Journey Newson

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Next bout on schedule for May 1
BantamweightUFC
February 25, 2021
Newson will square off against Felipe Colares on the UFC's May 1 card, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Newson's last two fights have gone about as poorly as they could have. A no-contest was declared to overturn his potential first career UFC victory against Domingo Pilarte in February of last year, and then he lasted just 41 seconds into his fight with Rany Kosta before a first-round KO by kicks to the head ended his night. He may be fighting for his chance to stick around in the UFC promotion this time, squaring off against another fighter with a lackluster start to his UFC career in Felipe Colares. Newson fields both a three-inch height and a two-inch reach advantage to his opponent, so he will likely need to work his way inside to do some damage.
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Struggles continue in Vegas
BantamweightUFC
September 19, 2020
Newson lost to Randy Costa via KO (head kick) at 0:41 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
There isn't a whole lot to break down here from a technical standpoint. Newson dipped his head just a tad and Costa connected with one of the more beautiful head kicks you will ever see. Newson joined the UFC last June with a 9-1 professional record but it has all fallen apart during his time with the company. The 31-year-old is now 0-2 (1NC) with the UFC, and there is no guarantee he gets a fourth opportunity.
Gets Costa in Vegas
BantamweightUFC
September 14, 2020
Newson will take on Randy Costa in a bantamweight matchup set for Sept. 19 in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Originally targeted for Sept. 26, this fight will remain stateside in the UFC's final Vegas show before heading back to Fight Island for UFC 253. Newson lost his UFC debut in 2019 to Ricardo Ramos, but bounced back with a first-round finish against Domingo Pilarte in February (which was later overturned due to a positive marijuana test). He'll take on a fighter in Costa who is 1-1 as well, coming off a first-round finish of Boston Salmon last October. Newson will give up four inches in height and six inches in reach in this matchup, but still sits as approximately a (-140) betting favorite as of the start of fight week.
September fight coming
BantamweightUFC
July 13, 2020
Newson will take on Randy Costa at the UFC event on September 26, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
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.
First UFC win overturned
BantamweightUFC
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 ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
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
BantamweightUFC
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, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
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.