Nick Newell hasn’t received a UFC contract yet, but the lightweight’s reportedly been notified he’ll compete in Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series.
Newell has been driving hard for a UFC deal, after he ended a brief retirement last month, and quickly submitted Sonny Luque at LFA 35. The win moved the 32 year-old fighter’s record to 14-1.
More recently, Newell, who is a a congenital amputee, met with UFC President Dana White. Since then, it’s been reported by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto that Newell will get a chance to fight for a UFC deal, in a Tuesday Night Contender Series bout this June.
MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani has also confirmed that Newell will compete in the show, and that report included this quote from the fighter:
“I want to thank Dana White, Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard for believing in me and giving me a shot. I still have to go out there and deliver. I’m grateful for the opportunity.”
There’s no word yet as to who Newell will fight.