Newell Falls Short Of UFC Deal In Debut
Nick Newell had his chance to earn a UFC contract on Tuesday night, but would not be able to seal the deal on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series.
The fighter, who has been lauded for becoming a top MMA prospect, even dealing with being a congenital amputee, was in the feature fight of the TNCS, facing undefeated Alex Munoz.
Newell would go the distance with the Team Alpha Male Fighter, but would not go the distance with the judges, as he would lose by a 30-27 unanimous decision.
“I knew he was going to be a tough fighter, he knows he has one arm he uses very well, actually two arms he uses very well,” Munoz said. “You can’t count him out he’s a quality opponent and I wish him the best of luck.”
Munoz, a wrestling standout at Oklahoma State, has transitioned to MMA and acts as wrestling coach at Sacramento’s Team Alpha Male gym. the NCAA athlete would use his wrestling skills to stymie any momentum from Newell in terms of strikes, as well as a guillotine attempt in the final round.
Even though Munoz would get the win, he’d not earn a contract with the UFC. Dana White would reward Jim Crute, Sadiq Yosuff, and Jeff Hughes with contracts, and a development deal to Chase Hooper.
“There’s so many Aussies coming through and we’re about to take over,” Crute said after improving to 8-0. “We’ve been drilling the right hand left hook and that’s what I did.”