After six years of fighting as a professional mixed martial artist, Nick Newell is calling it a career.
The World Series of Fighting veteran made his announcement inside the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, shortly after defeating Tom Marcellino in a closely contested unanimous decision. It was the 13th victory in Newell’s career, casting a wide shadow over the lone defeat he’s suffered as a pro — a loss that came at the hands of WSOF lightweight champion Justin Gaethje last July.
Riding a two-fight winning streak, Newell’s done, he says.
“I’m only 29 years old, but I want to have a future; I want to be able to have a good body when I get older,” Newell said with a glaze of emotion over his eyes. “One day I’d like to have kids and be able to play with them.
“I didn’t get to where I am today by just being a natural. I’m sorry, this is emotional for me. I got to where I am from hard work, and that takes a toll on your body. These past couple training camps have been really hard for me and just really hard on my body. It’s just my time. I don’t want to be a guy that fights for a paycheck, I want to be a guy that fights because he loves it. I don’t want to cheat myself out of my best performances, and I don’t feel like I’m the fighter I could be because my body’s just not reacting the same way it used to. I just don’t have it in me anymore. This is my last one — a hometown fight and I won.”
Widely known as the man competing in mixed martial arts with one hand, Newell never let it compromise his skills inside the cage, finishing 77 percent of his victories before the third round.