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‘Proving Ground’ Finalist of the Day: Nick Newell Is Tired of You Ducking Him

(Please don’t bust on my shaky interviewing skills for this one; we can’t all be Helwani.)

While in Boston for CagePotato’s first (and last) UFC Fan Expo appearance, I had the opportunity to meet Nick Newell, an undefeated lightweight fighter from Massachusetts. After teaching me how to use my microphone, Newell discussed how he got into MMA, and the advantages and disadvantages of being a congenital amputee. The worst part about having one hand? Nobody wants to fight you. Here’s what he told us last year:

The last five fights I’ve trained for, I’ve only gotten to do two of them, from people pulling out. Last time I was supposed to fight a guy and he never even showed up to weigh-ins. So it’s real hard for me to get fights. I’m not picky with who I fight, I’ll take whoever. And I feel like a lot of leagues are afraid to use me, because they don’t want to be labeled as a ‘freak show’ match. But it’s not like that at all. I train probably harder than anyone else, and I dedicate my life to this.”

For the five men who were actually brave enough to step into the cage with Nick in professional fights…well, they lost. Nick has finished all of his opponents in the first round, submitting the last four in under two minutes. And yet he still can’t find regular work in this sport — which is why a contract with Shark Fights would be so important for his career.

Visit Nick’s Proving Ground page to watch him demolish three of his past opponents, and click his Facebook “Like” button if you want to see him represent at Shark Fights 19!

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XENOPHON- August 19, 2011 at 12:38 pm
First time I've seen you an film, you come across as intelligent, something few interviewers do.
I got one suggestion, consider ditch'n the purple and all shimmery colors from you closet.
Nick Newell rocks.
I know Newell is Pro, and Karma has decided to stay amateur, yet I think he and Karma should have a non-sanctioned match.
Newell can use the experience, and Karma will find out if he can mentally look past the handicapped fighter and know that he can bring it 100% when the cage is closed and the skin hits the deck.
Look at it this way, in 310 BCE the Campanians, along with the Etruscan and Romans - the original cage fighters had to dispatch the elderly, women, and kids of all sorts before they could jump from the "B" to "A" leagues.
If Karma can do the same to Newell, he's ready to for the Major leagues in my opinion.
Newell if your reading this, best of luck. I have a close friend with twice your disability. I'll attest he's gotten outside the line-up and ridden waves over 15', more than once leaped from a stage into the pit while Bad Religion, Circle Jerks, Crass, Dead Kennedy's, Exploited, GBH, Minor Threat, Social Distortion, and Suicidal Tendencies tore the house down, and that fucker can snap a finger in half with his toes. Matter of fact he even drove over 12 beach side parking meters before the heat could catch and pinch him for a DUI.
Other's will find you an inspiration.
manutdfan- August 19, 2011 at 8:19 am
My instructor fought this guy at a NAGA event a few years ago. Really hard to put a guy in a brabo choke when his arm's half the length you're used to.