Nick Newell Named Sherdog's MMA Great of the States for Connecticut


Sherdog.com has an enditorial series dedicated to the "greatest" fighter from each state. Her's own Nick Newell has been names Connecticut's best with fellow Hero fighter Dan Cramer as honorable mention.

The article is quoted below and can be found here:

Anyone who follows MMA knows Nick Newell and his story. Born with a congenital amputation that resulted in his left arm stopping just below the elbow, the Milford, Connecticut, native refused to allow the disability to prevent him from chasing his dreams.

Newell took up wrestling in high school, continued with the sport in college and compiled more than 300 career victories. Later, he made the move to mixed martial arts and beat every man he faced, save one: reigning World Series of Fighting lightweight champion Justin Gaethje. Prior to signing with the WSOF, Newell captured Xtreme Fighting Championships gold with a first-round rear-naked choke submission on Bellator MMA veteran Eric Reynolds in 2012.

The 29-year-old Newell went 4-1 under the World Series of Fighting banner. He announced his retirement following a unanimous decision over Tom Marcellino at WSOF 24 in October, closing the book on his career with a stellar 13-1 record. Ten of those victories resulted in finishes, all inside one round.


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