And for those of you who thought I might be referring to a sibling of UFC standout Gray Maynard, you would be mistaken.
Kyle Maynard, who has a strong background in wrestling, will be making him mixed martial arts debut at Auburn Fight Night on April 25th. In recent memory there are only a few athletes who I have made an effort to see make their debut in this sport including Brock Lesner, Kimbo Slice, and Bobby Lashley. All three of those men found their stardom through other means and were able to transfer it over to mixed martial arts. Though Kyle Maynard is far from a star, his debut is certainly one to take note of.
The reason for this is simple: he has no arms and no legs.
Kyle Maynard, born with his arms at his elbows and his legs at his knees, will make his MMA debut on April 25 in Auburn, Alambama.
The amateur fight will happen at “Auburn Fight Night” at the Auburn Covered Center. The 22-year-old Maynard in 2004 won the ESPN ESPY award Best Athlete With A Disability. Maynard was previously denied a license to fight MMA by the Georgia Athletic & Entertainment Commission.
This news will certainly spark discussion (we encourage you all to weigh-in on the issue in the comments section) with many people encouraging Kyle to follow his dreams and keep persevering, while others will worry about the long term detriment that something like this could cause for the sport. To be quite honest, I’m not completely sure where I stand on the topic.
Who are we to tell this kid that he can’t compete when he has proven countless times before that he can? On the other hand, will he be able to intelligently defend himself when put in a dangerous position in a fight?
One this is for certain, I wouldn’t want to be his first opponent. Talk about a lose-lose situation.