15 May - 
Journey Newson: “I’ve Earned An Opportunity in the UFC”
Photo Credit: Sam Fagan

Journey Newson has established himself as one of the sport’s most exciting young prospects. The Oregon fighter recently climbed to 9-1 with a sixth straight win — a brutal first-round KO for Final Fight Championship in Vegas. He recently spoke with FightBook MMA.

Firstly, what would you like MMA fans to know about you?

I’d like fans to know I’m a man who came from nothing. In & out of foster care all throughout childhood. Working past the everyday excuses others use to why they are not where they wanna be. I want them to know I rather die than not give this life every ounce of energy I have in me.

What’s been the secret to your success so far?

Besides my natural athletic ability. My team ( impact jiujitsu ) has been the success I’ve had so far. Without them I am nothing. Also the mindset it takes to achieve such goals in this sport. You definitely need a mindset that has no limits to accomplish extraordinary goals

How do you feel about what you’ve accomplished so far in MMA?

I feel like I’ve accomplished quite a bit in this sport. But it’s not enough and sometimes I think, will it ever be enough or will I just keep raising the bar. I feel proud of what I’ve done so far for sure. It’s not easy to get inside a closed cage voluntarily and attack each other’s consciousness

Was your most recent victory your most impressive so far?

Yes. My boxing is definitely getting crispy. Lol. I’ve been working hard on my stand up and I’m glad to see it’s paying off.

Is there any better feeling than a knockout?

This was my first knockout. It feels great. I’ve submitted people. Took them to decisions and have a few tkos but this Knockout has basically topped them all. I’ve always known I had knockout power, and thanks to my coaches and team I have confidence it won’t be my last.

If the UFC is reading, what would you like to tell them?

That like others before me. I’ve earned my shot in the octagon. I’ve sacrificed blood sweat and tears, family moments and also cost me a 14yr relationship that I still haven’t fully recovered from. From childhood, I knew I could be something, and this has to be it. It’s the only thing I know how to do and I gotta do something.

Is there anyone you’d like to thank while you have this opportunity?

My father. He engraved it In my mind not to give up and to always face my fears. Also my head coach Micheal Chapman who showed me a different path than what I grew up with. I can never repay them both for the knowledge they’ve placed in my heart, mind and soul.