There was a time in the not-so-distant past when the idea of females fighting in the Octagon verged on science fiction. Even boss Dana White was against it. But that all changed thanks to the hard work of one star athlete named Ronda Rousey.
Well, there’s another star athlete who’s been dying to break ground in the UFC, and he may soon be getting a shot.
Nick Newell was born without one of his arms. He’s also made a hell of a name for himself in the realm of combat sports, and aside from a loss to Justin Gaethje in the World Series of Fighting, has fought flawlessly in 13 out of 14 pro fights.
He’s been pressuring White to let him in to the hallowed halls of the UFC for ages, and as per Brett Okamoto from ESPN, White is going to let Newell scrap on an episode of the Tuesday Night Contender Series.
Nick Newell will get a shot at a UFC contract. Per Dana White, he’ll be offered a fight on the Tuesday Night Contender Series in June.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) April 26, 2018
On the one hand (oh God, please excuse the pun), Newell has done more than enough to earn an Octagon walk-on slot. On the other hand, he is considered a handicapped individual, and what kind of optics is that for the UFC? I mean, what if he were to lose in the UFC in a bout broadcast on national television?
This is such a tough, touchy issue when you look at the big picture. There’s no question Newell is talented – he is. One-hundred percent, he is. It’s just a risk-versus-reward thing in my mind, and I can’t see this risk being something the UFC would be willing to take.
What do you think? Beyond being stoked for Newell, which everyone is and should be, is this a good thing?