Nick Newell is volunteering to step in for Randy Brown to face Chance Rencountre at UFC Brooklyn.
Nick Newell has publicly stated he is willing to take a short-notice fight against Chance Rencountre to compete at UFC Brooklyn this coming Saturday night.
Newell, a congenital amputee who competed on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series this past summer, took to Twitter to state his intentions.
“I’d 100 percent fill in for Randy Brown at [UFC Brookly],” he said in the tweet. “I’m in shape and 185 lbs. Fighting at 170 is not an issue.”
Rencountre was scheduled to face Randy Brown on the Brooklyn card, but Brown recently pulled out of the bout.
Despite the congenital amputation of his left arm, which ends around his elbow, Newell went on to compete as a high school and college wrestler before the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter influenced him to take up MMA.
After a 5-1 amateur career, he started 9-0 as a pro, and won the XFC lightweight championship, before joining the World Series of Fighting (now Professional Fighters’ League).
Newell won his first two WSOF bouts in 2013 before the first loss of his professional career — a second-round TKO at the hands of the then-undefeated and then-WSOF lightweight champion Justin Gaethje in a title fight.
Newell then won his next two WSOF bouts in 2015 before announcing retirement. After three years away from the sport, he returned to the sport at a Legacy Fighting Alliance event this past March, submitting Sonny Luque with a neck crank in a little over two minutes.
Despite previously not wanting to sign Newell, UFC President Dana White gave the Connecticut-born fighter a chance this past July on the Tuesday Night Contender Series. He lost by unanimous decision to Alex Munoz and hasn’t fought an MMA bout since, with his UFC dream likely over at the time.
But Newell is now taking a chance and putting himself out there to possibly live the dream of competing in the UFC. And if he competes at UFC Brooklyn against Recountre at welterweight, it will be the first time he has fought above 155 pounds in his career.
UFC Brooklyn takes place on Saturday, January 19, 2019, live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Follow along with FanSided throughout the night for all your live results and highlights. We’ll in attendance for the first card of 2019, so watch for exclusive content during fight night.