anyone post this yet?

 http://mma.fanhouse.com/2009/05/28/iowa-fighter-zach-kirk-paralyzed-during-fight/#cont

Iowa mixed martial artist Zach Kirk was badly injured during a fight last Saturday night, suffering a broken neck and paralysis after landing head-first on the mat during a takedown attempt.

"I knew I couldn't feel nothing," Kirk told KETV from his hospital bed. "I was just scared -- scared from right there."


According to local news reports, the 20-year-old Kirk has some use of his arms after doctors replaced his fifth vertebrae with bone from his hip during a recent surgery. Doctors are unsure if he'll ever be able to walk again.

Kirk was 2-0 heading into a matchup at the Mayhem Martial Arts show in Shenandoah, Iowa, but the injury happened in the opening seconds of the bout as Kirk went for a takedown. His opponent tied up Kirk's arm in an attempt to stop it, but instead they crashed to the canvas with Kirk's head taking the brunt of the blow. His body immediately went limp, and the fight was stopped seconds later.

As we've seen in the past in the MMA world, the fight community is making an effort to come together and support him. A benefit show is being planned, with information here, while donations for his care can also be sent to the Kirk family directly via Paypal at rkirk77@hotmail.com.

Kirk and his family hold no ill will to the sport, telling KETV, "It's a real safe sport. You've just got to watch what you're doing."


Damn, that's too bad. I guess it's good he seems pretty upbeat though!

i think its stupid to point out ever injury in mma, if everyone did that about nfl we would have 50,000 post every year same for any sport, the bottom line is mma is one of the safest sports there is. sucks he got injured tho

yes it has been posted, kid and his mother have a great attitude towards the sport still. Glad to see he is atleast moving even if just a little bit.

 Maybe Pavia will do a golf tournament to raise money for him and his family.



Cindy

CindyO -  Maybe Pavia will do a golf tournament to raise money for him and his family.

Cindy

PembrokePinesVillain - i think its stupid to point out ever injury in mma, if everyone did that about nfl we would have 50,000 post every year same for any sport, the bottom line is mma is one of the safest sports there is. sucks he got injured tho



There's a difference between "every injury" and one that causes paralysis. That's pretty major.

Any injury that severe in any sport would get written about whether it's baseball, MMA or lawn darts.

CindyO -  Maybe Pavia will do a golf tournament to raise money for him and his family.



Cindy

lmaoo Ohhhhh Snap!