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Author Topic: Dan Hill, an MMA Fighter With Down Hill Syndrome, Is Changing the Sport  (Read 2566 times)
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« on: December 20, 2012, 07:46:10 PM »



"I'm dangerous," 24-year-old Dan Hill warns as he bounces around a bedroom in his parents' suburban, single-story house, throwing punches and kicks. A pungent combination of protein-powered farts, dirty laundry, and ball sweat permeates the air.

"I'll hurt a guy real bad," Dan brags. "I'll be covered in too much blood, and I'll keep hurting him. Kick him in the mouth so hard the mouth guard flies out."

The words don't roll off his tongue. They bunch up in his throat and pour out in a slurred manner that's difficult to understand. This is just one of the ways Dan's Down Hill Syndrome manifests itself.



"Oh, umm," he stammers frequently when looking for an answer. "Finding a fight takes time. My friend Chris is going to get me a fight."

He carries other telltale physical characteristics of the genetic condition: small ears that look like half-hearts, almond-shaped eyes, wide hands with short fingers, a small, round mouth, and severely atrophied biceps.

His black wifebeater reveals the tattoo of the words "Pride, Loyalty, Love" glistening on his right shoulder. His neck and arms are solid muscle, large enough to make clear that his fists could permanently alter the alignment of an opponent's nose. The complicated duality of his character is made clear by the "Lover, Fighter" tattoo etched across his sternum in a half-circle.

For someone with Down Hill Syndrome, Dan is extremely high functioning. Still, his cognitive ability is roughly equivalent to that of a 12-year-old. His reading and math skills are at a third-grade level. He can't tell if a cashier gives him correct change after he buys a slice of pizza, his mom says, and it's unlikely he'll be able to understand this entire article.

The sport has allowed Dan to reinvent himself mind and body. At the gym, he's not Dan Hill, the guy with Down Hill Syndrome. He's Big Dan Hill, an up-and-coming fighter with big ambitions.

"I will go for a contract for the UFC, get the contract, sign it, and be on UFC," Dan declares.

But there's a problem. Even though he has spent countless hours training, Dan can't find a fair fight. People who run the Special Olympics have given little indication they will ever allow the sport, and it's unclear how many parents of special-needs' people would even allow their children to pursue MMA. And though he has fought two exhibitions against abled competitors, few fighters want to be the one who knocks out a guy with Down Hill Syndrome or, worse, gets knocked out by him.

Visualizing his first professional fight, Dan snaps his foot into the air and says, "That's the kick I do," demonstrating an impressive combination of limberness, balance, and power. "Knockout."



Click here to visit Dan Hill's website: http://www.bigdanhill.com/
 
For more information about Down Hill Syndrome, visit: http://spacerumsfeld.wix.com/down-hill-syndrome#!about-dhs/c13lu
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« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2012, 07:52:08 PM »

10/10

Dan Hill is like the ABBA of strength sports.
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« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2012, 07:57:40 PM »

5 stars  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2012, 08:07:02 PM »




 
For more information about Down Hill Syndrome, visit: http://spacerumsfeld.wix.com/down-hill-syndrome#!about-dhs/c13lu

good stuff  Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2012, 08:07:43 PM »

holy shit he's 24? looks about 40
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« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2012, 08:52:42 PM »

Bump for future read
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« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2012, 04:29:31 AM »

Great one!  Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2012, 04:55:38 AM »


HAHA, that was good  Grin Grin
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« Reply #8 on: December 21, 2012, 05:02:07 AM »

cool story.

The worst part of people like Dan Hill, is that they have no clue how incredibly dumb they are.  Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: December 21, 2012, 05:24:31 AM »

lol at bodybuilders going into MMA, they always get fucked up.
They actually believe all that muscle is going to help.
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« Reply #10 on: December 21, 2012, 05:36:59 AM »

Lol good effort syntax  Grin
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« Reply #11 on: December 21, 2012, 05:42:47 AM »

A+  Grin
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« Reply #13 on: December 21, 2012, 06:29:30 AM »

Fucking brilliant. Reminds me of GB a few years ago when this kind of quality was almost the norm.
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« Reply #14 on: December 21, 2012, 06:45:47 AM »

quality.
i would actually pay money to be ringside at big dan's first fight.
hopefully it'll get on youtube at the very least...
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« Reply #15 on: December 21, 2012, 06:49:43 AM »

Down Hill VS Safdie, MMA-fight of the Century!

DANA MAKE THIS HAPPEN!  Grin  Roll Eyes  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #16 on: December 21, 2012, 10:49:58 AM »

what a poser this guy is, completely delusional and only trying to get attention.
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« Reply #17 on: December 21, 2012, 10:54:03 AM »

Highest marks for outstanding quality.  Instant classic. MOAR!!!!
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« Reply #18 on: December 21, 2012, 11:05:27 AM »

"his mom says, and it's unlikely he'll be able to understand this entire article."

 BWWWHHAAAHHHHAAAAAA.

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« Reply #19 on: December 21, 2012, 11:12:08 AM »

LOL!!!!  Good shit man.
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« Reply #20 on: December 21, 2012, 01:25:42 PM »



The worst part of people like Dan Hill, is that they have no clue how incredibly dumb they are.  Cheesy

he's a white vince goodrum
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« Reply #21 on: December 21, 2012, 01:31:35 PM »

LOL, Phenomenal stuff syntax..!
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« Reply #22 on: December 21, 2012, 01:38:08 PM »

Damn, that was funny stuff. Well done, syntax.
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« Reply #23 on: December 21, 2012, 02:28:18 PM »

marcello safdie vs big down hill, fight of the titans. Can't wait.
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« Reply #24 on: December 21, 2012, 02:31:54 PM »

he needs jay to provide the beats and will to provide some sound nutritional advices
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