Nick Newell, an expert blended martial artist lacking the decrease portion of his left arm, will get a shot at a UFC contract this summer season.
The UFC intends to ebook Newell (14-1) to Dana White’s Tuesday Night time Contender sequence in June, White informed ESPN on Wednesday. Newell’s actual struggle date and opponent are but to be decided.
The weekly DWTNCS sequence consists of a handful of stay fights in Las Vegas. On the conclusion of every episode, White and UFC matchmakers supply at the least one contract to a fighter on the cardboard.
Newell, 32, who was born with a congenital amputation, has pursued a UFC contract for years. He and his agent, Ali Abdelaziz, met with White on the UFC headquarters on Monday in Las Vegas, and after some further consideration, White opted to supply him a struggle.
Presently preventing out of West Haven, Connecticut, Newell fought for the WSOF light-weight championship in 2014. He misplaced that bout to defending champ Justin Gaethje, by way of TKO within the second spherical. Gaethje, who’s now with the UFC, has advocated for Newell to get a shot within the Octagon.
A former collegiate wrestler in Massachusetts, Newell has completed 9 of his 14 profession wins by way of submission. His most up-to-date win was a first-round submission over Sonny Luque at LFA 35 in March.
In 2012, White publicly mentioned the UFC had little interest in signing Newell, saying it might be too harmful for him to face UFC-caliber competitors.