March 17, 1986|
Milford, Connecticut, United States
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg)|
|Reach||74.0 in (188 cm)|
|Fighting out of||West Haven, Connecticut, United States|
|Team||Fighting Arts Academy|
|Years active||2009–2015, 2017–present|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Newell was born with congenital amputation of his left arm, which ends just below his elbow. Newell has a very short yet muscular stump of his forearm which he learned from a young age to grasp objects with. Newell, born with his deformity and therefore not needing to adapt or re-learn, joined his high school wrestling team. He thought about quitting after his very first session because it was 'the hardest thing I had done in my life' as he says, but his mother did not allow him to, and instead he worked hard from then on.
Newell has over 300 victories between high school and college in wrestling (if you include non competition matches in college).
His roommate in college was WWE wrestler Curt Hawkins. They would watch The Ultimate Fighter, which was on the same channel right after WWE Raw, and Newell has said this is what inspired him to take up MMA.
Mixed martial arts career
Before turning professional, he amassed an amateur record of 5 wins, 1 loss. He describes his early MMA career as a struggle, not because he could not win, but because other fighters did not want to fight a one armed fighter. The potential opponents who turned down fights against him felt that it would be a lose-lose situation for them, as if they won, it would've been against a one-armed fighter; if they lost, it would've been against a fighter with one arm. As such, finding quality opponents became a struggle for Newell.
Xtreme Fighting Championships
In 2011, Newell signed a multi-fight deal with both Shark Fights and Xtreme Fighting Championships. He was supposed to have made his Shark Fights debut at Shark Fights 19, however an injury resulted in him being left off the card. He had his first bout with XFC at XFC 15: Tribute. The event was renamed 'Tribute' in honour of Nick's friend and fellow XFC signee Abi Mestre, who was killed in a motorcycle accident. Mestre was a close friend and teammate of Newell’s who joined Nick last year at the open tryouts for the XFC.
Newell defeated Denis Hernandez at XFC 15 with a dominant 71 second submission (heel hook) victory. Multiple videos and sources covered the fight, with many videos of the whole fight being posted on multiple MMA websites, as well as being shared across many Facebook and Twitter pages worldwide.
He did an interview with Bleacher Report to talk about the fame he has been getting since his first televised fight at the XFC event. According to him, all the videos of the fight combined have reached around 4,500,000 views.
Newell then defeated Chris Coggins via majority decision in what was Newell's biggest test in his MMA career so far.
Newell defeated David Mays at XFC 19 after landing a big left knee on Mays chin, rendering him unconscious.
He next fought for the vacated XFC Lightweight title at XFC 21 against Bellator veteran Eric Reynolds. Newell won the fight via submission in the first round and took the XFC Lightweight Title in the process.
On June 14, he was scheduled to defend his XFC title against Scott Holtzman, however Newell turned down the fight stating that he only wants to fight ex-UFC fighters. Newell would be stripped of his belt.
World Series of Fighting
On May 28, 2013, Newell signed a multi-fight contract with World Series of Fighting. WSOF President Ray Sefo hinted that Newell will be featured on the upcoming WSOF 4 & 5 cards against an opponent who has yet to be named. On June 20, it was announced that Newell would fight Keon Caldwell at World Series of Fighting 4. He won the fight via submission in the first round.
For his second fight with the promotion, Newell faced Sabah Fadai at World Series of Fighting 7: Karakhanyan vs. Palmer on December 7, 2013. Again, he won the fight via submission in the first round.
On February 13, 2015 it was announced that Newell has signed a new four-fight contract with WSOF.
After his first loss, Newell returned to the promotion on April 10, 2015 at WSOF 20. He faced Joe Condon and won the back-and-forth fight by unanimous decision.
Newell returned to the promotion on October 17, 2015 at WSOF 24. He faced Tom Marcellino and won the back-and-forth bout by unanimous decision. After the fight Newell announced his retirement from MMA.
Legacy Fighting Alliance
Newell came out of retirement on March 9, 2018, when he met Sonny Luque in a lightweight main event at LFA 35 in Houston. The event aired on AXS TV. Newell won the contest via tapout due to Face Crank at 2:10 of the first round.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
On April 25, 2018 it was announced that Newell will be featured on Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series. He faced Alex Munoz on the July 24th edition of the series, and lost the fight by unanimous decision.
Championships and accomplishments
- World Series of Fighting
- 2013 Submission of the Year
- Xtreme Fighting Championships
- XFC Lightweight Championship (One time)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|16 matches||14 wins||2 losses|
|Loss||14–2||Alex Munoz||Decision (unanimous)||Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series 14||July 24, 2018||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||14–1||Sonny Luque||Submission (rear-naked choke)||LFA 35||March 9, 2018||1||2:10||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Win||13–1||Tom Marcellino||Decision (unanimous)||WSOF 24||October 17, 2015||3||5:00||Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States|
|Win||12–1||Joe Condon||Decision (unanimous)||WSOF 20||April 10, 2015||3||5:00||Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States|
|Loss||11–1||Justin Gaethje||TKO (punch)||WSOF 11||July 5, 2014||2||3:09||Daytona Beach, Florida, United States||For the WSOF Lightweight Championship.|
|Win||11–0||Sabah Fadai||Submission (guillotine choke)||WSOF 7||December 7, 2013||1||1:21||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.|
|Win||10–0||Keon Caldwell||Submission (guillotine choke)||WSOF 4||August 10, 2013||1||2:07||Ontario, California, United States.|
|Win||9–0||Eric Reynolds||Submission (rear naked choke)||XFC 21: Night of Champions 2||December 7, 2012||1||1:22||Nashville, Tennessee, United States||Won the XFC Lightweight Championship.|
|Win||8–0||David Mays||KO (knee)||XFC 19: Charlotte Showdown||August 3, 2012||1||2:01||Charlotte, North Carolina, United States|
|Win||7–0||Chris Coggins||Decision (majority)||XFC 17: Apocalypse||April 13, 2012||3||5:00||Jackson, Tennessee, United States||Catchweight (152 lbs) bout.|
|Win||6–0||Denis Hernandez||Submission (heel hook)||XFC 15: Tribute||December 3, 2011||1||1:11||Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Win||5–0||Anthony Kaponis||Submission (armbar)||Cage Titans 5 - Vendetta||June 25, 2011||1||1:01||Boston, Massachusetts, United States|
|Win||4–0||Billy Walsh||Submission (armbar)||Cage Titans 3 - Mayhem||January 28, 2011||1||1:24||Randolph, Massachusetts, United States|
|Win||3–0||Steve Butler||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Triumph Fighter 1 - Supremacy||March 27, 2010||1||1:59||Milford, New Hampshire, United States|
|Win||2–0||John Biasiucci||Submission (rear-naked choke)||ICE Fighter - Christmas Beatdown||December 12, 2009||1||1:31||Worcester, Massachusetts, United States|
|Win||1–0||Daniel Ford||TKO (punch)||CFX 3 - Rumble in the Jungle||June 20, 2009||1||4:20||Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States|
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