“The Ronin” is coming home.
Former UFC welterweight champion Carlos Newton
returns to competition for promotional newcomer Warrior-1 MMA’s
“Inception” on March 28 at the Robert Guertin Arena in Gatineau,
Quebec. Newton (13-13) will meet local draw Nabil
Khatib (8-4) in a welterweight bout, his first on native
Canadian soil since he began his career in 1996.
Few have had the globetrotting career that Newton has, which began
at the age of 19. In short time, Newton was splitting his time
between Japan’s vaunted Pride Fighting Championship and the U.S.’s
Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Newton was noted for his athletic reflexes, a smooth Brazilian
jiu-jitsu game, and a penchant for eclectic training. Returning to
the Octagon in 2001, Newton rose to prominence with an unexpected
submission victory over stalwart and former UFC champion Pat Miletich
at UFC 31.
Newton lost the title to Miletich’s protégé, Matt Hughes,
after a dramatic second-round slam at UFC 34 in November 2001.
Newton rematched Hughes to no avail at UFC 38 and never regained
his stride, dropping seven of his last 11 bouts into 2007.
Dividing time between the fighting and running a nursing home he
had purchased near his native Newmarket, Ontario home, had taken
its toll. Newton shelved his fighting career, but never strayed too
far from his roots. In 2007, he coached the Toronto-based Dragons
team for the International Fight League. Newton did not return for
the 2008 season.
"I have been away from MMA for some time now and I couldn't be more
excited to be back,” said Newton in a press release. “It only seems
right to make my return in my home country and with a great
organization like Warrior One.”
The evening’s co-main event features Mark Holst
against TKO veteran Martin
Grandmont in a lightweight matchup.