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Monday, August 19, 2013

One Armed Mixed Martial Arts Fighter Gets Inspired by Camp Pendleton Marines

ONE-ARMED FIGHTER GETS INSPIRATION FROM VETS
UT San Diego
By Dennis Lin
AUG. 18, 2013

Born with a rare condition, Nick Newell is one in about 2,000.

In the arena of mixed martial arts, he is one of a kind.

Earlier this month, before the 27-year-old remained undefeated in what has been an unlikely career, Newell took a break from training to visit military veteran amputees at Camp Pendleton.

“Those guys are my heroes,” the New England native said by phone this week. “What they do is as brave as you can get. That’s the highest right there, sacrificing, risking your life for your country. What I do isn’t really that dangerous. You just get in a fight and a ref will break it up. In fighting there’s a lot of glitz and glamour and attention. When they go out there, no one’s paying attention. We don’t know 99.9 percent of the stuff that goes on out there.”
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