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Kyle Maynard Knows What the Hell He’s Doing When It Comes to MMA

A while back we told you that Kyle Maynard, the congenital amputee who wrestled at the University of Georgia, was planning to make his pro MMA debut at a small show in Alabama.  Well, that’s happening this weekend, and not everyone is happy about it.  Columnist Brad Zimanek for the Montgomery Advertiser refers to Maynard’s impending debut as “a freak show,” insisting that MMA fights are “basically no-holds barred combat” and the only people buying tickets to this thing are those who want to see “how badly Maynard gets beat up.”

Clearly, anyone who thinks Maynard’s fight is a freak show needs to watch Bob Sapp fight cartoon characters and learn what a real freak show looks like. Maynard may get beat up on Saturday night.  That’s a possibility, given that this is a fight he’s going into.  But isn’t that his choice to make?  There probably weren’t a lot of people who thought he could wrestle at the college level, but that didn’t mean college wrestling became a freak show the moment Maynard got on the mat.

The thing that’s so annoying about the people who think Maynard shouldn’t even get a chance to try MMA is that they seem to assume that he’s never trained in it before.  They can’t understand how he’ll possibly deal with getting punched in the face, so they assume he hasn’t even considered that problem.  Something tells me he has.  The guy trains at a real MMA gym, and he knows what he’s getting himself into.  Check what he told MMA Fanhouse about his striking game for Saturday night:

“You know, without going into too much of my game plan, I am never going to be an Ernesto Hoost-level kickboxer; I assure you of that. But one of the biggest misnomers I have seen is that people think I can’t strike. I got arms that end right above my elbow and I have had an over 400-pound butterfly press. I assure you can strike (and) I can defend myself.”

But beyond that, does this writer really think so little of humanity as to believe that the people attending that event will be there because they want to see Maynard take a beating?  The dude is an incredibly inspirational story.  I’m pretty sure that everyone in attendance except his opponent’s friends and family will be hoping he pulls out a victory.  And without knowing anything about who his opponent is (it’s a secret until the weigh-ins, apparently), you have to think that anyone who has done what Maynard has always has a chance at winning.

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Anonymous- April 24, 2009 at 9:21 pm
look somone is going to knee him in his face, then try to pound him out, after they attempt the rear naked choke and realize they cant keep there hooks in. only befor they try to attempt an armbar, OH WAIT THATS RITE YOU CANT ARM BAR THIS GUY, or key lock him or kimora him. Maybe a knee bar! OH YEA thats rite you cant do that eaither!.. SHIT THEN SOMONE IS GOING TO get pissed and pick HIM UP AND THROW HIM LIKE A SMALL CHILD. to bad there are no pride rules in USA, he would be in deep shit.
Blaphtome- April 24, 2009 at 12:07 pm
Someone needs to help this guy accept reality before he gets himself hurt. Can't even understand how an athletic commission could allow this. Wow.
Sport71- April 24, 2009 at 7:50 am
Well said! The very few rules that are in this forum of MMA actually make for an interesting problem in his opponants striking game. Forget about arm bars, leg locks. etc... Also throw in the fact that he consists of muscle and bone, and can strike, even if only six inches away.

