The date is set, the location has been named, and it is now official, Nick “Notorious” Newell, 8-0 as a pro, and a perfect 3-0 as an XFC fighter will get a shot at the XFC Lightweight Championship on December 7 in Nashville Tennessee broadcast to the World, Live on AXStv.
After starting his career in regional promotions near his hometown in Connecticut, Newell inked a multi-year deal with the East Coast’s largest promotion, and has since worked his way through his first 3 opponents under the XFC banner. Newell defeated Dennis Hernandez with an ankle lock submission, Chris Coggins by a decision, and most recently knocked out David Mays with a high knee at XFC 19.
With three impressive wins and a huge fan-base urging XFC President John Prisco to offer Newell his first opportunity at a championship fight, ‘Notorious’ is now inked as the opponent and will have to defeat the top Lightweight in the XFC ranks, Eric Reynolds, in order to take home the gold. Newell will now have the chance to prove once and for all, that his “handicap” of being born with a partial left arm, will not keep him from achieving his goals. Since childhood, there has always been something that others thought Newell would not be able to do; ride his bike, join the wresting team, or play a professional sport. Those naysayers have now all been silenced in the wake of what has become one of the most inspirational sports stories of the decade.
Now Newell is not only fighting for himself, but for the legacy that he will leave behind, and for the thousands of men and women in similar situations looking to prove that they can do anything they set their minds to. A win in December will not only make Nick Newell the XFC Lightweight Champion, it will make him the champion for anyone who has ever had a dream and were told they could not achieve it. He will be the champion for hundreds of men and women born with similar conditions, and for the hundreds of veterans facing new challenges as they return home from war. In December, Newell fights to be the people’s champion.