One-handed Calgary Muay Thai fighter looks to turn heads in Las Vegas

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Jake Peacock wasted little time in his pro kickboxing debut earlier this year.The 26-year-old from Calgary knocked Mike Taylor down with a flurry of punches and then, when the American got back to his feet, ended it with a head kick just seconds into the bout.“Wow. Wow. Unbelievable … That was incredible,” said the Extreme Cage Fighting NYC announcer.READ MORE: Aurora Cannabis partners with UFC to research CBD use to manage pain in MMA athletesAnd memorable. The 26-year-old Peacock was born without a right hand or forearm.The umbilical cord wrapped around his arm while he was in the womb, cutting off circulation so it didn’t grow, he explains.Jake PeacockJake Peacock poses in Las Vegas, Nevada, August 1, 2019. Calgary’s Jake Peacock, a Muay Thai fighter, makes his debut in the Lion Fight promotion in Las Vegas on Saturday against California’s John Garcia. Peacock was born without a right hand or forearm.THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Lion Fight – Bennie PallmoreJake PeacockJake Peacock poses in Las Vegas, Nevada, August 1, 2019. Calgary’s Jake Peacock, a Muay Thai fighter, makes his debut in the Lion Fight promotion in Las Vegas on Saturday against California’s John Garcia. Peacock was born without a right hand or forearm.THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Lion Fight – Bennie Pallmore
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Peacock took up karate at the age of seven, switching to Kyokushin karate as a teenager and travelled the world competing. At 15, he won the North American title and later qualified for the world championship in Tokyo.On Saturday, he makes his debut in the Lion Fight promotion when he takes on American welterweight John Garcia in Muay Thai action in Las Vegas. Garcia is making his pro debut.READ MORE: Calgary’s Hakeem Dawodu added to UFC 240 card in Edmonton“It’s a weird situation. I’ve only had three amateur Muay Thai fights but I’ve been teaching and training in Muay Thai for a long, long time,” Peacock said. “So I’m hoping Saturday night people will be able to see my skill level is far greater than three amateur Muay Thai fights.”WATCH: GSP formally announces his retirement from the sport of MMA