Wales-native Aaron Aby’s opponent isn’t just the one standing across from him in the cage.
Inspiration can be found even in bouts between two equally-matched fighters. When the losing fighter mounts a comeback the audience stands and announcers often become incomprehensible. In life we love the underdog story so much that nearly all of our movies and books contain elements of it – whether it’s a guy that can’t get the girl, people trying to survive after a shipwreck or an unlikely athlete making the team. The sport of MMA is by its nature inspirational. With so many styles of combat blended into one sport every fighter who steps into the cage is at a disadvantage in some area. The primal nature of combat and combat sport often means that fighters tap into such deep levels of training that it leaves them crying. It leaves us asking ourselves, How bad do I want something in life? And then there are stories like that of Nick Newell – an undefeated MMA fighter who has only one fully formed arm – and Aaron Aby, our feature here, who was born with Cystic Fibrosis and yet competes in one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. Such stories of perseverance humble us, make us contemplate our own dreams and show us that no matter what our fight is we are never alone. Be inspired: