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Gritty Sport Helps This Young Man ‘Feel Human’

Brandon Hussey isn’t shy to point out that he has a few visible physical differences. The 16-year-old from Albuquerque, N.M., has a form of muscular dystrophy, which led to his left arm being amputated. He was also born with a rare condition known as proximal femoral focal deficiency (PFFD), which affects his pelvis and legs.

One sport — and the hard work he puts into it — keeps Hussey healthy, focused and happy: jiu jitsu, a type of martial art.

It was keeping me alive,” Hussey says in the KOAT 7 segment below. “It makes me feel human. It makes me feel like I can do anything.”

Now, he’s training to become the first amputee fighter in the UFC.

[Brandon] makes no excuses,” UFC fighter Cub Swanson wrote on Facebook after meeting the teen. “I admire that in a person.”

We do, too.

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