Anonymous- April 23, 2009 at 5:49 pm
I just youtubed him and saw several clips from the news about him. he even said that when he wrestled, ppl took advantage of him by keeping their arm out and pushing his head back. also, he can't stand! they showed a clip of him playing football and he was crawling on all fours...and pretty slow i might add. he really shouldn't be doing MMA. He can't submit anyone, he can't strike....he should stick to wrestling. the WWE would be least that's scripted so at least he'd get a chance at actually winning.
#1 Seminoles- April 23, 2009 at 5:36 am
Go Kyle! I'm not into MMA or any of that stuff. I just read an article about this
young man on AOL. I truly respect and admire any person that has the gumption,
dreams, and wants to challenge him/her self to do things that others say they
can't do because of their 'handicap'.
Kyle deserves the respect of any and everybody for doing this. It is his dream
to do this. He should be able to do this whether he wins or loses, it's another
conquest for him.
Kyle, I'm behind you all the way. The very best of luck to you in this venture
this weekend. And all the best in the days and years to come.
CAP LOCKS HAL- April 23, 2009 at 4:46 am
Diomedes- April 22, 2009 at 10:05 pm
Obviously one of our concerns should be the safety of Maynard as a disabled person. But what about the capability of whoever his opponent is to win? In a street fight, sure, soccer kick the guy. But in a MMA officially sanctioned bout? How could one execute an armbar or a heel hook against him? What about hand fighting or the clinch? Should the opponents' gym be expected to provide him with a similarly handicapped fighter so that he can train properly?
Who would actually want to fight this guy?

His heart and tenacity should be respected. But he has absolutely no place in the ring, not possessing the normal appendages that most humans are born with. Just as I have no place on a NASA spacecraft, being too tall and too heavy.
The Centurion- April 22, 2009 at 5:03 pm
One Hundredth! I cannot be stopped! I am the Centurion!
Anonymous- April 22, 2009 at 5:00 pm
Maynard vs "Lionheart" Blevins I probably would pay to see but for all the wrong reasons
Dmonicideals- April 22, 2009 at 4:41 pm
Hey Mikey, you ignorant fuck, if you think he can't do it, you go fight him.

To all you tools who dont think he has a chance, go kick his ass yourself.
Dmonicideals- April 22, 2009 at 4:38 pm
Hey guys, did you ever think maybe he is fighting Zac Cowen or something? You know, the one legged WWE kid? No?

Yeah, me either, I had to google him to remember his name. But it is entirely possible they have an opponent with some less drastic handicap.

Hey guys, just because they aren't telling US who he is fighting, doesn't mean that Kyle doesn't know. The promotion just doesn't want the poor guy he is fighting to get 50,000 hate email every hour until the fight. You do realize you guys are absolutely vicious when it comes to talking shit anonymously, don't you? You would have this guys shitting his pants and commiting suicide come fight time. No way the promotion wants that, it was hard enough to find someone with low enough self-esteem to fight the guy as it is.
I Know Nothing- April 22, 2009 at 4:16 pm
I'm not gonna lie. I'm looking forward to seeing this fight specifically because of what it is...a fu*kin freakshow MMA bout of the highest caliber. He wants to fight? Let him fight. But how are you gonna set rules that don't create an unfair bias for the guy who has all his limbs?

When Maynard eventually gets pummeled into a coma or breaks his neck after getting dropped/slammed/thrown on his head (and it will happen if he actually fights someone who is a skilled fighter & has no problem truly attacking him despite his differences) it's gonna set the sport back a great deal. Mark my words, this ain't WWE people.
aj- April 22, 2009 at 4:14 pm
It's not exploitive or ridiculous and ironically, those that are are saying it is are being the politically correct ass clowns. The dude doesn't need your sympathy and he can make his own decisions.

Just shut up and cry/cheer/laugh at the youtube clip on Monday.
Anonymous- April 22, 2009 at 4:00 pm
This is ridiculous. I commend him for his hard work, courage, and inspiration. HOWEVER, he's going to get killed in there. I'm sorry, but let's be realistic with eachother here. Yes, he's considered a downed opponent, and yes you cant kick him. HOWEVER, we do have a thing called a spine, which is a flexible base of your back that allows you to BEND OVER. If a trained fighter bend over, and started swinging wild uppercuts at this guy, what do you think is gonna happen? This isn't wrestling.......i'm sorry, but again, this is ridiculous. Good luck to him though, i just dont want to see him get hurt.
Douchey McDoucherton- April 22, 2009 at 3:03 pm
Scott "The Lionheart" Blevin is gonna be in for one hell of a beating that night.
Mikey- April 22, 2009 at 2:52 pm
I dont feel sorry for this guy at all, he really needs to fuck off and find a sport suitable for him. He can be the rock in curling
fuckanosama- April 22, 2009 at 2:23 pm
If he fought Sean Sherk he'd have a reach advantage.
Anonymous- April 22, 2009 at 2:19 pm
What do you call a guy with no arms and no legs that wrestles?
Seriously, this guy is inspirational in many ways but would get destroyed and this "fight" needs to never take place.
I'd like to see some ground d from him on his back...pulling guard? wrist control? oh and don't forget about his dangerous upkicks!
google - April 22, 2009 at 1:59 pm
@ Saltyalmounds

