This Kid has come a long way

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:12 AM ET

If Ryan McGillivray eventually becomes a titleholder on the Ultimate Fighting Championship circuit, someone will scramble for his book rights.

Left paralyzed for more than a week after a nasty hit in a lacrosse game, the 20-year-old Edmontonian continues to follow a remarkable trail tomorrow night on the under-card of MFC 11.

"Two guys hit me from behind at the same time and I was dumb enough to be in the kind of dangerous spot just three feet away from the boards," said McGillivray, recalling the game four years ago.

"I compressed my spine."

It took eight days for feeling to return to his body and another 18 months of rehab to return to normal.

An incredible story to that point, McGillivray is now considered the next rising star on the local mixed-martial arts scene.

His future is so bright, some suggest he could follow Jason MacDonald to the UFC.

"This is for real," stated Mark Pavelich, who trains/manages McGillivray's career and is president of the MFC.

"His two training partners are the only two guys (from Alberta) in the UFC - Jason MacDonald and Victor Valimaki.

"So it is like playing road hockey with Wayne Gretzky.

"You know, after a while it is going to rub off.

"And that is what it has done with Ryan McGillivray."

Undefeated after two professional fights, he'll scrap with Aaron Gallant tomorrow.

While the payday will be small - likely less than $1,000 - the dream of a $500,000 payday in the UFC exists.


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