If you don’t know Nick Newell, you’ve been living under a rock for the past two years. He’s been fighting since 2009 and in 2012 he signed to the World Series of Fighting as an undefeated pro fighter. He was born a congenital amputee and his ability to overcome the diversity that his condition presented to become an elite level fighter grabbed headlines nationwide.

He last fought at WSOF 11 against Justin Gaethje for the lightweight championship. Following that defeat, there was plenty of backlash from fans and media. When someone has a disadvantage and wins it’s a great story, but when someone is in that situation and looses, it puts an entirely different spin on things. When asked about the back lash Newell responded, “There was more backlash, but none of it was valid. At the end of the day, I’m a human being and I deserve to fight. You win some and you lose some, and I’ve been winning a lot more than I’ve been losing. I fought one of the best guys in the world.”

Following the fight, he tore his MCL and decided to take some time off to rehab it and avoid surgery. On Friday, April 10th he is scheduled to make his return against Joe Condon at WSOF 20.

A portion of Newell’s lay off was due to his injury, but another factor was a contract dispute that he was having with WSOF. After he went public with the issues it was quickly resolved and he was signed to fight again. One of the issues he cited was disagreements he had in the type of match ups he would have and the direction they wanted to go with his development.

Ali Abdel Aziz told Marc Raimondi of mmafighting.com , “He’s an expensive guy. And to be honest with you, I want to give him a fight to get back on track and normally when you have one fight left on your contract, a promoter gives you a fight you can lose. I don’t want to play this game with Nick.”

That issue was resolved and Newell believes that though Joe Condon isn’t a big name, it’s the right fight for him right now. Newell explained, “I honestly think his record is pretty deceiving. I think he is pretty good. After the layoff that I had they could have said anyone. If they said 185 I would have taken it.”

WSOF 20 takes place in Newell’s home state of Connecticut and he is certain to be the crowd favorite. He has plenty of doubters to silence following his last outing and what better setting to do so? When asked about the match up and return he stated, “I’m confident, I feel like I’m better than him everywhere the fight goes. It’s really about me. This fight is really about me. If I go out there and fight to my full potential I’ll be leaving the winner.”


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Michael Davis
Director, Business Development/Senior Staff Writer

Michael Davis is a seasoned professional in the world of finance. In recent years, he has worked for Fortune 500 companies and consulted at one of the largest hedge funds in the world. After working closely with a mixed martial arts management company, he realized he could apply his skills to the sport he loved. The culmination of his professional experience and passion for MMA have led him to his role as Senior Staff Writer and Director of Business Development at The MMA Corner.