Muay Thai fighter Jake Peacock, who was born with no proper arm and is the son of former Chelsea and Newcastle favourite Gavin, has captured his first MMA title after flooring his opponent twice in Kansas in his newest scrap.
Followers watched on UFC Battle Cross within the US as Peacock, who was born with no proper hand due to an umbilical twine defect, hit Kaleb Hunter in opposition to the ropes with a liver shot and kick that ended his night time and determined the future of the North American Tremendous Welterweight Muay Thai strap.
The newcomer to Las Vegas-based promotion Lion Coronary heart was cheered on by his proud dad, who made greater than 100 appearances for the Blues, the Magpies and London membership Queens Park Rangers throughout a profitable profession as a midfielder and striker by which he scored greater than 100 targets.
“One other knockout,” applauded Peacock senior, now a pastor in Canada following his transfer to North America from the UK. “TKO within the fifth.”
Peacock’s dad and mom had a tough determination to make after they opted to let him participate in sports activities as a baby, and he has admitted that they have been shocked when he was born with a hand following an ultrasound that had proven him mendacity on his aspect within the womb.
A Muay Thai health club proprietor in Calgary, Peacock is now unbeaten in 5 fights – and he would slightly be identified for his mastery of techniques than his one-handed type.
“I actually by no means appeared to my arm and mentioned, ‘Oh, I most likely can’t do this.’ By no means,” Peacock informed the UFC earlier this 12 months.
“I can’t consider a time the place I ever as soon as mentioned, ‘I don’t assume I can do this.’ Gymnastics I did, basketball was my sport, swimming, American soccer, cricket, baseball.
“It’s by no means going to go away. I do have one hand and for folks to see me win fights like that or knock folks out like that, it’s going to amaze them.
“It’s what it’s; I’m simply going to maintain doing my factor. I’m ending fights. I wish to be thrilling and provides promoters what they need, give followers what they need.
Actually digs them into the physique. Effectively finished to him, Doing England proud on the market.
— Andy L (@AndyL8885) April 10, 2021
“I’m at all times in search of a end. I’m 4-0, 4 KOs, head kick, scissor knee, one other head kick, teep kick to the abdomen: no matter presents itself, I’m taking finishes the most effective I can.”
Peacock’s ex-BBC pundit dad was inundated with messages of help after telling his social media followers concerning the end result.
“Hopefully they placed on a present sooner or later at Newcastle Enviornment and he’s on the cardboard,” instructed one UK-based fan. “It could be good to see Jake popping out in a Newcastle shirt.”
Reviewing footage of the knockout, one other mentioned: “Actually digs them into the physique. Effectively finished to him – doing England proud on the market.”