One-handed “Notorious” Nick Newell captures XFC Lightweight Title


In a truly inspirational story, one-handed fighter Nick Newell defeated favored competitor Eric Reynolds to capture the vacant XFC Lightweight Championship.  XFC 21: Night of Champions took place at Nashville Municipal Auditorium last night in Tennessee. The six-fight main card aired live on AXS TV.

“Notorious” Nick Newell came out on the offensive, firing off hooks with bad intentions before he woke Reynolds up with a high kick.  Reynolds fired back with kicks before Newell caught one and landed a big suplex.  Newell followed that up with a picture perfect body triangle and immediately began working for his patented rear-naked choke.  Reynolds made a valiant effort to claw out of the choke, but Newell was not to be denied, as Reynolds fell back to the canvas still in the choke, and was left with no choice but to tap out.  Newell (9-0) remained undefeated and captured his 4th win under the XFC.  Reynolds (16-6), a Bellator veteran, had a three-fight win streak snapped with the loss.

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  • Wow. This is amazing, I never even thought this could happen in MMA.

  • THF

    This is incredible. Great to see this guy succeed.

  • congrats

  • that dude is amazing

  • It was amazing and not one person made a "he deserves a hand" joke. Big respect.

  • first i laughed my ass off when i read 'one handed'but damn noting but respect for this guy

  • It's like Machado and his deformed hand- guys aren't used to defending a choke from a guy who is missing a hand- they're so used to being able to block the choke if they know how to play "hand wars", especially with the MMA gloves. You basically have to find someone to practice "nub" control. I'm not sure if this guy will be able to get all the way to the UFC- the competition level there isn't on another planet- it's on another solar system. Glad to see this guy win, though.

  • Yeah. In that particular submission, having one hand is actually an advantage. If you always use that arm around the neck and the other behind, they have much less to grip and defend the choke. I'm kinda surprised they gave him a pro license. I suppose if he doesn't throw punches with it that makes it more fair. On the ground controlling that arm by grabbing the forearm would be like trying to push a snake back by pushing his nose. Especially if it's sweaty and greasy. I'm happy for the guy. I wanna see how he strikes though to see if he's allowed to strike with it as well.