Nick Newell 32-year-old a one-handed fighter who racked up an impressive 14-1 record in the World Series of Fighting (WSOF), and the Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA). His only loss came to former World Series of Fighting lightweight champion and UFC lightweight contender Justin Gaethje.
Newell has long tried to get to the UFC roaster now he is one step closer to that goal, on Wednesday ESPN’s Brett Okamoto reported that UFC president Dana white offered one-armed competitor Newell a shot at upcoming Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series card in June.
Nick Newell will get a shot at a UFC contract. Per Dana White, he'll be offered a fight on the Tuesday Night Contender Series in June.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) April 26, 2018
Its a positive change as UFC offering Newell a shot if he scores a victory that would most likely earn Newell a long-awaited chance in the Octagon. In 2013, White announced at a press conference that Nick Newell would never fight under the UFC banner.
Newell’s MMA manager Ali Abdelaziz made things possible and got Nick a deal as per MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani.
Newell’s team are very happy with the offer. White didn’t want to meet with him for years, but they finally did on Monday and hit it off. Newell’s new manager Ali Abdelaziz was instrumental in setting up the meeting. He deserves credit for getting this one done.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) April 26, 2018
“I want to thank Dana White, Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard for believing in me and giving me a shot,” Newell told MMAFighting.com. “I still have to go out there and deliver. I’m grateful for the opportunity.”
Nick retired from the sport in late 2015 due to injuries, returns at LFA 35 in March and scores a first-round submission win over Sonny Luque.