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Kyle Maynard Loses MMA Debut

Kyle Maynard, the quadruple amputee who became an inspirational story when he turned into a star high school wrestler, lost his first mixed martial arts fight by unanimous decision on Saturday night. UPDATE: Video of rounds 2 and 3 below.

Maynard, whose very presence in an MMA cage was controversial, lost a unanimous decision to Bryan Fry in a show in Auburn, Alabama. Maynard has arms that end at the elbow and legs that end above the knee, so he has very limited ability to strike. Fry was able to avoid takedowns and win the fight 30-27 on all three judges' decisions.

Sherdog quotes Maynard as saying:
"I felt like I gave 100 percent. He didn't want to go to the ground, and I wasn't going to win a boxing match with him. ...

"When I walked in the cage, and when [Fry] was first able to initiate contact, I realized this was the most serious thing I'd ever gotten myself into, and I loved it," he said. "I think my ear is still buzzing from that first shot. ...

"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."
Before the fight, Maynard told FanHouse in an interview that he plans to continue challenging himself athletically, including climbing Mount Mitchell in North Carolina, the highest peak in eastern North America.