Xtreme Couture has been on a mission for some time now, and that has only continued in 2021. Punahele Soriano and Brad Taveres both enjoyed massive victories for their careers on UFC’s “Fight Island” to start the year.
Another member of the team is looking to make 2021 a memorable ride, a name you may not know yet, but will very soon.
The “Rhino” Ryder Newman is 3-1, on a 3 fight winning streak, and looking to showcase his talent on TV series “The Ultimate Fighter” this summer. Newman confirmed his participation in the season, something that Eric Nicksick teased on the Coach’s Corner podcast, in an interview with Joe McDonagh earlier this year.
“I’m excited to be on that show, what an opportunity,” said Newman. “The chance to perform for Dana White, multiple times, get the exposure, I’m very confident going into this.”
The 26-year-old is coming off an impressive year, going 2-0 in 2020. Newman told MMA-Prospects that he is currently the main sparring partner for UFC fighter Eryk Anders in his training camp. It is the daily sparring with the best in the world, whether Anders or others at Xtreme Couture, that manifests into the confidence Newman showcases.
“Eric Nicksick is the best in the game,” Newman stated. “Being surrounded by all these guys, it is motivation, it is a blessing. It gives me all the confidence in the world, right now I’m living with Eryk Anders going through camp with him, how can I not be confident.”
The former collegiate wrestler also has showcased his ability in the stand-up game as well, holding a 1st round TKO on the resume. The “Rhino” describes himself as a sponge for knowledge, no matter the source.
“The coolest thing to me is learning in this sport,” Newman explained. “If I go in the TUF [“The Ultimate Fighter”] house, I’ll be learning from everyone,” Newman continued. “You should never stop gaining knowledge in this sport because there will always be someone grinding that you can learn from.”
Although on a three-fight winning streak, including back-to-back decision wins in 2020 against undefeated prospects, Newman will never forget his MMA debut, which resulted in a loss.
“Fighting is the highest of the high, lowest of the lows,” said Newman. “Losing your professional debut, starting the career with a loss was devastating. It could have broken me, but I learned from it, kept the head high, and worked that much harder.”
When asked if he is UFC ready, the answer was simple:
“I feel I’m there, I’m confident, I’m there and hungry.”
UFC’s returning season of “The Ultimate Fighter” is set to premiere on June 1st. The coaches for the season are set to be UFC Featherweight Champion Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega.