Nick Newell made a triumphant return to MMA Friday night, submitting Sonny Luque in the main event of Legacy Fighting Alliance 35.
The main card aired live on AXS TV from Houston.
Newell, a former XFC champion, retired following a 2015 victory over Tom Marcellino while competing for the World Series of Fighting. The win improved his record to 14-1 overall, with the lone setback coming to Justin Gaethje in 2014.
Gaethje took note of the returning Newell, offering up his congratulations via Twitter:
— Justin Gaethje 🇺🇸 (@Justin_Gaethje) March 10, 2018
Newell, who was born with congenital amputation of his left arm, took the microphone after the win and stated he plans to compete in the UFC.
The card also featured a decision victory by Vernon Lewis over Jared Vandera, Jason Langellier submitting Thomas Webb and Charles Cheeks III downing Rivaldo Junior.
Complete results are below:
Main Event – Catchweight Fight (163 Pounds) – Nick Newell (14-1) submitted Sonny Luque (10-7) with a neck crank at 2:10 in round one.
Co-Main Event – Heavyweight Fight – Vernon Lewis (5-3) defeated Jared Vandera (6-3) in a back-and-forth battle by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Welterweight Fight – Jason Langellier (7-1) quickly submitted Thomas Webb (13-5) with a d’arce choke 1:10 in round one.
Featherweight Fight – Charles Cheeks III (13-6) defeated Rivaldo Junior (15-8-2) by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).
Bantamweight Fight – Adrian Yanez (7-2) knocked out Nathan Trepagnier (4-4, 1 NC) at 4:56 in round one.
Strawweight Fight – Cheyane Vlismas (1-0) finished Karla Hernandez (0-1) with elbows to win by TKO at 4:22 in round three.
Bantamweight Fight – Leomana Martinez (3-1) knocked out Casey Jones (3-2) at 2:25 in round one.