The undefeated lightweight and congenital amputee has been added to the WSOF 7 event on Dec. 7, 2013 at the PNE Agrodome in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, according to a report from SI.com on Wednesday.
The 27 year old, who also goes by the nickname of "Notorious" was the topic of fan conversation following his WSOF 4 debut in August, when he submitted Keon Caldwell (9-2) with a modified guillotine choke just two minutes into the first round.
May I remind you that Newell (10-0), who's missing his left hand and forearm just below the elbow joint, accomplished this feat with ONE ARM.
I was in the audience that night, and it was absolutely a sight to be seen.
The bout aired live on NBC Sports Network, earning the budding promotion's biggest ratings to date and scoring a spot on ESPN's Top 10 Countdown, a rare feat for anyone in MMA. Thus explaining why Newell is already entering a WSOF cage for the second time.
WSOF President Ray Sefo told Sports Illustrated that Newell has attracted the most media interest of any fighter on the promotion's roster, which explains the organization's decision to get him back into the cage in such a short amount of time.
Sefo also added that Newell has two or three fights left on his WSOF contract.
Newell will face Sabah Fadai (7-2), who will be making his promotion debut. The formidable "Persian Warrior" is a member of Mamba MMA and also studies under Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and ONE FC Bantamweight Champion Bibiano Fernandes, who is in action later this weekend.
WSOF 7 will also include a light heavyweight bout between former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and Strikeforce fighters Anthony Johnson vs. Mike Kyle in its main event and will air live on the NBC Sports Network on Dec. 7.
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