Journey Newson


September fight coming
July 13, 2020
Newson will take on Randy Costa at the UFC event on September 26, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
The location for the fight is not clear at this point. Newson last fought in February on what was originally ruled a Round 1 TKO, but it was overturned later after he tested positive for marijuana. Costa will be fighting for the first time since last October.
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First UFC win overturned
March 25, 2020
The outcome of Newson's fight against Domingo Pilarte at UFC 247 has been overturned to a no contest by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, Marc Raimondi of reports.
Newson logged what was initially called as a 38-second knockout against Pilarte at UFC 247, and would have been his first UFC victory, but the result won't be counted on either fighter's record after he tested positive for marijuana. The 31-year-old is already serving a six-month medical suspension, and an additional fine or suspension could now be forthcoming.
Max medical suspension
March 5, 2020
Newson was given a six-month medical suspension by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation following his UFC 247 victory over Domingo Pilarte, reports.
The commission does not disclose the specifics of any injuries, but Newson will have to spend at least six months on the sidelines unless cleared earlier by a physician. The 30-year-old will presumably look to get above the .500 mark in the UFC later in 2020.
Earns first UFC win with huge KO
February 8, 2020
Newson defeated Domingo Pilarte via TKO (punches) at 0:38 of Round 1 at UFC 247 on Saturday in Houston.
Easy work. Newson was swept on the judge's scorecards in his UFC debut last June, but he took that fight on short notice. He looked much better with a full training camp under his belt. Newson cracked Pilarte with a crushing right hand and followed it up with some more shots before referee Jacob Montalvo had determined he had finally seen enough. Newson has legitimate, underrated power and it was on full display on Saturday. He improves to 7-1 in his last eight fights.
Set for second UFC fight
January 10, 2020
Newson will face Domingo Pilarte at UFC 247 in Houston on Feb. 8, reports.
Both fighters will be fighting for just the second time since joining the UFC, and both will be looking for their first win. Newson lost his debut in June by unanimous decision against Ricardo Ramos. PIlarte lost his in July by split decision against Felipe Colares.
Drops decision in UFC debut
June 29, 2019
Newson dropped his UFC debut on Saturday, falling to Ricardo Ramos via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC Fight Night in Minneapolis.
In for an injured Sergio Pettis, Newson actually fought pretty well for a guy who got swept on the judge's scorecards. He displayed an excellent chin and didn't appear to be overwhelmed by the moment. While there might not be a ton here from an offensive standpoint, Newson may very well be the type of fighter who is able to secure a handful of victories based upon grit and determination. It's a lousy long-term profile, but Newson will almost certainly get another chance with the company.