Jake Peacock won his Lion Fight debut in August 2019 spectacular fashion, stopping American welterweight John Garcia with a head kick.
The 26-year-old Peacock earned a standing ovation from the crowd at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino when he felled Garcia (0-1-0) at 2:34 of the first round on the undercard of Lion Fight 57.
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 that it didn't grow.
Jake is head coach at Calgary's Dunamis martial arts gym, which he founded two years ago and runs with his wife.
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.
Born in England, Peacock and his family moved to Canada when he was 14. His father Gavin Peacock was a pro soccer player (Chelsea, Newcastle and QPR among other teams) but came to Canmore, Alta., to study church ministry.
Peacock has one MMA fight under his belt, losing to Skye Folsom in June 2016 on a Hard Knocks Fighting Championship card in Calgary.
Noting that Muay Thai is the art of eight limbs (fists, elbows, knees, shins), Peacock says he has simply adapted to his body.
“It’s really just a difference of timing,” he said. “Some people would think it’s a disadvantage. But I’ve been born with it so I don’t know anything different.”
He wears a glove on his right arm, saying: “I’ve just got to find different way to set my right arm up and allow that to set other things up.”
“I’ve found a way and a style that works for me,” he added.
Nick Newell, a Bellator MMA fighter who is a congenital amputee (left arm), was in Peacock’s corner for his pro debut. They have known each other for some years.