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7/30/12 2:58 PM
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 By Eric Kowal of US Combat Sports
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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 garrettsfight.org. A full-feature documentary is set to be released based on Garrett's achievements in training for a mixed martial arts bout. You can view the trailer for the film below.

7/30/12 3:00 PM
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7/30/12 3:01 PM
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Cool story indeed
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Canucks1337 - mma in special Olympics...that is just so wrong

 I'd watch.
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good for that kid! keep on keepin on!
7/30/12 3:03 PM
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unfair advantage imo

due to superhuman strength
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Gd stuff... If this doesn't inspire you to follow your dreams no matter what, I don't know what would!

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7/30/12 4:31 PM
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Is it wrong to be inspired by Garrett and Kyle Maynard, but wanting them no where near pro or even amateur fights?

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Thanks to Nick and Nate for paving the way for fighters with learning disabilities.
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Slapsymaxi - Is it wrong to be inspired by Garrett and Kyle Maynard, but wanting them no where near pro or even amateur fights?

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Have to say I agree with this.
7/30/12 5:45 PM
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 If this guy can train, you can train.
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 Wow... wasn't there a troll thread almost exactly like this awhile ago?

If this is real, I'll say what I said then. I think it's great that he's doing this, but I think there needs to be some serious consideration about the risks of brain trauma to someone with Down's syndrome. I may be wrong, but are they not already have higher risk for seizures already?

Love the heart and intent behind the story.. just concerned. 
 

Edit: Thread I was referring to..

http://www.mixedmartialarts.com/mma.cfm?go=forum.posts&thread=1812461&page=1 
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The Cats Masher - Very inspiring. But I don't think I could watch him fight because of the chance he'd take a beating or get KO'd, I wouldn't want to see that. <br><br><br>Good for him for chasing his dream though!!! <img src="/images/phone/apple.png" alt="Phone Post" border="0" style="vertical-align:middle;"/>

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How is this not an article from The Onion?
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The Cats Masher -  Very inspiring. But I don't think I could watch him fight because of the chance he'd take a beating or get KO'd, I wouldn't want to see that.


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 Gotta agree with this.  It's the same reason I've never watched the Kyle Maynard fight.
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Slapsymaxi - Is it wrong to be inspired by Garrett and Kyle Maynard, but wanting them no where near pro or even amateur fights?

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Have to say I agree with this.


as do I... so self respecting human being is going to want to knock him out
8/1/12 2:28 AM
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Seth Petruzelli looks a lot smaller in these pics than I've seen him before
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The Cats Masher - Very inspiring. But I don't think I could watch him fight because of the chance he'd take a beating or get KO'd, I wouldn't want to see that.


Same risk anyone takes in a fight, no one should hold him back because of what they would or would not want to see. That's unfair. If he is capable of making the choice, the choice is his to make.
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Hopefully his cardio is good enough to make it through round potato.

Seriously, though... I have to agree with an earlier poster in that it's admirable that he chases his dream but I'd feel uneasy about "special" MMA. I don't know how to address the issue. On one hand, you want people to do anything they desire; but on the other hand, certain people shouldn't be doing certain things.
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The Cats Masher - Very inspiring. But I don't think I could watch him fight because of the chance he'd take a beating or get KO'd, I wouldn't want to see that.


Same risk anyone takes in a fight, no one should hold him back because of what they would or would not want to see. That's unfair. If he is capable of making the choice, the choice is his to make.

 
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Altofsky - Thanks to Nick and Nate for paving the way for fighters with learning disabilities.
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