Life can sometimes be hard to figure out. We all have dreams of what we would like to do or be, but again or not we are successful in realizing those dreams is a whole other thing. Often there are obstacles and adversity along the way … For some of us, adversity is created itself, but for others they are born into it.
These people who come into the world with what most would consider a physical limitation or disability, yet continue to achieve incredible success beyond what we could have imagined for them or even for ourselves, draw our attention in ways we makes us wonder what it is what it is holds us back from our own dreams.
Infamous Nick is such a story. This is the inspiring story of MMA fighter Nick Newell, which was born with a partial left arm due to a congenital amputation. His arm ends just below the elbow and from an early age he learned to understand things by using his stump like a hand. Regardless of the obstacle, the Connecticut native had an inner drive to excel athletically and develop further than conventional thinking would have him capable of.
When he joined the high school wrestling team and wanted to quit because it was too difficult, his mother would not allow it. She did not treat him differently from any of the other children, so he decided to work hard from then on. He idolized and was inspired by the former Yankees pitcher Jim Abbott, who has no right hand. Nick loved the WWE as a kid and then his college roommate former WWE wrestler Curt Hawkins made him look TUF 1 (The Ultimate Fighter) with diego sanchez vs Kenny Florian in the season finale, he was inspired to get into MMA because he loved Sanchez’s work ethic as a fighter.
Step by step Nick’s dream unfolded, he turned doubters into believers with coaches and friends along the way who could see the obsession in him to achieve success. At that time, it was difficult for Nick to get a fight because no one wanted to lose against a one-handed man. In 2009, he walked into the cage in Plymouth MA at CFX Rumble in the Jungle and won his pro debut via TKO. He went on to win another 10 fights in a row with 8 fights completed by submission. His first loss was during a lightweight title fight against Justin Gaethje by World Series of Fighting 11.
Around this time, Nick’s manager was contacted by the producer of Bloodsport who wanted to make a movie about his life. Little did he know that his dream of becoming an MMA fighter would lead to a Hollywood movie.
Newell is now (16-4) and under contract with Bellator MMA in the lightweight division, with his last two fights losses via split decision. He is married with 2 children and owns Fighting Arts Academy in Connecticut.
When asked what his 3 keys to success were, he said;
- “There is value in hard work, training while others were on break. The best people do not always train because they are the best … they are the best because they always train! ”
- “When you want something, you have to dedicate yourself to it … fall into it!”
- “Not just spend time, but make the most of your time while you are there. Be committed to progress (out do) yourself! ”
On Friday, August 6, Lionsgate released the new movie Infamous Nickwhich tells the true story of Newell’s life.
Even though he was born with a partial left arm, Nick Newell played by Cody Christian, dream of being a fighter. After wrestling in high school, Nick becomes a fierce rival when his best friend, Abi Meester, introduces him to mixed martial arts. Suddenly, a tragedy presents Nick with an unexpected opportunity, but in order to succeed, he must commit to becoming the fighter he has always hoped to be. Elisabeth Röhm (American pressure) and Kevin Pollak (The Ordinary Suspects) also plays in this exciting underdog story based on an inspiring true story. From a manufacturer of Blood sports, Bucket boxesen Death order.
* The movie was made independently, which means it was not funded by studios – it was funded by individual contributors.
Infamous Nick is available on demand and through most online streaming services.
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