If you watched last night’s World Series of Fighting’s card in Vancouver, British Columbia, then you know that not only did Nick Newell extend his undefeated record to 11-0, he didn’t need very long to do it. After the rising lightweight secured a standing guillotine choke on Sabah Fadai, the latter was forced to tap out to the submission at just 1:21 of the opening round. It was Newell’s third straight win to come via that technique.
“I never expect to finish anyone within a certain timeframe,” the 27 year-old Newell relayed. “He gave me the opening, I took it and got the win.”
The victory, which was Newell’s second with WSOF, came at an interesting time in the promotion’s lightweight division. Recently WSOF announced that Justin Gaethje would fight “JZ’ Cavalcante for the lightweight title on January 18th, however, the latter had to withdraw due to injury. It was then widely reported that Lewis Gonzalez will fight Gaethje for the belt.
Considering Newell’s undefeated run, and performances with WSOF thus far, one would think “Notorious” isn’t far out from a title shot.
“If they offered me a title shot next, I would gladly take it,” Newell said. “But I’m in no rush to get the belt. I’m sure I will get a step up in competition next and I’ll be ready for anyone they put in front of me.”
WSOF President Ray Sefo was also quoted in the story saying that “The sky’s the limit for Nick” and that “he’s going to continue to step up in level of competition and he’s right in the mix for a title shot in the near future.”
So, in other words, 2014 is shaping up to being another huge year for Newell.