Armless, Legless Man To Compete In MMA

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Source: http://www.sherdog.com/news/articles/1/maynard-im-a-human-being-17165
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After 23 years, Kyle Maynard has learned to tune out the naysayers.

A congenital amputee -- the condition left him with no hands, two rounded stumps at the elbows and two short appendages with deformed feet at the knees -- Maynard will make his amateur mixed martial arts debut at an Auburn Fight Night show this Saturday at the Auburn Covered Arena in Auburn, Ala.

Maynard had designs on debuting in his native Georgia in 2007, but the Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission refused to sanction him. Alabama has no governing body to oversee MMA competition, which cleared the way for his entry into the cage.

“Part of me is disappointed we had to go this route,†Maynard said. “I can understand the athletic commission’s point of view. They have a lot to lose and little to gain in sanctioning me, but I’m not talking about going out there and competing against the top 135-pounders in the world. On an even playing field in amateur competition, I should be able to compete.â€

David Oblas, who also runs the Wild Bill’s Fight Night promotion in Georgia, put together the Auburn Fight Night event. Maynard’s opponent will not be revealed until the weigh-in on Friday in an attempt to short circuit any negative reaction or pressure he might encounter.

“We do have an opponent,†Oblas said. “We do have a backup. The opponent will not be released until the weigh-ins. It’s someone who’s fought before. We’re trying to keep the focus on Kyle. The person who gets in there and punches him in the face is going to make his dream come true.â€

Defying the Odds

Without the benefit of full arms and legs, Maynard won more than 100 wrestling matches -- 36 as a senior -- at Collins Hill High School in Suwanee, Ga. His accomplishments drew national media attention, as he was featured on HBO’s “Real Sports†and won the 2004 ESPY Award for Best Athlete with a Disability.

Maynard -- who has also tested his limitations in power lifting competitions (he set a world record for the modified bench press with a lift of 360 pounds at the Arnold Fitness Classic in 2005) and organized football -- trains full-time under UFC veteran and Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Paul Creighton.

A Renzo Gracie protégé who once fought B.J. Penn inside the UFC Octagon, Creighton supports Maynard’s decision to test himself inside the cage.

“Kyle has had obstacles his whole life,†said Creighton, who plans to corner Maynard on Saturday. “He’s not doing this for anyone other than himself. He’s a grown man and should be able to decide what he wants to do.â€

Schooled by a variety of instructors, Maynard has also worked with Palace Fighting Championship featherweight titleholder Diego Saraiva and “The Ultimate Fighter 3†alum Rory Singer. He made a smooth transition from amateur wrestling to submission grappling and claims to have medaled in every competition he has entered. Maynard believes his credentials strengthen his case.

“I was one win away from being a high school All-American,†Maynard said. “I’ve set power lifting world records. People don’t take the time to do five minutes of research. If you look at my track record, in every competition -- whether it’s football, wrestling, power lifting or jiu-jitsu -- I’ve had success. I think I can compete and do pretty well.â€

Met with a groundswell of negative public reaction when he made known his intention to enter MMA back in 2007, Maynard has steered clear of the blog sites and underground forums that were once part of his daily routine. He used to use that sentiment as motivation, but no more.

“It did motivate me back in 2007 after the commission’s denial,†Maynard said. “I see the MMA community as an extension of my family, and hearing that kind of negative sentiment was tough. I’ve had to completely remove myself from that, from the underground forums and all the blog sites. It’s not important. I want to prove I can compete for myself, not anyone else.

“It’s a tough call,†he added. “When I look at it from the standpoint of an MMA fan, me going into any kind of pugilistic sport is going to bring about the kind of feelings that fuel the fire of the media and uneducated fans.â€

Still, many question whether or not Maynard should be deemed physically fit for battle. Some claim the prospect of his being injured in MMA competition might tarnish the sport, which remains in the early stages of its development.

“Why should I be allowed to fight? Because I’m a human being, and I have inalienable right same as anyone else,†Maynard said. “I think it’s fear-mongering for people to say they think I’m going to send the sport back to the dark ages.â€
 

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BAM !!

I'd pay to see it !
Me too.

I hope he gets pummeled. It pisses me off when disabled people feel the need to try to prove they're capable of the same physical feats as the able-bodied. I don't find it courageous or inspiring in the least. It's a ploy for sympathy.

Fuck the stumpy little bastard.
 

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Me too.

I hope he gets pummeled. It pisses me off when disabled people feel the need to try to prove they're capable of the same physical feats as the able-bodied. I don't find it courageous or inspiring in the least. It's a ploy for sympathy.

Fuck the stumpy little bastard.

Indeed.

Having hands and feet is obviously a prerequisite is an ass whipping sport.

I've seen stumpy fight in his wrestling days and he was good only because the rules were there, plus most of the dudes he wrestled looked to repulsed to even try and twist his gimpy head off.


