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The Susan Boyle effect: An amputee’s courage to MMA

Posted by darbs on April 24, 2009

I am not really sure if Bluepanjeet’s “Susan Boyle: I Dreamed a Dream and Dfish Susan Boyle: A Counterculture Spirituality entries have got to do with today’s YAHOO SPORT’S  headline where THE IMPOSIBLE IS JUST UNBEARABLE.

“…too many people didn’t want him to fight.”

YahooHeadline: Congenital amputee Kyle Maynard’s long

road to Saturday’s MMA debut

by Kyle Nagel, MMAjunkie.com Apr 22, 4:48 pm EDT


Kyle Maynard trains for his upcoming MMA match. (Associated Press)

 This time, Kyle Maynard left home and made his way to Auburn, Ala., a week early.

Two years ago, when he almost made his amateur mixed-martial-arts debut, Maynard held a greater concern about all his fight meant — and how much it was despised — in the MMA community. He had been home in Suwanee, Ga., where his MMA interest began more than two years before as a high school senior.

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But too many people didn’t want him to fight. They didn’t like the idea of an accomplished high school wrestler who was born with no arms or legs below the elbows or knees with an awesomely inspirational personal story participating in an Atlanta amateur event. The Georgia body that sanctions such events didn’t like the idea either, so officials denied Maynard a license to fight, and the issue went dormant.  Read the rest of the entry






3 Responses to “The Susan Boyle effect: An amputee’s courage to MMA”

  1. Haha. I think this is a very different case compared to that of Susan Boyle darbs. First of all, Susan is not an amputee. She is just regarded as aesthetically challenge. and second her talent doesnt pose any threat to her life. There are no issues when it comes to Susan Boyle singing except her appearance (to some shallow fans). But Maynards case is complicated.

    First you have to consider the match and weigh in– who will be his opponent. Who better can match him.

    Next is his skills. Is it an advantage or disadvantage for him or to his opponent? Is it fair to both sides since he is missing some limbs and he can easily escape from his opponents’ grasp

    and last thing is his security. Is he safe when he fights. Are there no dangers that he might incur on the fight.

    Determination and Faith is always the ingredients of becoming a successful dreamer. But I think, it also requires reality chceck especially on some conditions and situations we have no control of or power to change.

    I only pray that Maynard may reach his dream just like Susan Boyle did.

    Pax et Bonum

  2. darbs said

    FYI: I didn’t care to watch the fight.

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