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
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.
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