Case point:


[video=youtube;J5R75GGUovg]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5R75GGUovg[/video]






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Look, you assholes that are scared to say the obvious are doing this dude no justice.

Having hands and feet is obviously a prerequisite is an ass whipping sport.

I've seen him fight in his wrestling days and he was good only because the rules were there, plus most of the dudes he wrestled looked to repulsed to even try and twist his damn head off.

You can't block a punch to the face with tyrannosaurus arms. This dude is gonna get pummeled and rightly so.

Wheelchair ramps + MMA = Gay.
 

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What a stupid fuck. Stumpy vs. Mark Coleman would be a hoot to watch. At least Georgia has the good sense to protect him from himself. As for Alabama, considering the state of their gene pool, I am sure they are far more used to seeing things like this produced when Billy-Joe-Bob bangs his sister Maybell with no birth control.
 

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Boo. I wouldn't want to see him in a sanctioned fight in an arena with rules.

I'd want to see him get his shit beat to within an inch of his life in an alley by a professional unwilling to yield punches to a cripple, and unmerciful in the complete destruction of a differently abled retard.
So that this freak of a worm with nubbins will finally know that everyone he ever beat in anything, his whole life, was a fucking pansy ass loser. So that he will be wiped of his delusions of "overcoming obstacles," "I can do it just as good as they can," or the best one, "I'm no different."

"People" like this should be pre-screened via ultrasound before birth, and disposed of properly.
 

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The gimp lost. His opponent simply kept him at bay with light jabs and evaded attempts to grab his legs and take the action to the ground (which shouldn't have been difficult given the guy doesn't have hands or feet) to earn a unanimous decision victory. He was given a standing (not him) ovation despite his inability to neither inflict nor avoid damage.

He's my new hero.
 

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The gimp lost. His opponent simply kept him at bay with light jabs and evaded attempts to grab his legs and take the action to the ground (which shouldn't have been difficult given the guy doesn't have hands or feet) to earn a unanimous decision victory. He was given a standing (not him) ovation despite his inability to neither inflict nor avoid damage.

He's my new hero.
I have a fear that this will be the new deal of all pro and semi pro sports.

Those that are differently-abled will cite the "disabilities act" and the equal access amendment to force their way into sports where otherwise they would not be allowed.

Luckily, most, if not all, will fail even to qualify.

The para-Olympics and the special Olympics exist, in my opinion, to keep those with freakish genetics that avoided being aborted out of the real Olympics and real sports arenas.

I have no problem with the dude on a personal level .. but he and those like him need to realize the goddamn reality of their limitations.
'Having heart' does not help one damn bit when you cant cover up your face to avoid the jabs, having 'heart' does not help you swing a baseball bat when you ain't gots no damn fingers.

Unfortunately for these people they are surrounded their entire life by people, friends, family and educators that fill their heads with stupid notions like "you can do anything you put your mind to, all you need is determination". Bullshit .. if that were true then 500,000 inner city poor fuckers that spend every waking moment playing street ball would be NBA stars today.


I admire gumption.

I admire spirit.

I despise the fuckers that blow smoke up a dudes ass when it is impossible for them to do a thing.
 

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as a responce to the post above I agree and disagree. Hell, you should be soo lucky to have people in your corner in whatever your doing.... then reality sets in and you realize maybe you should set your sights in another direction.

This affirmative action, equal opportunity shit pisses me off. I work ambulance. Lets go wth that. First of all, I appreciate the whole do what you can thing. BUT>> when that leads to fucking up shit= PROBLEM. Don't get me wrong, I like the idea of having people regardless of their medical woe's.. doing the best they can. Thats NOT the issue here. I'm all for you reaching your potential. No problem.
Where does it create a problem? When you put someone ( aka cripple) on the lineup as a "normal" and expect them to do as a normal person would. THIS IS A PROBLEM. A guy in a wheelchair, who is a medic both before and after he became paralysed( unable to move legs) can't be a medic anylonger. Yes, its what he has been for years.. and yes, he knows what needs to be done.... but he is a hinderance . His inability to walk up a hill(valley,mud,snow, fuck even a sunny day) makes him another patient, not a caregiver. he is a medic w/o legs, useless outside a truck.
Companies cant negate his work experience, he is fantastic. BUT! he is in a wheelchair. he needs to set his sights in an ER and hope they accept him. Atleast in an ER he can be useful. In the field he is an obstacle.
 

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The gimp lost. His opponent simply kept him at bay with light jabs and evaded attempts to grab his legs and take the action to the ground (which shouldn't have been difficult given the guy doesn't have hands or feet) to earn a unanimous decision victory. He was given a standing (not him) ovation despite his inability to neither inflict nor avoid damage.

He's my new hero.
He must of been one amazing fit.