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CagePotato Proving Ground: Nick Newell Is Your #1 Contender!


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After locking down the popular vote by a wide margin last week, we’re proud to announce that undefeated lightweight fighter “Notorious” Nick Newell has been crowned the “#1 Contender” in our Proving Ground competition. With his unique personal story, boyish charm, and the fact that he’s never let an opponent survive past the first round, we thought he was the perfect candidate to represent us at Shark Fights 19, September 10th in Independence, Missouri. (Tickets available here.) It’s an opportunity that could bring Nick steady fights for the first time in his career, televised matches, money, power, and fame. Today marks the beginning of that journey, and we’re incredibly psyched to be a part of it.

Keep your eye on the Proving Ground homepage in the coming weeks as we announce Nick’s opponent and release exclusive videos detailing Nick’s preparation for the big fight. Please become a Fan of Nick Newell on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter. Thanks as always to Shark Fights for making this possible; do us a favor and follow them on Facebook and Twitter as well.

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bowsandblows- August 24, 2011 at 1:58 pm
Was watching the Billy Walsh highlight. Sherdog says he is 1-8 and his only win is to a guy who is 0- 20 named Joe Keavey. Wow did anyone look at the opponents records?
cmahon- August 24, 2011 at 9:18 am
Well, congratulations to Nick, but I just want to say that it's pretty embarassing to lose to someone with half as many fights as me...
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Clyde- August 23, 2011 at 10:28 am
Piece of piss, he could beat these guys one handed.
mDino- August 23, 2011 at 10:02 am
Hand up, Chin down. There, i said it.
MMAposeur- August 23, 2011 at 9:18 am
I understand he has an elbow, and should be able to strike with that as normal, but shouldn't he have to have something analogous to a gloves padding on the end of the fore-arm nub?

Dude's got heart for miles but that's going to be a wicked disadvantage when he fights someone who knows how to take advantage of it.
bgoldstein- August 23, 2011 at 8:12 am
@ eDrinker: We have three of his fight videos on the Proving Ground page right now:

http://www.cagepotato.com/proving-ground/round-3/
blackboxmma- August 23, 2011 at 8:10 am
Good luck and watch out for that flying guillotine.
writebastard- August 23, 2011 at 7:54 am
Key to winning: jabs, all day.

But seriously, awesome. Good luck to him.
Fried Taco- August 23, 2011 at 7:41 am
No wonder he won, with all these spammers voting for him. Good luck Nick!
Viva Hate- August 23, 2011 at 7:32 am
No one wants here an Ed Hardy bikini, you'd have better luck spamming at the Jersey Shore message boards.
eDrinker- August 23, 2011 at 6:19 am
Is there any video footage for this fighter, I can watch?
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