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Nick Newell Stripped Of XFC Title


Nick Newell, the one-handed fighter, recently won the XFC Lightweight title is being stripped of his championship. He was scheduled to defend his title against Scott Holtzman June 14th, but that bout has been scrapped.

XFC President John Prisco recently discussed why they felt this move was necessary for their organization:

“Nick built his name on fighters who were willing to step up and fight him and now, the opportunity he received, he is not willing to extend to Scott, even though they both carry the same XFC record (4-0). To me, that’s hypocritical and I have zero respect and no room for any individual that acts like that in my organization.”


“I think Nick knows what I believe. He was going to lose. Nick knows he can’t defend himself when someone like Scott puts him on his back. I believe Scott is one of the most talented 155ers on the planet. He’s training on the west coast right now with Benson Henderson for that very reason. In my eyes, I saw the fight going 1st round stoppage – Holtzman by ground and pound.”

Nick Newell is currently undefeated with a MMA record of (9-0).

  • Zombie Gorilla

    Kind of a shame because this guy had an interesting back story and a flawless record but this is what happens now. Fighters try harder to pad their record (like 40-0 boxers) rather that just going to fight. He was rightfully stripped of his title and that belt should go to a fighter that wants to defend it, not hang it on his gym’s wall.

    • Alex Briggs

      I agree. It’s unfortunate, but you can’t have fighters doing this. Otherwise, you’ll have champions staying champions without fighting. The reality is, no one likes getting the crap beat out of them, but that’s his job.