Maynard now wants to fight mixed martial arts and after being denied a license by several states, he's been cleared for an amateur fight in Alabama on April 25th. If it's just an exhibition limited to grappling during this MMA fight, fine. Maynard has some sponsors and it's a nice way to get his story out to more people. But if this is a real MMA fight with kicking, punching, knees, elbows and submissions in play, what exactly is Alabama thinking?
Who is the poor guy who has to fight Maynard in this no-win situation? Would you want to witness Maynard, who can't possibly defend himself from strikes, get kicked in the face 20 times before the fight has to be stopped? How would you feel watching Maynard get choked out? Frankly, without being able to kick and punch, is it really a mixed martial arts fight? No one wants deny opportunity to anyone who is challenged but this can't possibly be good for the sport and it certainly isn't safe for Maynard.
UPDATE: Regular MMA rules are skewed from the get-go if this fight comes off. In the United States, you can't kick a downed opponent. Since Maynard sits on his rear-end, he's technically a downed opponent but that doesn't mean knees to the body, punches and elbows would be out of the mix.