Nick Newell on the Rebound

May 24, 2019

After a failed bid to earn an Ultimate Fighting Championship contract last summer, Nick Newell will return to the cage on May 31 at Classic Entertainment and Sports 56 just an hour away from his hometown at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.

Following nine years in the sport, including a 4-1 run in the now defunct World Series of Fighting, Newell, 33, was finally given a chance to earn a roster spot in the UFC. On Episode 6 of the Season 2 of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contenders Series, Newell faced off with Alex Munoz. After three hard fought rounds, Newell could not reach his ultimate fighting endgame, losing the bout by unanimous decision.

It could have been a crushing defeat for him psychologically, but “Notorious” views the loss as a bump in the road in eventually earning a shot with the biggest stage in mixed martial arts.

“Plenty of people lose their UFC debut, and come back and be the champion,” Newell told Sherdog. “People have lost on ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ and went and become the champion. It [was] just not my night, but I know where I stand, I know what I’m capable of, and I know what’s going to happen. And I’m going to be on a big show.”

Having won 14 of his 16 career fights, many wondered why Newell has yet to get an opportunity in promotions like the UFC or Bellator MMA. For a long time he once wondered the same, however those days are now long over.

“I don’t care. I’m done complaining,” says Newell. “[Now] it’s just about making the right move. I’m going to go fight for the league that I think is best to fight for, and I’m going to go with what’s best for me, and who wants me.”

Along with talking about bouncing back from his loss in July, Newell discussed if there was any interest from other major promotions in the nine months since his last fight and why he decided to sign with CES, being a new fighting father and much more in this exclusive video interview.


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