Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White announced a trio of new contracts last Tuesday night (July 24, 2018) after his “Contender Series” bouts on the Fight Pass digital network.
Nick Newell wasn’t one of them.
The congenital amputee — who came into his Alex Munoz fight with a 14-1 record — was unable to get his offense going during last night’s broadcast and found himself on the losing end of a unanimous decision.
Don’t write him off just yet.
“I just want to fight in the UFC, but nothing is given,” Newell said after his fight (via MMA Junkie). “All I asked for was a chance. I got my chance, and I didn’t make the most of it. I have it. I know I have it, and I’ve just got to show it. I’m better than what I showed, and I just have to work and get better and improve.”
Newell (14-2) has 11 finishes in 14 wins and is perhaps best known for his run under the now-defunct World Series of Fighting (WSOF) banner roughly three years back, where he feuded with fellow top star (and current UFC lightweight) Justin Gaethje.
The fighter known as “Notorious” campaigned hard for a shot in UFC and despite fan and media support, White was lukewarm to the idea. Then again, he was also steadfast in his decision to keep women out of UFC and we all saw how that turned out.
I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of the 32 year-old Newell.