New England’s Most Notorious Returns to the Cage

| September 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

West Haven – Connecticut’s “Notorious” Nick Newell (13-1) recently announced he will make his return to the professional MMA circuit following a two year retirement. The veteran lightweight recently signed a multi-fight deal with Legacy Fighting Alliance, and plans to return to the cage early next year.

Newell, previously a top draw for the World Series of Fighting organization, retired in 2015 after a decision win over Tom Marcellino at WSOF 24.  Although he had back to back wins after rebounding from his first professional loss, Newell didn’t feel the same drive to continue after the bout.

“I felt that my past couple performances I wasn’t myself.  I wasn’t operating at 100%, and no one ever operates at 100% but I would have liked to have been at 80% or 90%. I felt that I was giving 30 to 40% of what I was capable of. Due to injuries it was becoming a lot,” said Newell.

The beckoning call back to MMA for Newell was always there, and he didn’t leave any alternative to go down a different path.

“I kind of put all my eggs in one basket with the fighting.  I have a college degree that I could fall back on, but I kind of fell in love with MMA.  I never took a break, it started when I was 14 and started wrestling, and from there until I was 29 I was training constantly,” said Newell.  “I always knew I wanted to come back, it just depended on outside factors and things that were a higher priority for my future because you can only fight for so long.”

During his time away, Newell focused on personal matters and managing his gym.  Fighting Arts Academy in West Haven has continued to grow which helped motivate Newell to continue growing as a fighter, and gave him the security he needed to risk coming back to the sport full-time.

“I need to set up something a little more permanent than fighting, so my gym was my main focus…coaching motivates me.  I have some talented people that motivate me, and push me, and help make me better.  I’m coming back better than I’ve ever been,” said Newell.

Although no date has been set yet for his return and start the second half of his career, “Notorious” is hoping for a bout with his new organization next year.  For more information on Newell’s signing with Legacy Fighting Alliance, go to



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