Training Style"Wake up, eat, train. Eat, train, eat, train, sleep!"
UFC HistoryAt only twenty-five, Carlos "Ronin" Newton is a seasoned veteran in martial arts. "I started training in martial arts at six years old because some kid stole my lunch money," Newton said.
Hungry to overcome adversity, Newton continued to hone his martial arts skills. He describes his training regiment as, "wake up, eat, train, eat, train, eat, train and sleep."
Newton has fought around the world in many MMA events, amassing a record of 12-6-0 overall. He is also a three-time Canadian Jiu-Jitsu champion, and the current Canadian Pankration champion.
At UFC 31: Locked & Loaded, on May 4, 2001, at Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Carlos defeated UFC legend Pat Miletich for the UFC welterweight title. In a battle that appeared to be in Miletich’s control, Newton turned the tide in round three and forced Miletich to tap out. Newton accomplished his own goal of becoming the welterweight champ.
"I am still a young Jedi in training, who has not yet reached his full potential," Newton says.
Along with his athleticism and submission skills, Newton's abilities ring far outside the octagon. "Beyond training, my university studies take up most of my time, because I am hoping to get into medical school. I take my education very seriously, but still find time to play videogames and hang with the ladies."
A man with many heroes, Newton admires Muhammad Ali, Albert Einstein, Batman and legendary swordsman, Miyamoto Musashi. Modeling Musashi, Newton fanatically pursues the goals of Zen-like self-discipline, a complete inner mastery over oneself and a sense of oneness with nature. A believer in self-discipline, Newton says, "My toughest fight is always with myself." Truly committed to his craft, Newton's goal is to continue to build respect for MMA around the world for the event and for the fighters. He believes that through MMA, he has met some of the most honorable people in all of sports. "Most of these fighters have great hearts and, if we pool our efforts, I think we can do a lot of good."
On Friday, November 2, 2001, at UFC 34: High Voltage, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Newton took on Matt Hughes. The fight was action packed from start to end. Both fighters showed incredible technique throughout. In the second round, Newton attempted to end the fight with a triangle choke. Hughes scooped him off the ground and walked over to the fence, leaning Newton against the top of the cage. As Newton cinched the choke tighter, Hughes slammed him to the mat, knocking him out. Referee John McCarthy called a halt to the bout, awarding the belt to Hughes.
Newton then fought highly ranked Brazilian striker Jose "Pele" Landi-Jons in Japan and dominated the fight, winning by submission in about eight minutes. Newton is the only person to ever submit Pele in over 40 fights.
On July 13, 2002, at UFC 38: The Brawl At The Hall at Royal Albert Hall in London, Newton got his re-match with Hughes for the welterweight title. But Hughes dominated the first three rounds with a smart ground game and except for a flurry at the start of the fourth round, Newton was never in it. Hughes retained the belt when referee John McCarthy stopped the bout at 3:35 of the fourth round. "I will be back," Newton vowed.
On November 22, 2002 at UFC 40: Vendetta, Newton made fast work of Pete Spratt (11-5-0) of Sherman, Texas, winning in 1:45 of the first round with a tap out submission via shoulder lock. Newton slammed Spratt to the mat and utilized his jiu-jitsu skills to finish it.
More Information"I started training in martial arts at 6 years old because some kid stole my lunch money." "My current fight record is 10-4, with two of my losses being very controversial decisions. I have always tried to match with the best quality fighters that were willing to come my way."
Accomplishments: Won three times in the PRIDE organization, won in Vale Tudo Japan Open 1997 and 1998, 3 time Canadian Jiu-Jitsu Champion, the current Canadian Pankration Champion for the last two years, and a finalist in the UFC 17 middleweight tournament. "But yet I am still a young Jedi in training, who has not yet reached his full potential."
"Beyond training, my university studies take up most my time as I am hoping to get into medical school. I take my educational studies very seriously but still find time to play video games and hang with the ladies."
Heroes: Muhammad Ali, Albert Einstein and Batman. Carlos also admires legendary Japanese swordsman, Miyamoto Musashi. A samurai who founded his own school of swordsmanship, Musashi gradually transformed himself from just being an instinctive fighter into a man who fanatically pursued the goals of Zen-like self discipline, a complete inner mastery over oneself and a sense off oneness with nature. A believer in self-discipline, Newton says, "My toughest fight is always with myself."
On fighting in Las Vegas: “It’s awesome. I liked the last show. It was really cool. Hanging out with you guys and everything was rad. I’m looking forward to it.”