“I’ve Never Looked at Myself as the One Handed Fighter” – Nick Newell Looking to Inspire Fans With His New Movie

Published 08/10/2021, 12:35 PM EDT


Nick Newell is one of the most well-respected fighters in the entire MMA community. Despite being a physically disabled athlete, Newell can still maul his opponents in his professional MMA bouts. As a result, he has inspired many people around the globe. And he hopes to do the same with his upcoming film named ‘Notorious Nick’.

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Newell has a spectacular professional MMA record of 16-4. He is an elite submission grappler having over 68% of his victories coming in this manner (11 Submissions out of 16). He is a former XFC Lightweight Champion.

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As aforementioned, Newell has accomplished a lot of success in his professional MMA career. Everyone who has witnessed his MMA journey gets motivated to go out and make their dreams into reality. Thus, he aims for his film to have the same impact on the viewers.

In a recent interview with ‘MMA Fighting’, Newell talked about his championship mentality while sharing his thoughts on his upcoming film.

Newell said – “I have never looked at myself as the one-handed fighter. I am a legitimate fighter that happens to only have one hand”.

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‘Notorious’ Nick on obstacles

Newell has faced several obstacles not only in his professional MMA career but also in life. However, he never gave up and just walked through all of those hurdles to become one of the most well-respected MMA athletes. 

In the same interview, Newell said – “I realize everyone faces obstacles. And people can see that I am facing obstacles, and relate to me on a personal level based on whatever obstacles they are facing”.

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Nick Newell – Professional MMA career

He made his professional MMA debut in 2009. In his MMA career, he was undefeated for five years (2009 to 2013), in which he also claimed the XFC Lightweight Championship title by defeating Eric Reynolds at XFC 21. 

After becoming the champion, Newell left XFC to fight for the ‘World Series of Fighting’ (WSOF). In WSOF, he claimed two back-to-back wins and faced the former UFC interim lightweight champion Justin Gaethje, who was then reigning WSOF lightweight champion. 

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The pair clashed at WSOF 11 back on July 5, 2014, where Newell suffered his first professional loss via TKO in the second round. However, he immediately turned his skid and claimed three consecutive victories. Now, Newell is fighting in Bellator.

Newell is for sure an inspiration to all of those who have followed him throughout his journey. He is a force to be reckoned with in MMA. 

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What do you make of what Nick Newell had to say? Is he one of the most inspiring MMA athletes around the globe?

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Arman Khan

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Arman Khan is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He began following combat sports when Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor competed in 'The Money Fight' in 2017. 'The Notorious' attracted Arman to the UFC and he became an ardent fan of professional fighting as he could draw parallels with the action from his combat sports experience and break down techniques such as striking and striking defense lucidly for the casual fans.

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