According to WSOF matchmaker and executive vice president Al Abdel-Aziz, if Nick Newell defeats Keon Caldwell at WSOF 4 on Aug. 10, he'll join Justin Gaethje, Dan Lauzon and the winner of WSOF 4's JZ Cavalcante vs. Tyson Griffin fight in a four-man 155-pound tournament to crown the promotion's first lightweight champion.
Newell (9-0) will make his highly-anticipated WSOF debut next weekend, while Lauzon (17-4) and Gaethje (9-0) were both victorious at WSOF 3 in June.
Newell gained notoriety because he is missing a hand, but Abdel-Aziz wanted the MMA community to know how highly the organization thinks of the 27-year-old.
"We believe in him," he said. "He can compete with anyone in the world."
WSOF will hold a four-man middleweight tournament at WSOF 5 in September. The match-ups will be: Dave Branch vs. Danillo Villefort and Elvis Mutapcic vs. Jesse Taylor. The winner of the tournament will become the promotion's first middleweight champion.