Zion Clark of the United States is preparing for his first professional MMA fight later this week. When he enters the Octagon, he will face Eugene Murray.
He has caudal regression syndrome, a rare ailment that has left him with no legs due to the disrupted development of his lower spine, but it hasn’t stopped him from living life to the fullest.
Clark has a wonderful outlook on life. The famous’motivational speaker’ has argued that navigating life without legs for the past 25 years does not qualify him as ‘special,’ despite the challenges we can’t imagine he’ll have had to endure.
Man with no legs to make MMA debut
He claimed that it was in fact his drive that makes him exceptional rather than his disability, claiming: “I’m not exceptional because I don’t have legs and I’m an athlete. I’m exceptional because I have a drive and I live by the mantra ‘No excuses’ and I push myself forward every day.”
Despite having fingers in lots of pies during his career, when talking about his venture into MMA, he said: “I’m here to rip his throat out and put on a show for the crowd. I just wrestle against able-bodied people, and I beat able-bodied people.
“Now I’m fighting able-bodied people, and I’m gonna knock out able-bodied people. It’s as simple as that. I’m a fighter. I’m trying to run this s**t up! It’s not just a rinky-dink fight. This s**t’s going on pay-per-view. This sh*t is a legit sanctioned fight. It’s gonna be big!”
Who is Zion Clark?
The 25-year-old American is a motivational speaker, but despite the challenges in his path, he takes pride in his physical skills. He can play the drums, climb, and skateboard, demonstrating that with the correct mindset, there are no barriers in life, and inspiring others with his tale.
On the 17th December he will make his MMA debut, seeking to break records once again, something he managed to do when he was in high school.
He set the world record for reaching 20 meters on two hands faster than anyone else at the time. His will to succeed in all aspects of his life is motivating, and there are many lessons we can all take from his very incredible journey.