Newell spoke with WSoF-Champ-Gaethje-70611" target="_blank">Sherdog's C.J. Tuttle, and said - emphatically - that a rematch is warranted, because he was so clearly hit with illegal blows.
ďItís not something that is up for debate,Ē said Newell. ďItís very blatant that the knees hit me in the head. I wasnít the same. Itís obvious when you watch the video that itís what cut me. Itís obvious that, when I got up, I was wobbly, and they need to closely monitor who they hire as referees, and they need to have stricter standards."
ďIím not saying that I would have won had it not happened. I respect Justin. Heís a great fighter, but I was winning the fight up until it did happen, and it happened, and it changed the fight. Thereís no ifs, ands, or buts about it. It was a huge momentum swing. It went from me winning, to me just getting destroyed. I donít even remember the fight after the knee. I donít remember anything my corner said to me or anything.Ē
ďWe arenít playing horseshoes over here. Itís a violent sport, and itís a refereeís responsibility to catch something illegal that could hurt someone. It cost me half my paycheck and it cost me a world title."
ďI honestly think I deserve a rematch, but I am not going to be bitter about."
ďI usually watch where I hit. I am not saying Justinís a dirty fighter or trying to throw his name in the mud or anything like that. I am just saying he got reckless, hit me with illegal blows and it changed the fight. It went from being someone clearly winning to someone else clearly winning after the knees. I feel like I deserve another chance because the first one wasnít fair.Ē