Nick Newell: One-armed fighter will get UFC debut

Missing the lower portion of his left arm due to a congenital amputation, the lightweight (14-1) will get his shot this summer in Dana White's 'Tuesday Night Contender' series.

Kahron Spearman

Nick Newell, an MMA missing the lower portion of his left arm, will get his dream shot at a UFC contract this summer.


The UFC will book Newell (14-1) to Dana White's 'Tuesday Night Contender' series in June. Details of Newell's fight, including a specific date and opponent are yet to be determined, according to ESPN.


Newell, 32, who was born with a congenital amputation, and his agent, Ali Abdelaziz, have long sought a UFC contract.

I believe @NotoriousNewell deserves a shot. This sport hurts and it is unforgiving, much like some mma fans and critics. He will get hurt and lose like the the rest of us, it will not be because he is lacking in skill or suffering from a disability but because we are #Gladiators

Justin Gaethje
UFC lightweight

The weekly series hosts live fights in Las Vegas, with White and UFC matchmakers offering up at least one contract to a fighter on the card at the end of the episode.


Newell fought for the WSOF lightweight championship in 2014 - against a current UFC fighter. He lost the match to defending champ Justin Gaethje by a second-round TKO. 


Gaethje has pushed for the talented fighter to get an opportunity in the world's top MMA organization.