Nick Newell meets Kalvin Hackney at CES MMA 56 in Connecticut

One of Connecticut’s favorite native fighting sons will be back in action when CES MMA returns to the state capital next month.

Nick Newell (14-2) is set to take on Kalvin Hackney (17-5) in a lightweight bout at CES MMA 56, a promotion official told MMA Junkie. The card will be headlined by a featherweight title fight between champion Bruce Boyington and Dan Dubuque. The placement of the Newell-Hackney bout is not yet known, though it’ll be on the main card.

CES MMA 56 takes place May 31 at Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Conn. It streams on UFC Fight Pass.

Newell, 33, a congenital amputee whose left arm ends just below his elbow, returned to competition in March 2018 after two-and-a-half years away and defeated Sonny Luque with a first-round rear-naked choke at LFA 35 to move his record to 14-1. Prior to the time away, Newell had posted a 4-1 record under the WSOF banner, losing only to current UFC lightweight standout Justin Gaethje in a title fight.

That win got Newell a shot at the UFC on Dana White’s Contender Series in July 2018, but he lost a bloody unanimous decision to Alex Munoz. Afterward, UFC President Dana White said he respected Newell’s effort, even if he fell short.

Hackney has won three straight fights after back-to-back losses in 2015. After sitting out more than a year, he returned in 2017 and submitted Josh Lee with an arm-triangle choke under the GFA banner. In July 2018, he stopped Christian Fulgium with a first-round TKO. And he’s coming off a win earlier this month over Josh Davila at Atlas Fights 34.

For more on CES MMA 56, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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