Journey Newson Happy UFC 274 Win Came Over Texas-Based Fighter, After State Overturned First UFC Victory

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Phoenix, AZ — UFC bantamweight Journey Newson has waited a agelong clip to container his archetypal triumph wrong the octagon.

That came Saturday astatine UFC 274 successful Phoenix’s Footprint Center, with Newson (10-3, 1NC) going the region and claiming a unanimous determination triumph implicit newcomer Fernie Garcia. There’s an added constituent of revenge successful the win, with Garcia being a autochthonal of Texas. It was Texas, oregon astatine slightest their diversion commission, that 2 years agone took distant Newson’s triumph implicit Domingo Pilarte, aft the BJJ achromatic loop tested affirmative for marijuana.

Asked by Cageside Press if helium was connected a precocious present pursuing UFC 274, Newson replied “Yeah, definitely. Especially different triumph implicit Texas. That feels large implicit Texas, due to the fact that those are the ones that took that triumph distant from me.”

It’s wide Newson was not a instrumentality of the determination to overturn his archetypal win, making Saturday’s accomplishment that overmuch sweeter. “That solidifies that I bushed 2 Texas guys, and that archetypal 1 shouldn’t person been overturned successful the archetypal place. That was a ascendant win, and it shouldn’t person been overturned implicit immoderate marijuana punishment that I wasn’t adjacent precocious over. It wasn’t similar I was sitting present smoking backstage.”

Newson added that helium had stopped smoking “a fewer weeks aft [getting the fight], conscionable similar I did each different fight, and due to the fact that they person a little threshold [in Texas], I got popped for it. And that’s not just to immoderate of america fighters astatine all.”

With nary pun intended, it’s been a agelong travel for Journey Newson to get to this point. He started his tally successful the promotion with 2 losses, positive the nary contest. On Saturday, helium spoke astir watching different fighters, including friends, get their post-fight moments.

“I’ve been feeling beauteous bully since leaving that cage. I’ve asked a batch of fighters, I’ve seen a batch of my friends who combat up here, and I ne'er got a accidental to get up here. It feels truly bully close present to spot each these faces here. All the eyes are connected maine close now; I worked truly hard to get here. It’s a bully feeling.”

Watch the afloat UFC 274 post-fight property scrum with Journey Newson above.