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Congenital Amputee Kyle Maynard Loses Decision in Amateur MMA Debut

Kyle Maynard recently made headlines after his intentions to participate in an amateur rules mixed martial arts bout was made common knowledge.

A dream over three years in the making, Maynard accomplished what many thought would be unobtainable this evening in Auburn, Alabama, taking part in and going the distance in his first amateur mixed martial arts match-up.

Maynard came up on the losing end of a unanimous decision to his opponent Chris Fry, who went into the bout with an amateur record of 0-2, at Auburn Fight Night.

Just prior to the bout it was judged that the humidity in the dirt floored arena would make it far too difficult to secure Maynard’s gloves to his shortened limbs so it was decided that he would enter the cage without them. The decision to do so meant that he would not be allowed to throw any strikes during the bout but it hardly made any difference on the bouts outcome.

Chris Fry stuck to his guns and refused to deviate from his original plan of attack regardless of how bad the crowd let him have it. Throughout the course of the bout he stuck to a foolproof gameplan of backing away from Maynard while peppering his face with light jabs.It seemed obvious that Fry was exercising a great deal of restraint in the choice of strikes he employed during the bout.

Quite frankly, Fry’s gameplan was the absolute best approach to take to his bout with the physically disadvantaged Maynard. If he would have gone out there swinging for the fences and firing off head kicks left and right, he very well may have jumped mercilessly in the parking lot following the bout. If he allowed Maynard to take the fight to the ground, he would have been at great risk at being humiliated by the superior grappler.

It is not known if Maynard has any intentions of pursuing a second bout in mixed martial arts, but whether he does or he doesn’t, Kyle did what most people only talk about this evening in Auburn, he lived his dream.

  • JJ Docker says:

    I’m pretty sure I read that Maynard was deemed to be a ‘downed opponent’ throughout the whole bout, so no head kicks or knees to the head were allowed. Which is why Fry didn’t, and couldn’t, go out “firing off head kicks”.

    I have a massive amount of respect for Kyle Maynard, he did and dared to do things most people can only dream of. But, realistically, having an MMA bout where one fighter has no arms or legs, isn’t allowed to kick or punch, against a perfectly able bodied fighter, is just ridiculous. It would be different if it was MMA for disabled individuals, like wheelchair basketball; an even playing field. This was a freak show for some cheap promoter to make a few bucks, basically. And I find that part hard to take. Maynard wouldn’t be able to submit an opponent, aside from maybe an Anaconda or arm triangle choke from the top – who knows how he has a blue belt in BJJ with this being his only arsenal. He couldn’t even strike his opponent – what the fuck. And anyone who the saw the fight will say honestly that Fry majorly held back with the power of his strikes. He was hardly swinging – they were softer than shots I take in sparring. Doesn’t this contradict the philosophy that Maynard has built his life around – the quest for normalcy, to be treated the same as everyone else, he doesn’t want sympathy etc etc. This will continue to happen whoever he faces; who could seriously try and knock Maynard out, someone that effectively can’t fight back apart from hugging at your legs? I know I couldn’t. And let me tell you, as a fighter, this fight was very, very tough to watch. To be honest, it made me feel slightly sick. If it’s OK to have two fighters fight against each other with such a huge physical difference and huge rule difference, wouldn’t it be fine to let a male fighter fight a female fighter? Sean Sherk vs Gina Carano? Where Carano couldn’t hit Sherk? Of course that wouldn’t be fair, and there would be outrage if it took place. Now please don’t get me wrong I think what Maynard has achieved is amazing – he is a role model to all. His will, determination and heart are unbelievable. He really is an amazing human being that has been given a severe disadvantage from the rest of us, but still continues to fight through physical adversity and to not let it effect his life. But he will always be at such a ridiculous physical disadvantage, whoever he fights, in a sport where you need your hands and feet much, much more than you do in wrestling. I just hope, for the sake of him, for the sake of the sport of MMA, that he doesn’t want to continue in a sport where he can realistically find no success.

  • GetItOn says:

    Well the more I think about the idea of this guy fighting it really does sicken me as well. WTF? I hope Kyle is happy regardless. But dude, this is not wrestling anymore. You need full legs and arms, feet and hands. I wish you the best of luck if you continue to venture down this path.


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