UFC president Dana White’s comment over the summer that he doesn’t see Nick Newell (9-0) joining the roster because he only has one fully functional hand has lit a fire under the XFC lightweight champion. White said that it was hard enough to fight in the UFC with two hands, let alone one. Newell looks at how White promotes equality and thinks he deserves his chance.
“[White] wants to talk about how he wants to give people equal opportunity – to women, to gay fighters and stuff like that,” said Newell on The MMA Hour. “Well, I’d like my equal opportunity as well.”
Newell gained attention in the XFC after becoming the first fighter to ever win a title with one arm. Newell’s left hand ends just past the elbow as it was amputated during birth.
Despite being undefeated and winning the title from Bellator veteran Eric Reynolds, Newell doesn’t let White’s comment discourage him. He continued that he thinks he matches up well against some of the names on the UFC roster.
“Anyone else with my track record would be getting looked at, but it’s due to outside circumstances,” said Newell.
Newell has stopped all but one of his fights in the first round. He has spent the last 13 months competing out of XFC, where he has fought four times.