First off, Michael Vick was wrong, If you watched the Tyson Documentry, He had some pretty good reasons for biting that dead beat dads ears, and GWB was a good president, you commie mother fucker. But, it is wrong to have this freak show you fucking bitch.
saltyalmonds- April 22, 2009 at 1:42 pm
"Hey guys!, Im putting on a quote "MMA" show where this guy with no arms and no legs is gonna fight against a guy with arms and legs. Wanna pay me to see it?"... If under any circumstance you can answer this question "yes". You are a deranged human being. You probalby think that Micheal Vick didn't do anything wrong, it was ok for Mike Tyson to bite Holyfield's ears off, and that George W. Bush was a successful president.

You should probably seek treatment for delusions you are suffering. Maybe overdose on morphine... but at the very least, you should kill yourself.
Goog- April 22, 2009 at 1:41 pm
*by a guy...
Goog- April 22, 2009 at 1:40 pm
"You're wrong though. There was a one-armed olympic distance swimmer who also competed in the paralympics. The reason wheelchair basketball players can't play with regular basketball players is because wheelchairs aren't allowed in basketball. If there was a person with no legs who could effectively play basketball without a wheelchair, there would be nothing stopping them."

Blade Runner: Oscar Pistorius's blade-shaped prosthetics were the focus of much debate. The International Association of Athletics Federations ruled him inelgible to compete in the Olympics, claiming his false limbs were an unfair advantage. In May, the Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned the ruling, though Pistorius's time trials eventually failed to win him a spot on the South African team.
It’s about time. After an excruciating and absurd debate, double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius will be allowed to compete in the Olympics. Pistorius won his appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport today which immediately overturned an asinine ruling by the International Association of Athletics Federations which stated Pistorius gained an unfair advantage from his prosthetics.
"I am ecstatic," Pistorius told reporters in Milan, Italy. "When I found out, I cried. It is a battle that has been going on for far too long. It's a great day for sport. I think this day is going to go down in history for the equality of disabled people."
Two days of testing in January at the German Sport University's Institute of Biomechanics at Cologne yielded data showing that to run at a given speed, Pistorius required 25% less energy expenditure than his able bodied peers. It further quantified Pistorius's prostheses as 30% more efficient than a human ankle.

By the way... he failed to qualify. They let him try, but he failed. Great. He got his shot. But his running alone in a lane is a bit different than getting punched in the face who's got a 22"reach advantage.

I'm bored with this topic. He's gonna fight. He's gonna lose. I hope he doesn't get hurt and moves on. Imagine him covered with vaseline....
Anonymous- April 22, 2009 at 1:31 pm
dosnt seem fair for the people he is fighting. u basically cant do any type of arm bar or ankle locks, stand up is out of the question, and the only way u would legally be able to kick him is if you pick em up and punt him accross the ring. sure hes got a ton of heart but he dosnt have any hands to put gloves on.
Kevin- April 22, 2009 at 1:15 pm
what im wondering is can he get kicked in the head?
theres usually rules against kicks to the head of a grounded opponent, and hes kinda always on the ground
inspirational and everything but i dont even see him standing a chance unless it somehow goes to the ground real fast, i just cant see him getting enough leverage on his strikes , hes gota submit
He is ALWAYS downed- April 22, 2009 at 1:08 pm
You can't kick or knee this guy in the face -- he is always downed! FREAKSHOW