The storybook ending didn’t happen for Nick Newell. He didn’t get signed to the UFC. In a story where the underdog is supposed to come out victorious, it didn’t happen, but he didn’t waste his time with the opportunity at hand.
Newell (14-2), a congenital amputee lost to Alex Munoz (5-0) via unanimous decision on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series.
All three judges scored the fight 30-27 in favor of Munoz, a highly decorated wrestler from Oklahoma State University and now trains at Team Alpha Male with the likes of Urijah Faber.
Newell since starting his career nine years ago has become a fan favorite throughout the martial arts world and had a significant backing for this fight. He knew, and so did everyone else, it was his biggest challenge yet.
Newell had his opportunities throughout the fight. In round one, he threw and connected on a flying knee and continued to throw front kicks to Munoz’s face. In round three, he locked in a tight guillotine choke, but at that point, the amount of sweat associated with the fighters made it nearly impossible to complete.
Despite a bloody nose in round one and a cut under his eye in round two, Newell continued to push forward and show his eagerness to finish the fight. Newell didn’t lose because he had one hand, he lost because Alex Munoz is a legitimate opponent with a highly decorated wrestling background in which he used throughout the fight to maintain control.
On this fight night in Las Vegas, Newell just wasn’t good enough. The fire he had in past fights just wasn’t there.
He didn’t get the outcome he wanted, but all he wanted was a shot, a shot at his dream and UFC president Dana White gave him that. He proved to the world that he is legit and that he is a tough fight. He can and will be dangerous if he lands shots and puts you in positions he wants.
Newell didn’t fail; sometimes the most significant defeats are the greatest treasures. Everyone can learn something from the type of person Newell is and the character he shows. That is to be tough and fearless no matter the odds.