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Nick Newell Is Cocky, Says XFC’s Scott Holtzman

Scott Holtzman was looking forward to his encounter with Nick Newell for the XFC lightweight championship, but the champion refused to sign the contract. It forced the XFC to strip Newell of the belt and he left the promotion.

The few times Holtzman met Newell, he wasn’t impressed with his attitude.

“I would see him at weigh-ins, and I just didn’t like how he carried himself,” said Holtzman on MMA Junkie Radio. “It was a fight I wanted for a few reasons. I thought he was a bit cocky and arrogant. I didn’t like how he walked around mean-mugging everybody.”

Newell quickly signed with the World Series of Fighting. WSOF president Ray Sefo said he will compete on their July or August card.

Holtzman now takes on the 13-13 John Mahlow for the vacant strap at XFC 24. It comes from the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, FL. It’s this Friday, June 14.