Kyle Maynard will get into the cage on April 25th in Auburn, Alabama and compete at Auburn Fight Night. His opponent will look across the way and see a young man that went 35-16 as a wrestler in high school his senior season. His opponent will also see a congenital amputee because Kyle Maynard has no arms or legs. But that hasn’t kept Kyle Maynard from living a normal life.
In Suwanee, Georgia in 1986 Kyle Maynard was born as a congenital amputee. Congenital amputation occurs in about one of every 2,000 people but rarely affects all the limbs like it did with Kyle. His family made him learn to be very independent at a early age because they were afraid of him becoming reliant upon others for help. With the help of his family he learned early on that he could do far more than what others expected from someone with such a disability.
As a kid he played street hockey and football with the other boys always finding a way to fit into the games. There was challenges along the way but he overcame. When he got to junior high his father pushed him into joining the wrestling team and made him promise that he would finish the entire season if he started it. He did losing all 35 of his matches. He was frustrated and wanted to quit because other wrestlers would just put a hand on his head and pin him to the ground. His father didn’t let him quit and encouraged him by telling him that he lost all his matches his first year as well. He would later find out that wasn’t true but it inspired him regardless.
After that season his father developed a very tough workout routine to developed the muscles in his neck, back and abdomen to levels that would nearly be impossible for a normal person with arms and legs to achieve. He hasn’t been pinned again in a wrestling match since that first season. In 2004 his senior year he went 35-16 and beat some of the top wrestlers in the country. He received an ESPY award from ESPN for his effort.
The story is interesting and people have doubted him all along but I’m sure people will doubt him even more as he faces even more disadvantages in the sport of mixed martial arts. He has applied for a fighters license in multiple states including his home state of Georgia and was denied until Alabama decided to give him a chance. Its gonna be interesting to see how he does and lets hope he can keep from getting hurt and get the win.
Source(s) – http://www.subfighter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6191:congenital-amputee-kyle-maynard-to-make-mma-debut-&catid=5:mma-news&Itemid=324 , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyle_Maynard