One of the true feel good stories of the year occurred last month when one-armed fighter Nick Newell defeated Eric Reynolds for the inaugural Xtreme Fighting Championships (XFC) lightweight title. Newell, who at one time was a replacement signee for XFC, proved his worth to the organization going 4-0 with three finishes en route to winning the title.
From birth, Newell had a condition called congenital amputation where his left arm stopped developing past the elbow leaving him without proper function in the arm. Whilst the undefeated fighter may have earned the respect of many in the MMA community, UFC President Dana White was not very keen to discuss signing the sensation.
“Maybe, I don’t know,” White said when asked about Newell’s chances at the UFC, “It is hard enough to fight here with two arms. Fighting with one arm is just craziness to me.”
Considering Dana once had similar feelings regarding WMMA, it is not out of the realm of possibility to picture Newell one day on the UFC roster if he continues to dominate opposition over at XFC.
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