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Nick Newell, the one-armed fighter who once faced Justin Gaethje, is returning to MMA. Via CombatDocket.com:
Ex WSOF title challenger, and XFC Lightweight Champion Nick Newell has ended a two plus year layoff to sign a multi fight deal with LFA. Newell, a congenital amputee from the elbow down on his left arm has been fighting against the odds his whole life.
Nick was widely considered an inspirational figure, not just to the MMA community but to a wide swath of people who found his success in spite of his amputation astonishing.
Here are extended highlights from his only loss to Justin Gaethje prior to retirement. Besides being more competitive than I recalled, there is also a clearly illegal knee by Gaethje; Newell complained about it afterwards, and it was never addressed by the referee. Considering the mettle Justin Gaethje has since shown against top ten UFC competition, this fight is extremely impressive in retrospect.
Before that, he became XFC champion with this fight:
He’s also known for posting videos of his cats.
We’ve all been there, Cat.
Waxing lyrical for no reason is okay
When a seven-day weight check article meets Charles Dickens: pic.twitter.com/GyO1wWPFG6— Tom Craze (@TomCraze) September 11, 2017
Easy Peasy Lemon Squeazy
Some days I do love the internet.
Hey All. Everyone is asking about Gilbert's leg. Here is a pic today. He is doing A ok. Thank you to all for the support. We feel the love pic.twitter.com/VQpNj7JlTO— KeriMelendez (@KeriMelendez415) September 11, 2017
I’ll admit I chuckled
Will Brooks and Dustin Poirier in the ATT training room
Slips, Rips, and KO Clips
Slip, rip, KO, all in this clip.
nice KO by Gusein Gadzhiev (ProFC) pic.twitter.com/KBGs7KuIrM— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) September 10, 2017
This is my favorite counter
USYK Counterpunch pic.twitter.com/HQYQCMn6OQ— UkraineAtamansBoxing (@UkraineAtamans) September 11, 2017
I did enjoy this fight
Srisaket Sor Rungvisai has to be figher of the year in boxing. His control of Choc in the pocket was masterful. pic.twitter.com/bWlSSBMZIi— AcidHaze (@AcidHaze) September 12, 2017
The Basho is back, and that means Sumo for all you poor souls
This is going to be an awesome boxing match. I cannot wait.
Dear god it's Canelo-GGG fight week pic.twitter.com/vNPZPKrk36— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) September 11, 2017
Beautiful body kick.
Spinning body kick KO— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) September 10, 2017
Konstantin Gluhov KO's Rodney Wallace (Pro FC) pic.twitter.com/a4xkkw2nha
One thing you have to admit about Mike Perry- he can certainly fight.
That’s the lowest lift I’ve ever seen from a knockout knee to the head.
Nasty knee KO by Zalim Ayubov— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) September 10, 2017
(Pro FC) pic.twitter.com/lK2sXTSjTZ
This 2011 footage of Floyd Mayweather Sr., against a kid that decides sucker-punching him is a good idea, is truly wild.
Good Reads and Quick Hits
- Ashlee Evans-Smith wrote what it is like the morning after a loss. She offers some valuable and fascinating insight into a professional fighter’s mindset.
- Ray Borg is angry at people criticizing him for not fighting, saying it wasn’t his choice.
- Demetrious Johnson isn’t sure he’s getting paid after Ray Borg pulled out of their title bout on Saturday
- Watching a fighter deck a referee for not doing his job is surreal
Podcasts and Video
The MMA Hour
Flyin Brian J explains why Conor McGregor is being sued
The Severe MMA lads discuss the latest craic
Here's the soundcloud link to the podcast. Please subscribe. Thanks! https://t.co/GObRroRmWJ— SevereMMA Podcast (@SevereMMAPod) September 11, 2017
The CME podcast
On this CME, we urge Valentina Shevchenko to maybe make a stronger case if she wants to get that mad about losing. https://t.co/ylysFkVeUj— Ben Fowlkes (@benfowlkesMMA) September 11, 2017
Folks, don't let this be a distraction. pic.twitter.com/tET8q0USG8— Slade (@Slade) September 12, 2017
I hope Floridians are okay...
rest of the world: prayers go out to the citizens of florida they need all the support they can get during this horrific event— cooper saussy (@soopcaus) September 7, 2017
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