The UFC is no stranger to breaking down barriers. In a couple of months the organization will host a headlining fight featuring women, as well as an openly gay fighter, and few fans can forget the success of Matt Hamill despite his deafness. However, one road UFC President Dana White isn’t currently willing to go down leads to unbeaten XFC champion Nick Newell.
Newell, in addition to being a genuine class act with a ton of potential, also happens to have born without the bulk of his left forearm. The 26-year old has looked sharp in his scraps, racking up eight finishes in his nine wins with all coming in the opening round of action.
Though Newell’s story is intriguing, as are the prospects of him facing a higher caliber of talent, White recently made it clear he wants no part of Newell at the moment.
“Never, no. It’s hard to fight here with two arms. It’s tough. There’s guys that we bring in that are considered top guys on the Ultimate Fighter that don’t ever really pan out and make it,” said White to media members at the festivities for UFC 155. “Fighting with one arm is just craziness to me.”
MMAWeekly was on hand and able to capture the conversation.
White went on to say he wasn’t even sure if Nevada or California would license Newell, showing respect for the young fighter’s accomplishments despite the disinterest in his services.
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