Nick Newell Retires After WSOF 24 Victory
After picking up his fourth victory inside a World Series of Fighting cage, Lightweight veteran Nick Newell retired on top, taking a unanimous decision over Tom Marcellino.
“Never say never, but this is not like I’m going to change my mind on Monday,” Newell told MMAjunkie after WSOF 24, “This is something serious. I think this is it. I think it’s time, and I’m going to focus on some other things.”
Newell took a unanimous decision from Tom Marcellino on the main card, which aired on NBCSN. But due to audio issues, his in-cage retirement announcement wasn’t part of the broadcast.
Newell acknowledged it wasn’t his best performance.
“It’s a hard decision, but I think I’ve proven a lot,” he said. “I was never the best in the world, but I was always a fan favorite and I always came to fight. Tonight was not the real me, and I don’t want to give that to my fans. I want them to remember me as the guy throwing people over his head and going bonkers and heel hooking people. I’m not that 25-year-old kid that can come out like a whirling dervish looking for blood. I’ve been doing this since I was 14 and I never stopped because I always wanted to be the best version of me possible, and my time is up.”
According to MMA Mania Twitter:
Marcellino just went up to Newell and said “I won.” Newell said “Be a better sport, You lost.” #WSOF24
— MMA mania (@mmamania) October 18, 2015