The World Series of Fighting is putting on a stellar card tonight, kicking off 2014 for the promotion. WSOF 8 is headlined by the inaugural WSOF Lightweight title bout between Justin Gaethje and Richard Patishnock.
One man who is very interested in tonight’s main event is fellow WSOF Lightweight, Nick Newell. Newell (11-0) is fresh off his submission victory over Sabah Fadai at WSOF 7, and looks to be next in line for the WSOF Lightweight title shot. I recently sat down with Nick to speak about tonight’s title fight, what he has left to prove, and his quest for WSOF gold.
The Main Event and Lightweight Title
Obviously I have an eye on the main event. I want that belt and hopefully I get the winner. I know two world class fighters when I see them, but I know I am the best 155 pounder in the World Series of Fighting. I am not one to talk about it though, I would rather just go out and prove it by fighting the winner of the main event.
His thoughts on the fight
It’s a close fight. I would say Gaethje has to be the favorite based on his resume and on paper. That being said, a lot of things look good on paper. Rich has shown extreme heart, toughness, and technical skill in his fights. I believe anything can happen. I just hope the better man wins.
Why he did not replace Lewis Gonzales
It was a scheduling issue. Gonzales pulled out about two weeks before the fight and Rich was already training for another fight on the card. It just made sense to give Rich the title shot. To be honest, he earned it and he is a great fighter and I am happy for him. I feel like I deserved it as well, but I am not hurt about it. It makes sense from many different aspects. As much as people would have liked to see me step in, I will get my shot sooner or later. I should be fighting for the title before the year is over.
Still something left to prove?
I could beat everyone in the world and there would still be people who say I suck, I am not good enough, or they don’t think I could do this or that. I have been dealing with that stuff my whole life and I just don’t listen to them. I just do my own thing. Whether you think I can or can’t it doesn’t really bother me, I am going to try and do it anyway.