Nick Newell has a new contract and finally a fight to go with it.
The popular lightweight will take on Joe Condon at World Series of Fighting 20 on April 10 at Mohegan Sun in Ledyard, Conn., WSOF president Ray Sefo told MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani on Thursday. The bout will be like a homecoming for Newell, who lives in nearby Milford, Conn.
Newell (11-1) has not fought since falling via second-round TKO to Justin Gaethje in a WSOF lightweight title bout last July. He had been asking for a fight since the fall, but had just one bout left on his WSOF contract. The two sides finally came to an agreement for an extension earlier this month.
Newell, 28, is a congenital amputee born without a left hand and has captured the imagination of the MMA fanbase as an inspirational figure. More importantly, the 155-pounder has also established himself as one of WSOF's best fighters regardless of weight class.
Condon (12-7) got a new opponent on the eve of WSOF 17 last month and made good on the opportunity. After Brian Cobb was injured a day before the event, Condon stepped up to face Johnny Nunez in the co-main event and beat him with a guillotine choke in the third round. Condon was originally supposed to face Jimmy Spicuzza on the prelims of the card.
WSOF 20 is headlined by a light heavyweight tournament bout between Matt Hamill and Vinny Magalhaes. The winner of that fight takes on the winner of a bout between Thiago Silva and Ronny Markes for the inaugural WSOF 205-pound title. In the WSOF 20 co-main event, UFC veteran Melvin Guillard takes on Ozzy Dugulubgov.