After winning his Bellator MMA debut back in August, Nick Newell is preparing for his next fight on Saturday, October 26, against Manny Muro at Mohegan Sun Arena.
“I’m one of the best in the world and I’m out here to prove it,” said Newell, who was born with congenital amputation of his left arm. “I get another opportunity to prove it on the biggest stage, Bellator MMA, and I get to do so again in my home state.”
Things have never been better for Newell, who has been fighting professionally since 2008.
“It’s been a long road for me, it’s been hard and I’ve had my ups, I’ve had my downs,” said Newell. “But the whole time I’ve stayed the course and kept working hard and stayed true to myself and right now everything is falling into place.”
Nick is also a new father and runs his own gym, Fighting Arts Academy CT, which just moved to a brand new location in Milford. Along with training others in MMA, Newell gives back to his hometown by partnering with the Maren Sanchez Home Foundation and offering self defense classes.
“It hits close to home because her life was taken in my high school,” Newell said.
Sanchez was the victim of a violent attack at Law High School in 2014.
“It’s about empowering women and helping them and teaching the value that martial arts can have on your life,” said Newell.
He plans to host his next self defense seminar on November 17.
“Giving back is very important to me and if I can help someone out and even if they never need to use it in their life, it’s great to know that I gave this person an ability to help themselves,” added Newell.