Nick Newell (14-1), a veteran of the World Series of Fighting cage, and a congenital amputee whose left arm does not extend past the elbow, now has an opponent for his anticipated, July 24 appearance on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series. His opponent will be Alex Munoz (4-0).
This bout was first reported by MMA Today’s Shawn Bitter, and subsequently announced by UFC officials.
Newell last fought in March, in a bout that marked the end of a two-year retirement from mixed martial arts competition. In this fight, which occurred in the LFA cage, the WSOF veteran defeated defeated Sonny Luque via first-round sub. Newell’s lone loss came courtesy of former WSOF lightweight champion and current UFC lightweight contender Justin Gaethje, who was one of the main supporters of Newell’s getting a shot in the UFC.
Munoz, meanwhile, has not fought since November of 2016. In his most recent bout, he defeated Matheus Ubirajara by decision. Munoz won his first three bouts via first-round stoppage: two via knockout and one via submission.
Unsurprisingly, Nick Newell seems to be quite excited for the opportunity to prove that he belongs in the UFC on DWTNCS.
“I want to thank Dana White, Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard for believing in me and giving me a shot,” Newell told MMA Fighting shortly after it was announced that he’d be appearing on the show. “I still have to go out there and deliver. I’m grateful for the opportunity.”
Here’s is the lineup for the episode of DWNTCS that will feature Newell and Munoz’s fight (via MMAjunkie).
- Nick Newell vs. Alex Munoz
- Chris Birchler vs. Jim Crute
- Mike Davis vs. Sodiq Yusuff
- Josh Appelt vs. Jeff Hughes
- Chase Hooper vs. Canaan Kawaihae
How do you think Nick Newell will perform on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series on July 24?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 7/3/2018.