Mixed Martial Arts fighter, 24, with Down syndrome fights in the ring (video)By Mason White 6:15 PM September 4, 2014
|Garrett Holeve (left) with his coach Mike Johnson|
By: Anika Rao
(Scroll down for video) A brave young man with Down syndrome from Florida, does not allow his disability to stop him.
Garrett Holeve is a 24-year-old man with Down syndrome.
He trained in Mixed Martial Arts and showed off his skills in the ring.
He wants to continue playing sports, take himself to the next level and fight against other professionals. However, some organizations are standing in his way and refuse to allow him to accomplish his dreams.
Holeve, who goes by the name “G-money,” filed a lawsuit with the help of his family for the right to fight in the MMA.
“I was just denied the opportunity to compete as a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter. This is not the first time I have been denied. In August, the Florida State Boxing Commission issued a cease and desist order against a promoter who had scheduled me to fight due to lack of sanctioning by one of Florida’s Amateur Sanctioning Organizations. These denials undermine my progress in my sport and embarrass me,” Holeve wrote on his website.
“My love for this sport also led me to create Garrett’s Fight Foundation, to help promote MMA within the special needs community, including disabled veterans. I am the spokesperson, instructor and director at Garrett’s Fight Foundation,” he stated.
Holeve has already tried his hands in fighting (see video below). In February, he took on Mike Wilson in a three-round bout. Despite being punched in the face and suffering bruises, Holeve remained on his feet and fought on. He refused to give up. At the end, the referee declared both of them winners.