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Old 08-11-2013, 01:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Incredible moment one-handed MMA fighter wins his tenth consecutive pro fight

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A one-handed fighter is taking mixed martial arts by storm.
Currently undefeated as a professional, Nick Newell is defying the odds and finding more believers with each passing fight. He is 10-0 after winning his Saturday fight against Keon Caldwell by submission.
Newell has won all but one of his fights by either knockout or submission.
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Remarkable: Nick Newell is 10-0 despite fighting with only one hand
Remarkable: Nick Newell is 10-0 despite fighting with only one hand
Newell, 27, was born missing a left hand. His arm ending just below his elbow, Newell has refused to let it define him.
In the Caldwell fight, Newell forced the seasoned pro to tap out only 2:07 into the first round with a choke hold.

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‘I had a bunch of ways I thought I would beat him and this was one of them,’ Newell said in a post-fight interview.
Seemingly having a great advantage over the one-handed Newell, Caldwell was put a scare into Newell before succumbing to the one-handed fighter’s deft takedowns and gritty determination. Newell dropped him to the mat on multiple occasions before applying the winning choke-hold by using his less-defined left arm as leverage while clenching it with his right hand.
Confident: Newell has won all 10 of his professional fights
Confident: Newell has won all 10 of his professional fights
‘I came out there to put on a good show,’ Newell said after the match. ‘He was a lot quicker and stronger than I thought he'd be.’
The 155-pound congenital amputee earned a berth in World Series of Fighting’s lightweight tournament. He was the lightweight champion at Xtreme Fighting Championship, which he left for WSOF earlier this year.
An all-state high school wrestler in Connecticut, Newell holds the state record with 53 wins, according to his Facebook fan page.
Winning move: This choke hold won Newell the fight, earning him a shot at the World Series of Fighting lightweight title later this year
Winning move: This choke hold won Newell the fight, earning him a shot at the World Series of Fighting lightweight title later this year

Not content to settle, Newell has his sights set on joining UFC, the most lucrative MMA organization.
The inspiring fighter told ESPN earlier this year that he ‘hopes UFC President Dana White sees a fighter who is hard to take down and has a solid chin, precise kicks and a loaded right hand.’
Telling ESPN that ‘the best in the world fight in the UFC, and let me tell you, it's tough with two arms and two legs,’ White didn’t yet sound convinced.
Newell's ascendance as a congenital amputee isn't unprecedented. Major League Pitcher Jim Abbot carved out a 10-year MLB career as a starting pitcher, most notably for the California Angels and New York Yankees. Abbott even pitched a no-hitter for the Yankees in 1993 and even more remarkably had two career hits.
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Undeterred, Newell looks forward to his next bout, the second title shot in the two leagues he’s fought in.
‘I know what it’s like to be at the bottom,’ Newell said after the Caldwell fight. ‘Now I’m at the top and I’m not letting anyone take it away from me.’


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This fight blew my mind. I was really surprised by how well Newell is able to use the arm with the amputation. He somehow manages to get a great grip with that arm. Its pretty impressive.
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It was extremely impressive.
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I've seen Nicks last 4 fights and the kid is a beast. It's amazing what he can do. I love to watch him fight, and he has a great attitude.
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He was born with his arm the way it is people. Of course he's going to be skilled with it. My boss was in a motorcycle accident 20-25 years ago and lost the use of his left arm entirely. That mothereffer can still tie a tie, fish, shoot guns, tuck his shirt in, and anything else you can think of with just the one.

On topic, I think Nick will make his way to the big show eventually. He won't have as hard of a time as the girls did imo I'm definitely a fan.
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Here's the video if ya havn't seen it yet. Dude is explosive.
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I admire him, but honestly, I don't feel good watching. That is another category IMO. It's Para-MMA. I know he is tough and skilled as hell, but I wouldn't feel good having to fight him just like he was any other fighter. It would be like even myself would prefer the guy winning over me.

Back (Way back...) in the day, Jean Jacques Machado was a tough talented SOB himself missing half a hand, but this guy lacks a whole forearm. Do they account that for the weigh ins (honest question, I swear)?
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I admire him, but honestly, I don't feel good watching. That is another category IMO. It's Para-MMA. I know he is tough and skilled as hell, but I wouldn't feel good having to fight him just like he was any other fighter. It would be like even myself would prefer the guy winning over me.

Back (Way back...) in the day, Jean Jacques Machado was a tough talented SOB himself missing half a hand, but this guy lacks a whole forearm. Do they account that for the weigh ins (honest question, I swear)?
I think people just work off of the assumption that the lost limb is a disability, so the extra strength he probably carries into the cage is just sort of an equalizer. I was wondering how much a forearm and hand weigh on a person that size while I watched this last night.
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Nick is very inspiring and impressive, I always am looking for him to get a W.

However I have to say that guy has terrible choke defense and it had nothing to do with newel. Nick had no control over the body and the guy still just sat there and tapped. Nicks previous fight with the standing rnc was more impressive imo.

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I don't think a fight like that is fair for many discrepancies. The handicapped guy enters already with most of the people cheering for him - understandable - but unfair to the other guy. He also enters with the perfect excuse to lose. Unfair as well.

If there are clear disadvantages for him to fight with only one arm, for sure there are advantages as well. He is used to fight like that and while other fighters are subject to suffer injuries in that area, he is not - Vitor fought with a broken hand - a broken hand aches like hell, a missing hand does not. That's why the participation of double leg amputee Oscar Pistorius in the Olympic Games was so full of controversy. A simple blister on a toe could take a normal athlete out of the competition while he needed not to worry about that at all... or cramps.

Different categories is all what I mean.
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