Does the fact that Newell competes as a congenital amputee help or hurt the chances of his getting a UFC contract? The debate will continue between the masses as to whether or not this is an unfair advantage or disadvantage when it comes to the many different aspects of our sport. One can look at the controversy surrounding Olympian Oscar Pistorius for a small taste of what the MMA media, and fighters will be discussing as Newell continues to gain even more popularity. Or is Newell content being the current XFC poster boy?
All we really know is that if Newell wasn’t already on your radar before the year started – he is now. In a year where UFC fighters like Chris Weidman and John Moraga made meteoric rises in each of their respective divisions, it was Newell that made the biggest bang in the world of mixed martial arts. That’s why he’s earned our Breakout Fighter of the Year award for 2012, it was an easy choice.
We leave you with video of his final two finishes of 2012, the last being an emotional victory over Eric Reynolds that brought him XFC gold. Truly a historic moment for this relatively young sport. And how about Michael “The Voice” Schiavello on the call! We look forward to what the “Notorious” one has to bring his fans in 2013.
MMA3 years ago
Fight Booth Top Five: British MMA Fighters
CWFC3 years ago
They Came From Venus: UK Women’s MMA ‘From Rosi to Cory’
CWFC2 years ago
Fighters the UFC do not want to overlook from the UK and Ireland
Box2 years ago
Post-Fight Press Conference: Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury
MMA3 years ago
Unsanctioned Podcast: Dan Severn Episode
Bellator2 years ago
Bellator 206 ‘Mousasi vs. MacDonald’ weigh-in video + results
MMA2 years ago
Michael Bisping announces his retirement from MMA
PW3 years ago
The mistake WWE already made with Ronda Rousey