Mma | Congenital Amputee, WSOF Vet Nick Newell Ends Retirement, Signs Multi-Fight Deal With LFA

On Monday, Legacy Fighting Alliance announced that the promotion hadsigned Newell to a multi-fight deal, ending his nearly 23-monthretirement. No prospective date or opponent have been announced forNewell’s return bout.

Newell, 31, was born with congenital amputation of his left arm,which ends just below his elbow. He turned pro in June 2009 andracked up a 13-1 pro MMA mark in just over six years ofcompetition. Despite his disability, Newell racked up 10 stoppagesin his career, including eight via submission.

After winning the Xtreme Fighting Championships lightweight titlein December 2012, the Milford, Conn. native made the jump to WorldSeries of Fighting, where he would achieve his greatest success andvisibility. In July 2014, Newell fought undefeated lightweight JustinGaethje for the WSOF lightweight crown and was dominated enroute to a second-round knockout loss at World Series of Fighting11, the promotion’s debut on network television, which aired liveon NBC. He would fight twice more for the promotion, earningunanimous decisions over Joe Condon ,then TomMarcellino , before announcing his retirement.

Newell cited a constellation of injuries, mostly a severe backinjury, as the catalyst for hanging his gloves up.

“My last three camps, I haven’t been able to really show what I’mcapable of. My knowledge is getting higher and I’m getting betterat the sport, but my body isn’t able to keep up the way I used to,”a tearful Newell told immediately following hisOctober 2015 retirement. “I can’t perform like I used to and whenenough is enough, I don’t want to be that guy fighting for apaycheck.”

“It’s time for me to just switch it up and do something else. In myheart, I still love this sport and I love competing, but my bodyjust can’t keep up with it. I can’t do a training camp. I can’t.Too many injuries.”

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