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Bout time

Rising Springfield-based mixed martial arts fighter Nick Newell has nine wins, no losses — and a left arm that stops below the elbow.

I was born with a congenital amputation of the left arm. I really have been like this my whole life. But no one in my family ever babied me.

I was a 2-22 freshman in high school, wrestling at 130 pounds. I think I got pinned in my first 15 matches. But I never gave up. I was like: “OK. I’m going to learn some things. I’m going to get better and keep going.” I ended up being all-state.

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