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Nick Newell on unrelenting injuries that forced retirement: It was ‘overwhelming for me’

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Every fighter knows retirement is inevitable, but few seem to know when or how that moment or circumstance will prevent itself.

For Nick Newell, that moment came on Saturday at WSOF 24 after his unanimous decision victory over Tom Marcellino. Newell, a congenital amputee on his left arm since birth, cited a series of debilitating injuries that both prevented strong performances in the cage and caused him concern over the future quality of life.

“It was the right decision for me, I feel. In the end, time will tell. For me, it’s been really tough training for these fights. I feel like I underperformed my last three fights and I felt like, really, it was out of my control,” he told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s The MMA Hour. “I’ve been dealing with a lot of injuries throughout my fight camps. Every time, it just seems like I get some momentum going, I get hurt and I can’t do anything, so I gotta take it easy and I gotta not train and I gotta step back.

“Then when I fight, my cardio becomes an issue because I haven’t been train as hard as I should be when I have these important ….View original article