Originally written on Fight Hub TV  |  Last updated 11/9/14
This is an odd tale about someone who has been given some incredible chances as a one-armed fighter in his career refusing to reciprocate and give someone else a chance. As a champion, you defend your belt. If Anderson Silva can defend against Chris Weidman, a fight Anderson doesn’t want, then Newell can defend his XFC lightweight belt to someone, anyone for the first time. He has no reason to pick his opponents, and after months and months on social media trying to get on TUF (Dana refuses to give him a fight), Nick now takes the low road. Why? Besides the obvious diva-ism going on here, and general selfishness (I’m willing to go there, this is serious), it makes little sense. I could go on and on about my surprisingly strong emotional response to this situation, but it would be best to go to quotes from XFC president John Prisco in this interview on the official XFC website. I’ve never had a champion refuse to defend his title. Signed fighters in our organization have put in the t...
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