Count Justin Gaethje among those who thinks Nick Newell should be in the UFC.
With Nick Newell coming out of retirement and sensationally winning by neck crank last week, there has been growing support for Newell to get a UFC contract.
One such example is UFC lightweight contender Justin Gaethje, the only man to best Newell in the cage, beating him by second-round TKO almost four years ago under the World Series of Fighting banner. On Wednesday, Gaethje tweeted his thoughts on whether Newell belongs in the UFC.
I believe @NotoriousNewell deserves a shot. This sport hurts and it is unforgiving, much like some mma fans and critics. He will get hurt and lose like the the rest of us, it will not be because he is lacking in skill or suffering from a disability but because we are #Gladiators
— Justin Gaethje (@Justin_Gaethje) March 14, 2018
As mentioned by Gaethje, Nick is a congenital amputee, missing the lower part of his left arm, but the inspirational Newell has racked up a 14-1 record, 11 of those wins coming by stoppage.
“I’m one of the best fighters in the world and I belong in the UFC,” Newell said after beating Sonny Luque. “That’s it. That’s final. I gave you 14 reasons why I belong in the UFC. I’m one of the best fighters in the world and I proved it 14 times.”
For now, Newell is still under contract with Legacy Fighting Alliance, a promotion that has sent plenty of fighters to the UFC.