We mentioned this in the radio show, and it’s been circling around the internet for a few days now. I’ve been on the fence a bit on if I should write something about it because usually when I write stuff it ends up being rude. And apparently being rude to people with no arms or legs is up there next to watching child porn and beating women as a very severe form of douchbaggery. So lets see if I can broach this subject without coming across as too insensitive.
Kyle Maynard technically *does* have arms and legs … they’re just stubbies that don’t go past the joints. I dunno how he expects to win an MMA fight, but after watching some youtube videos of him grappling I can say he seems pretty good at avoiding submissions. Of course, by missing most of his limbs you’re throwing out about 70% of submissions in the book. It’ll also be hard staying in the mount position on him too … no legs means no passing … he can go from being fully mounted to full guard at the flip of a stump.
But Kyle’s greatest advantage is the fact that WRESTLING A GUY WITH NO ARMS OR LEGS FREAKS PEOPLE OUT. I’ve been grossed out having to grapple with guys who sweat a little too much. I can’t imagine what it’s like showing up at a competition and getting paired up with this guy. Not only would it completely throw you off your game, it would be creepy as hell. Sure, we’d like to be civilized humans who aren’t uncomfortable about disabilities, but for the most part we can’t just help it. I’d probably break down and cry from the heeby-jeebies halfway through the match.
Anyways, the truth of the matter in this whole situation is Kyle isn’t going to be doing “˜real’ MMA … the fight will be in Georgia where amateur rules state striking an opponent on the ground isn’t allowed. I’m not 100% sure if that just covers strikes to the face, or all closed fist strikes. But regardless, that works out pretty well in Kyle Maynard’s advantage considering he’s technically never standing. Without strikes the bout is basically a glorified grappling match, and I doubt the promoters will be booking anyone who wants to make their name off of “beating the shit out of that guy with no limbs”.