Nick Newell - WSOFWorld Series of Fighting’s Nick Newell doesn’t care what you think about him. Say what you will about his performances, the fact that you may or may not give him credit for finishing seven of his 10 wins by submission isn’t on his radar of things to worry about.

Instead, Newell said he focuses on having fun – the simple fun that comes from fighting in a cage.

“I don’t really care about about, ‘Hey, give me more credit.’ I don’t really care about that stuff,” Newell told MMAWeekly.com. “I just enjoy fighting and enjoy the competition. If you want to give me credit, you can. If you don’t, you don’t have to. Either way, I’m cool with just having fun doing something that I love.”

Seventy percent of wins coming by submission is impressive by anyone’s standards, both in the MMA and Brazilian jiu-jitsu realms. The fact that he’s been able to tap BJJ black belts, Newell explained, makes his game “legit.” This also explains the level of confidence for which he’s made himself known.

In his typical confident style, Newell explained that he’s a fighter that doesn’t show up for playtime. It’s all business in the cage, and those who get caught in his web of submissions do so by making mistakes. It’s those mistakes that Newell said he has a knack for catching.

“I’m very good at capitalizing on openings,” he said. “I have a lot of early finishes because I’ve been able to capitalize on peoples’ first mistakes. I have pretty good instincts and when I go out there I don’t come to play around. I’m aggressive and I think that’s what helps me be very good in the submission aspect of the sport.”

Being sharp on the ground has helped Newell establish an unblemished 10-0 record, the most recent of victories coming in his WSOF debut against Keon Caldwell. He finished the fight by – you guessed it – submission, a first-round guillotine choke.

Newell’s next bout will come against Sabah Fadai at WSOF 7 on Dec. 7. It’s a contest that Newell described as “just another fight,” against a fighter that he said appears to have the right mindset.

But even if Fadai’s mindset is one that consists of underestimation, Newell brushes it off with the understanding that his arsenal is well-polished and prepared for fight night.

“I’ve won a lot of jiu-jitsu tournaments and tapped out a lot of black belts, and I think I have a pretty legit ground game where if someone wants to underestimate me … that’s on them,” he said. “You can think whatever you want to think. At the end of the day, I’m as good as I am and I have what I have. You can say whatever and think whatever, but what’s going to happen is what happens.”

Like MMAWeekly.com on Facebook and Follow @MMAWeeklycom on Twitter.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

In RFA vs. Legacy Superfight headliner, Alexandre Pantoja has gift for Damacio Page

  • 23 days ago
  • 1 views

May 8 isn’t a holiday, but Alexandre Pantoja has a little present planned for Damacio Page on Friday. Filed under: AXS TV Fights, News read news >>

Melvin Guillard Signs Bellator Deal Four Days After Being Released by WSOF

  • 24 days ago
  • 1 views

Melvin Guillard, a popular if mercurial lightweight who fought 22 times for the UFC, has signed a long-term deal with the Bellator MMA promotion. Bellator officials announced the deal Monday in a new read news >>

Veteran slugger Melvin Guillard signs with Bellator

  • 24 days ago
  • 2 views

Veteran lightweight slugger Melvin Guillard, who’s recently competed for the UFC and WSOF, has signed with Bellator MMA.Filed under: Bellator, Featured, News, WSOF read news >>

Jake Shields excited to face 'dirty sociopath' Rousimar Palhares at WSOF 22

  • 26 days ago
  • 25 views

Jake Shields sounds off on World Series of Fighting champion, and future opponent Rousimar Palhares ahead of their title clash at WSOF 22. Former Strikeforce champion and UFC title challenger Jake Sh read news >>

VIDEO: Mike Tyson Elbows Fan Who Isn’t So Slick at Ninja Selfies

  • 26 days ago
  • 510 views

Pro tip: If you want to take a selfie with Mike Tyson, make sure you ask the dude before you do it or you'll eat an elbow to the chest. read news >>

Dana White compares Aldo vs. McGregor to Mayweather vs. Pacquiao

  • 27 days ago
  • 11 views

Dana White isn’t sold on the idea of Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao being the "fight of the century". Speaking with the Latin American media Thursday night in Las Vegas, the UFC president said t read news >>

After 2-Year Absence, Opponent Sought for Prospect Frodo Khasbulaev's WSOF Debut

  • 28 days ago
  • 1 views

It has been called one of the saddest stories in mixed martial arts. That may be a bit of an overstatement, but not by a huge margin. Now, after two years in contractual and bureaucratic purgatory, D read news >>

Melvin Guillard granted release from WSOF, 'excited to be starting over'

  • 28 days ago
  • 5 views

Melvin Guillard is a free agent. World Series of Fighting granted the UFC veteran his release Thursday, MMAFighting.com has confirmed with Guillard's manager Abe Kawa. After a tumultuous run with the read news >>

After tumultuous run, including missed weight in title fight, Melvin Guillard released by WSOF

  • 28 days ago
  • 1 views

Melvin Guillard’s stint with WSOF will not be remembered as a peak moment in the Louisiana native’s career and it’s now come to an unremarkable end.Filed under: News, WSOF read news >>