most cliché thing that anyone ever says, ever — you’ve never fought anyone like me. You can’t train for someone like me. Every fighter says that, but how many fighters is that true for?”