Undefeated lightweight and former XFC champion Nick Newell today announced he has joined the ranks of World Series of Fighting by signing a multi-fight deal. Newell was recently stripped of his XFC title after declining a fight with Scott Holtzman and failing to reach an agreement on new terms with the promotion. Newell publicly stated his intent was to improve his career prospects by moving on from competing against relative unknowns and prospects.
Born a congenital amputee lacking a left hand and much of his forearm, the 27-year-old Massachusetts native has amassed an impressive 9-0 record, finishing eight of his nine opponents. All but one of which came inside the first round.
"Nick Newell is an incredible individual who exemplifies the sheer strength of the human spirit and the kind of courage and determination that martial arts embodies, so we are naturally thrilled to welcome him to the World Series of Fighting roster, and look forward to having him compete and, hopefully inspire, our national audience on NBC Sports Network," said World Series of Fighting President, six-time world kickboxing champion and two-time Hall of Famer Ray Sefo.
Although the promotion is slated to host its third event on Jun. 14, it's more likely Newell could make his WSOF debut at future shows tentatively planned for August or September. Vocal about his desire to face 'UFC caliber' lightweights, Newell joins a division featuring the likes of Jacob Volkmann, Lyle Beerbohm, John Gunderson and Dan Lauzon.