After retiring from the sport back in 2015, Nick Newell (14-1) decided to return to the cage last night in Texas at LFA 35, where he’d main event a catchweight bout at 160 lbs against Sonny Luque (10-7). Newell would dominate Luque, earning himself a submission victory via a nasty face crank at just over the two minute marker in the very first round.
Newell declared himself UFC ready following the contest, and his performance and 14-1 record (with his lone loss coming to UFC lightweight Justin Gaethje back in 2014) will make it difficult for them to deny him moving forward.
You can check out more highlights and the full results from the AXS TV portion of the show below.
Catchweight Main Event (160 lbs)
Nick Newell (14-1) defeats Sonny Luque (10-7) via submission (face crank) – Round 1, 2:10
Heavyweight Co-Main Event
Vernon Lewis (5-3) defeats Jared Vanderaa (6-3) via UD
Jason Langellier (7-1) defeats Thomas Webb (13-5) via submission (D’Arce choke) – Round 1. 1:10
Charles Cheeks III (13-6) defeats Rivaldo Junior (15-8) via UD
Catchweight Bout (140 lbs)
Adrian Yanez (7-2) defeats Nathan Trepagnier (4-4) via KO (punch) – Round 1. 4:56
Women’s Strawweight Bout
Cheyanne Vlismas (1-0) defeats Karla Hernandez (0-1) TKO (elbows) – Round 3, 4:22
Leomana Martinez (3-1) defeats Casey Jones (3-2) via KO (punches) – Round 1, 2:25