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Justin Gaethje, top ten UFC lightweight and the only man to beat one-handed fighter Nick Newell in the cage, says his erstwhile opponent deserves a shot in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Sure, he might lose, says Gaethje- but not because of a disability. He will lose because all fighters lose. That’s a part of the sport, part of MMA fighters being, in Gaethje’s philosophy, modern-day gladiators.

It’s hard to argue with Gaethje’s reasoning here. Newell’s record at 14-1 is better than many regional fighters who get a UFC shot. Dana White is on record saying he won’t ever let Newell fight in the Octagon. Yet, the UFC allow fighters with physical ailments and even disabilities to compete all the time. Michael Bisping can only see out of one eye. GSP had colitis and still competed. Fighters like Urijah Hall have nearly died during weight cuts and still been booked to compete again. Stefan Struve had a heart condition and panic attacks and was cleared to fight.

But, as Gaethje says, mma fans and critics are unforgiving. What say you?


Does Nick Newell deserve a UFC shot?

This poll is closed

  • 87%
    Yes- he’s done enough
    (772 votes)
  • 4%
    No- he’s got more to prove first
    (38 votes)
  • 7%
    He should never be allowed in the UFC
    (70 votes)
880 votes total Vote Now


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