Two years of retirement was apparently too long for Nick Newell. It was announced today that Newell has signed a multi-fight with the Legacy Fighting Alliance. The company announced the signing but a debut date and opponent for Newell have yet to be determined.
Newell (13-1) gained notoriety not only for his skills inside the cage but for the fact that he was beating opponents with only one arm! Newell was born with a congenital amputation of his left arm. As a result this condition his left arm ends below the elbow. Newell was a successful wrestler in high school and college before he set his sights on a MMA career. Newell made his pro debut in 2009 and rattled off nine consecutive wins before signing with the World Series of Fighting. Newell was a standout star for the WSOF who had a big television deal with NBC Sports and had also signed UFC standouts Anthony “Rumble” Johnson and Andrei Arlovski. Newell would compile a 4-1 record with the WSOF with his only loss coming to current UFC lightweight Justin Gaethje.
After the loss to Gaethje, Newell would win his next two bouts but would retire after his win over Tom Marcellino in 2015. The retirement came as a shock to fans as Newell had not yet entered his 30’s. It appears as though the two years away was enough time for Newell to regain his energy and give fighting another go.