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Nick Newell Blames Illegal Knee Strikes For WSOF 11 Loss to Justin Gaethje
Posted by Larry Csonka on 07.17.2014



- Nick Newell recently spoke with Sherdog about his WSOF 11 loss to Justin Gaethje, noting that the loss was due to illegal knee strikes. Here is what he had to say…

"It's not something that is up for debate. It's very blatant that the knees hit me in the head. I wasn't the same. It's obvious when you watch the video that it's what cut me. It's obvious that, when I got up, I was wobbly, and they need to closely monitor who they hire as referees, and they need to have stricter standards.

I'm not saying that I would have won had it not happened," said Newell. "I respect Justin. He's a great fighter, but I was winning the fight up until it did happen, and it happened, and it changed the fight. There's no ifs, ands, or buts about it. It was a huge momentum swing. It went from me winning, to me just getting destroyed. I don't even remember the fight after the knee. I don't remember anything my corner said to me or anything."



Gaethje commented on the accusation on Bloody Elbow Radio, stating the following…

I watched it in slo-mo many times, and I think it was in the shoulder. It's a bad angle, but do you think it was in the head? He thinks it was in the head, I don't think it was in the head. I still, you know, like I told him, "He's so tough, he doesn't need to go out like that." So, it just bothered me a little bit, but I'm over it.





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