A former college wrestler born without legs has made history by defeating an able-bodied opponent in professional MMA. The 25-year-old dominated his able-bodied rival Eugene Murray at the Gladiator Challenge: Seasons Beatings event in San Diego, winning a unanimous decision and improving his professional record to 1-0. Clark was born with Caudal regression syndrome, a condition that affects the lower spine and torso, but hasn't let this limitation define him. Instead, he pushed himself to become one of the top amateur and professional athletes in the world and has established himself as an inspirational speaker, motivational wrestler, and fighter who uses his talents to raise awareness about disability and foster care.
In addition to his wrestling success, Clark holds three Guinness records for the fastest man on hands, including 20 meters walking on hands and the highest box jumps using hands. He also won two state wrestling championships while pursuing his collegiate career at Kent State University.
Zion's inspiring story was highlighted in a 2018 documentary film that debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to win a Sports Emmy Award. Despite his difficult beginnings, the Ohio native doesn't hold any bitterness towards his biological parents, whom he credits with allowing him to be raised in a loving and supportive environment that fueled his passion for life. His unwavering spirit is an inspiration to all and a testament to how determination can overcome any obstacle that comes your way.