By Adam Martin
It’s possible that a one-handed fighter may compete in the UFC’s Octagon sometime in 2013.
This week during a media scrum ahead of UFC 155, UFC president Dana White said that one-handed fighter Nick Newell – who is undefeated and moving up in competition on the regional circuit quickly – probably wouldn’t be signed by the UFC, and one of the reasons was that White felt that the bigger athletic commissions like Nevada and California wouldn’t license him.
Turns out he was wrong.
According to the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s Keith Kizer in an e-mail, Newell was already licensed to compete in the state a few years ago, and that if he wanted to be relicensed for 2013, Kizer didn’t see any issues.
“We licensed Mr. Newell a couple years ago but he ended up not competing here,” Kizer wrote.
“I see no issues with licensing him in 2013.”
Kizer also mentioned in the e-mail to remember that Newell is not one-armed, but rather one-handed.
Newell is 9-0 and won the XFC lightweight championship in his last fight. He has finished eight of his opponents – six via submission, two via knockout – and in his last outing picked up his biggest win to date, a submission victory over Bellator veteran Eric Reynolds. With another win or two against a name fighter, there really should be no holding Newell back from the UFC, and now that Kizer has cleared the way for him to be licensed, that can’t be used an excuse anymore.
As for Newell? He tweeted White himself yesterday and quoted Nick Diaz:
“Don’t be scared homie,” he wrote to White.
Maybe not the best way to go about it but it’s clear Newell is trying to attracting attention to himself and in that sense, he’s doing a good job.
What are your thoughts?