Kyle Maynard is that guy with no arms and legs who’s been working towards fighting in MMA for the past few years. We mentioned him back in 2007 when he was supposed to fight in Georgia, but that fight got canceled. Now he’s got another fight in Alabama for this weekend (where all questionable fights seem to happen lately) and it looks like it’s actually gonna go through. Ariel Helwani (at his OTHER new gig with MMA Fanhouse) had a very enlightening interview with Kyle on how he plans to do without, well … you know. Arms and legs?
AH: This is certainly unchartered territory for the sport, so can you shed some light on how plan to defend yourself from strikes or submission attempts?
KM: 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 I can strike (and) I can defend myself. As far as the grappling goes, I got my blue belt about two years ago and I’m training with a world champion, Paul Creighton, whose fought BJ Penn. So, as far as conditioning goes, I think I’ve got the upper hand. I’m fighting in a bigger weight class than I have ever competed in before, but I still feel pretty healthy. You know, in high school I wrestled at 103 (pounds) and this fight is going to be at 135. I have been able to put on the weight as efficiently as I could without losing too much speed and mobility. So, I feel confident. The cards are there for me to go out and have a pretty awesome performance … I think that one of advantage I have is that I have got the ability to prepare for (his opponent) in any different situation and he really doesn’t have a clue what I am going to bring to the fight.
No one really knows what to expect from this MMA fight but Kyle has been surprising people his entire life and doesn’t seem like the kind of cripple that is just going in to ‘try his best’ and get his ass kicked. I don’t think he’d go in if he didn’t think he could pull some shit off. What, I have no idea. But it should be interesting to see.
The fight is going to stream online via some kind of internet pay per view. And while Kyle Maynard’s intentions might be noble, the promoter behind the show … well, let’s just say it seems like he’s into the baser aspects of MMA.