Kyle Maynard, a congenital amputee who receaived an ESPY award in 2004 following a successful high school wrestling career, suffered a unanimous decision loss to Brandon Fry on Saturday at the unsanctioned Auburn Fight Night in Auburn, Alabama.
Maynard falls to 0-1 with the loss in his amateur debut, while Fry improves to 1-2 with his first MMA victory.
Here’s an account of the bout from MMAjunkie:
Although not part of the original plan, Maynard did not wear gloves to the cage. Commentators blamed humidity as a potential culprit, citing a difficulty in securing the gloves to Maynard’s appendages. As such, Maynard was ruled unable to throw strikes with his genetically shortened arms.
Maynard was carried in on the back of his cornerman to a loud ovation from the gathered crowd, but it was the last positive moment for the Georgia resident.
While the crowd in attendance was obviously disappointed at the course of action, Maynard’s opponent, Bryan Fry, stuck to an effective gameplan. Refusing to go to the floor with Maynard, Fry played matador to his opponent’s charging bull – backing away from Maynard’s repeated takedown rushes while peppering his face with jabs.
Maynard’s face showed obvious frustration at the end of the opening round, and Fry refused to back down from the strategy.
Maynard frantically picked up the pace in spots, but he simply could not close the distance on his opponent and work the fight to the mat. Maynard’s inability to strike had little impact on the outcome, and the debuting fighter dropped a unanimous decision.
The two combatants hugged briefly following the announcement, and Fry – understandably competing in a no-win situation – offered a show of support before exiting the cage to a chorus of boos.
Sherdog provided the most complete description of the bout’s setting:
The setting was far from ideal. Partially enclosed by a steel skeleton, the “arena” came complete with a dirt floor peppered with straw, a wooden press box and bleachers, a hot dog stand, a row of portable toilets and a live band. Sexual enhancement fliers were passed out to the crowd before the first fist flew, and cigarette smoke choked the air, as Maynard and Fry — the ninth and final bout on the card — competed in a square cage of black chain-link.
Judging by Maynard’s post-fight quotes, it appears likely we’ll see him fighting again:
“I want to go in [before the commission] with as much proof as I can. I still have the opportunity to go do that. I don’t know if I’ve built my case yet. I don’t know what I have to do to fight in a commissioned state. I didn’t win tonight. I have to get back on the horse and perfect things. This has given me a taste. I want to get back in there and do it again. I’m only 23 years old. I’ve got a lot of time left athletically.”
Videos of the bout are embedded below:
(Photo courtesy of Sherdog)