You’d think that missing a fist would make it difficult for 26-year-old Nick Newell to win an MMA title belt, but on Friday he became the XFC’s lightweight champion after defeating opponent Eric Reynolds in less than 90 seconds.
“My goal when I started was never to be the one-handed fighter,” the undefeated Newell told USA Today. “My goal is to be the best in the world. If you set your goals any lower, you’re only cheating yourself.”
He lost the lower half of his left arm at birth, but that didn’t stop him from wrestling in high school and college, racking up hundreds of wins. Other MMA fighters were hesitant to take on a (supposedly) disabled opponent, but he’s earned their respect… and fear.
Hell, they couldn’t even beat him with one arm tied behind their backs. Video below: