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Midnight Mania! One-armed fighter Nick “Notorious” Newell returning to MMA after two year retirement

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Nick Newell, the one-armed fighter who once faced Justin Gaethje, is returning to MMA. Via

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.

He never took that view of himself.

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.

When is life #GatosDeNewell #catsofinstagram #instacat #catstgram #catbreading #cats

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