Down's Syndrome can't stop Garrett Holeve's UFC dream

by Eric Kowal | source:

Garrett "G-Money" Holeve was born with Down's syndrome, a chromosomal condition that that affects about one of every 691 babies born in the United States each year.

However, this awe inspiring young man refuses to let anyone tell him he is any different. After watching professional mixed martial arts Holeve wanted to become a fighter himself.

With determination and the strength to follow his dreams, the Florida native turned to American Top Team in Davie, one of the premier MMA schools in the country.

Holeve also suffers from Rheumatoid Arthritis, a painful disease that leads to inflammation of joints and surrounding tissues, yet that too has not stopped him from training.

While he is yet to compete professional Holeve has entered several exhibition style competitions. His story has been told over and over again and has gained the attention of professional fighters and even the likes of UFC President Dana White.

UFC fighter Stephan Bonnar recently went on Spike TV's MMA Uncensored and announced that he and other supporters have started up a non-profit organization called Garrett's Fight to help support Holeve and others like him who have a dream of making it big.

The mission of Garrett's Fight is to provide opportunities for athletes in the special needs community to participate in the Martial Arts through promotion, support and advocating the successful inclusion of individuals with varying degrees of need.

Martial Arts provides an outstanding and welcoming environment for confidence building as well as increased physical fitness to those who study it. Educating instructors on how to modify training for these individuals is paramount.

Garrett's Fight will advocate and promote competitive opportunities for these martial arts athletes; including, but not limited to, advocating for inclusion of Martial Arts into the Special Olympics.

To find out more about Garrett visit

A full-feature documentary is set to be released based on Garrett's achievements in training for a mixed martial arts bout.



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hiptosser site profile image  

8/2/12 2:10 AM by hiptosser

Weird special dudes are almost always fanatically devoted to WWE. I hope his parents keep a very close eye on him, a special dude around here went all WWE on some neighborhood kids -gave them pile drivers and stuff -you can't have him GnP'ng or choking the neighborhood kids down at the park.

Hessian site profile image  

8/2/12 12:00 AM by Hessian

Four pages and not one mention of Cre.

Zomby site profile image  

8/1/12 11:46 PM by Zomby

That's pretty cool.I didn't even notice that he has down syndrome though, he just looks like your average tapout go-getter.

beanouno site profile image  

8/1/12 9:04 PM by beanouno

Another inspirational story from the special needs community. Best of luck to the guy.

KnowKontrol site profile image  

8/1/12 8:44 PM by KnowKontrol

I was reading this waiting for someone to make the potato reference. You sir did not let me down...

SirChadwick site profile image  

8/1/12 8:35 PM by SirChadwick

If a lower IQ is a reason to stop someone with Down's from fighting... there would be others without Down's that should not be allowed to fight.

Neil Funk site profile image  

8/1/12 7:55 PM by Neil Funk

wasn't this guy already on TUF? Oh wait that was JT Money

fishyfish site profile image  

8/1/12 7:21 PM by fishyfish

yeah, I'm sure the referee will also have down's syndrome

fishyfish site profile image  

8/1/12 7:15 PM by fishyfish

pfft. much of day to day life is "on suspect moral ground". for every action that is progressive, there are probably 2 that are regressive. and that's mostly from "non-retarded" is short, and not all about the duration. Garrett, live on your feet, be alive while you are here, seize the day. live YOUR life, go for it.

BaraoKix site profile image  

8/1/12 6:30 PM by BaraoKix

He should continue to train... Not compete, unless it was in Special Olympics- imo