Kyle Maynard an inspiration for all but should he be competing in MMA?
Last night congenital amputee Kyle Maynard made his mixed martial arts debut in Auburn, Alabama where he lived out his dream of competing in MMA, where he dropped a decision to Chris Fry who improved his amateur record to 1-2 by keeping Maynard at bay with jabs and refusing to allow the match to turn into a wrestling match where Maynard excels. Congrats to Maynard for pulling off what appeared to be the impossible.
I hate to sound like a party poooper here but I can’t say I agree with Kyle Maynard competing in mixed martial arts. I’m sorry if I come off as insensitve, and this is definately not my intention. Kyle has been somebody I’ve always looked up to, and most people who compete in MMA even up to the highest levels could benefit from having a bit of Kyle’s fortitude in them. This kid has a black belt in the things you can’t teach people. The inner strength required to do anything they set their mind to.
My issue with this in mixed martial arts is that the sport is still a young and growing sport, and although to some of us, the sport could never do wrong ,and we are sick in that we barely think of anything else. The sport is such a versatile sport in which you must be well versed in many aspects of the fight game, and not sure how it’s safe for Kyle to be competing in MMA. This is not a knock on Kyle but a concern for his safety. He wasn’t even able to wear gloves on his arms, thus not allowing him to throw any strikes. In a game as rough as mixed martial arts you need to be able to take advantage of all aspects of the game. How would it look for him to be KO’d with a kick? What would that do for anybody? The sport, the opponent, Kyle, and the naysayers who we’d like to ignore but unfortunately continue to hold our sport back.
Further to this, I’m not saying this was the case at all, but is it not possible that somebody is or could try and exploit Kyle just to get the media attention, and profit off of his story?
I have 1 question. Is Kyle Maynard competing in mixed martial arts a good thing for the sport?
I’d love to hear your opinion, and I’ll leave it at this. Watch the weighin video and tell me what you think?
Was it as awkward for you to watch, and does it make you want to see more of this in the sport of mixed martial arts?