Wednesday, August 20 2014 4:24 PM EDT2014-08-20 20:24:10 GMT
Militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded American journalist James Foley and are threatening to kill another hostage in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq.Full Story >
The United States stood firm Wednesday in its fight against Islamic State militants who beheaded a U.S. journalist in Iraq, pledging to continue attacking the group despite its threats to kill another American hostage....Full Story >
Wednesday, August 20 2014 4:15 PM EDT2014-08-20 20:15:58 GMT
It is going to be a warm and muggy day with highs in the upper 80s. Multiple disturbances will move through the area this week Full Story >
The much needed rain that fell last night left behind very muggy air and the chance for pop-up thunderstorms from late afternoon into early evening. The showers and storms will not be as widespread as last night.Full Story >
Wednesday, August 20 2014 4:06 PM EDT2014-08-20 20:06:11 GMT
A U.S. official says American fighter jets and drones conducted nearly a dozen airstrikes in Iraq since Tuesday, even as Islamic State militants threatened to kill a second American captive in retribution for any...Full Story >
American fighter jets and drones continued to pound Islamic State militants in Iraq on Wednesday, and military planners weighed the possibility of sending a small number of additional U.S. troops to Baghdad, U.S. officials...Full Story >
Wednesday, August 20 2014 4:04 PM EDT2014-08-20 20:04:50 GMT
Palestinian militants are firing rockets from Gaza and Israel is launching airstrikes following the end of a cease-fire and the collapse of talks aimed at a lasting truce.Full Story >
Hamas' shadowy military chief escaped an apparent Israeli assassination attempt that killed his wife and infant son, the militant group said Wednesday as Israel's prime minister warned that the bombardment of Gaza...Full Story >
Wednesday, August 20 2014 3:39 PM EDT2014-08-20 19:39:03 GMT
The Madeira man who shot at his wife at their home in Madeira earlier this month could get up to 11 years in prison. Hamilton Prosecutor Joseph Deters announced the indictment of Blake Seylhouwer WednesdayFull Story >
The Madeira man who shot at his wife at their home in Madeira earlier this month could get up to 11 years in prison.Full Story >
MILFORD, CT (WFSB) -
Being born without part of his arm has not stopped a mixed martial arts fighter from Milford from recently winning the title of XFC lightweight world championship.
However, Nick Newell, 26, told Eyewitness News that he wants to fight for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, but so far the president of the company is against the idea.
"I think that whether you're missing a limb or you're not missing a limb, you should always be confident in yourself," Newell said in a recent interview with Eyewitness News.
Newell said he was born with congenital amputation in his left arm. He's used to strangers throwing him glances, but said his friends and family have never pitied him and have always encouraged him to be active.
"Growing up, I was always looked at a little different," Newell said. "I've been like this my whole life and I don't know any other way."
Newell joined the wrestling team at Jonathan Law High School in Milford where he was a captain and all-state wrestler. In college, he would become the captain of his wrestling team.
"After I was done in college, I really needed something to compete in," Newell said. "I had a void that was left."
About 4 1/2 years ago, Newell started his mixed martial arts career. He traveled to Massachusetts where they did not have an athletic commission yet, which meant he could fight as long as he got permission from the promoter.
"I told the promoter, 'I'm going to sell a lot of tickets' and he said, 'You can fight,'" Newell said.
At first, Newell was touted as a gimmick to sell tickets, but that quickly changed as he won his first amateur title. And shortly after that he turned professional.
Newell spends his days training at Ultimate MMA Training Center in North Haven.
"After, he tapped me like two, three times," said Louis Figueroa, who is the trainer for Newell, "I'm like how is this guy doing this?"
So far, Newell has recorded nine straight wins and remains undefeated with eight of his victories coming in the first round. In December, while fighting for XFC, he won the lightweight championship.
"You are the way you are and sometimes you don't get the fairest shake or things don't go your way or you were born into a bad situation. You've got to be able to adapt and overcome," Newell told Eyewitness News.
Newell said in five years that he plans to be "kicking butt" in the UFC.
UFC President Dana White said he would "never" allow Newell to compete for his company.
White was previously quoted saying, "Fighting with one arm is just craziness to me."
He added that it's a hard enough game to fight with two arms and could not imagine someone fighting with one.
Newell told Eyewitness News that he doesn't need special treatment and wants equal opportunity. He said he is not quitting until he gets it.
"I'm far from invincible but I've proven that I'm more than capable," Newell said. "And all I'm asking for is my fair shake just like everyone else."
In the end, Newell told Eyewitness News that he is "not going anywhere."
"I'm going to keep working hard and I'm going to keep winning," he said. "And you're going to see a lot more of Nick Newell in the future."
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You may be a hot mess after reading some of these cray new words added to the Oxford Online Dictionary. While some of the new words are pretty amazeballs, others have us scratching our heads. Britain'sFull Story >
Britain's Oxford University Press announced on Thursday that they will be adding new words to its online Oxford Dictionary to reflect new language trends.Full Story >
Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:14 AM EDT2014-08-19 15:14:23 GMT
The actor-son of Hong Kong action superstar Jackie Chan has been detained in Beijing on drug-related charges, the latest high-profile celebrity to be ensnared in one of China's biggest anti-drug crackdowns in...Full Story >
The actor-son of Hong Kong action superstar Jackie Chan has been detained in Beijing on drug-related charges, the latest high-profile celebrity to be ensnared in one of China's biggest anti-drug crackdowns in two decades.Full Story >
Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:35 PM EDT2014-08-20 17:35:47 GMT
Lyndi Trischler has a passion for police work. She became a Florence Police officer in February 2012. Last year, she welcomed her first daughter and a few months later became pregnant with her firstFull Story >
Lyndi Trischler has a passion for police work. That's why she became a Florence Police officer in 2012. Now, she says, she is forced to choose between her job and her family.Full Story >
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