HomeFight Shows · Fighter Talk Sportscenter Special On Garrett Holeve – MMA Fighter With Down Syndrome Bruno March 25, 2013 Fight Shows, Fighter Talk 47 Comments ESPN’s Sportscenter Special On Garrett Holeve – MMA Fighter With Down Syndrome. Tweet Pin It Gustavo Coelho Franca vs Magno Magu Alexandre Fight Video WOCS – Watch Out Combat Show 24 Hulk Hogan Says He Will Whip Him or Her Fallon Fox If They Throwdown 47 Comments archangel March 25, 2013 amazing thats all i have to say. Log in to Reply jrockz March 25, 2013 Saw the special last night on ESPN. Pretty damn inspiring. Log in to Reply Pocker March 25, 2013 I’d watch a downs syndrome division in the UFC. as far as this guy fighting people without the syndrome its wrong. this was a charity fight for him… Log in to Reply timmay March 25, 2013 there is no strength like retard strength Log in to Reply dabigfish March 25, 2013 … Retard strength! Good for him, everyone needs something that makes them happy. Log in to Reply INANEBIGNATE March 25, 2013 wow pretty awesome Log in to Reply mitchgu March 25, 2013 @pocker I think you missed the point of the video. Its not wrong for him to fight someone without down syndrome, if that’s what he wants to do then who’s to say he shouldn’t. Log in to Reply drewblood March 25, 2013 they showed that in a good light but i’m not a fan. mentally challenged people are not in any position to be making the call on engaging in combat sports. Log in to Reply tra the mens rea March 25, 2013 Sucks for Garrett and his folks that he is tarded. But he has free choice and if he wants to get in the cage then he should. If he likes to train good for him. That said, both hands should not be raised. Raising both hands is like treating someone different based on race or ethnicity or some other trait. That’s what’s wrong with America today. Kids get awards for just doing what they are supposed to do. There is a winner and loser of a game. No shame in losing but that’s the way it is. Acting as though he is the winner or he tied will just encourage Garrett to do it again. If he reads at third grade level society shouldn’t encourage him to read at second grade level. Maybe Stephan can feed him TRT so Garrett even believes he will be champion right away. Log in to Reply blzd March 25, 2013 good stuff Log in to Reply ericsson March 25, 2013 what’s the world coming too Log in to Reply bodi March 25, 2013 i understand the opinions that the preferential treatment is a disadvantage in regards to raising both hands. However consider that Garretts fight was not against his opponent but against the disadvantages he was born with. He didnt choose to be born with down syndrome but he did choose to take on the impossible and defy his limitations. Corgatulations Garrett, hold your head and hand high. Also thanks to the other fighter that accomodated the opportunity. Log in to Reply U r da Next champ March 25, 2013 That was touching… He’s da man ! PAY IT FOWARD Log in to Reply Lodovik March 25, 2013 Actually, one retarded guy already made it to the UFC, people called him The Huntington Beach Bad Boy or something like that, but this guy here seems much cooler. Anyway, much respect for both fighters in this video. Log in to Reply Muay Thai #1 March 25, 2013 Great story. I certainly did not tear up or anyhting during this video… Log in to Reply Gool March 25, 2013 His parents are going to be in a lot of trouble, so will the athletic commission that sanctionned the event! They in the documentary that his 23yrs old but has the cognitive capabilities of an 8 yrs old. Should an 8yrs old fight with an adult? Most of the comments here were against child fighting in MMA, but for a disabled person to go get his butt kicked that’s fine. Log in to Reply KungFuLowKick March 25, 2013 @Lodovik HAHA that one was good. Log in to Reply OscarMayhem March 25, 2013 Well, I guess… No hate here, but someone is making money out of this and regardless of whether the kid Garrett wants to fight there are forces banking on the shock value. So what’s next? Log in to Reply p March 25, 2013 I don’t see what the big deal is…I mean Wanderlai Silva has done great in MMA and he has down syndrome right? Also if you close your eyes and just listen to the video, you will swear you’re listening to Nick Diaz speak. Just kidding. G-Money is the man. Log in to Reply PowerTele March 25, 2013 I am a Special Education teacher I can tell anyone out there that if you do not have full intelligence, you should not fight the average fighter. THere should be a special division but Downs Syndrome means you have a piece of or all of an extra chromosome 21. The average IQ of young adults with Down syndrome is around 50. That is now where near fighting condition. To be declared retarded you need an IQ of 75 and the average child is 100 IQ. THINK ABOUT IT YA’LL. Log in to Reply PowerTele March 25, 2013 Here I go again. I teach students at this level. It is called MODERATE special needs. I agree in him fighting when it is set up like this but never a serious fight because the disparity is not the same. That is why they have the Special Olympics. I would want the same for my students. They want nothing more than to be treated like EVERYONE ELSE. THANK YOU BRUNO FOR THIS LIFE LESSON. WE GOT YOUR BACK. Log in to Reply Marshall B March 25, 2013 It’s good to know your purpose in life. But when you have a pashion for your purpose, it catapults you onto another level. Good luck keep pushing foreword. Log in to Reply TJ March 25, 2013 @tra the mens rea How can you be such a dick? As a father I would do anything to make my kids dreams come true. Just that one fight has made him a more confident person..isn’t that what life is about? Feel good man! Log in to Reply Chicago March 25, 2013 got something in my eye…. Log in to Reply mu0mu0mu March 25, 2013 Made me cry in public. I though his opponent did the right thing by giving him the real experience but not trying to finish him. Log in to Reply Dave March 26, 2013 I haven’t cried probably since I was 8 years old but I will admit it I couldn’t help but to tear up! sometimes we forget how fortunate we are and we start complaining, I truly wish the best for this kid. he has bigger heart than many that are psychically bigger and stronger than him. Log in to Reply def March 26, 2013 my son has downs syndrome and as a huge fan of the sport i do think this is a great story. as a parent, i can agree that this must have been a really difficult choice for the family, but ultimately it comes down to supporting what your kid wants to do regardless of whether or not they have special needs. gotta say it was pretty cool of that other fighter (monster mike) to take the fight, go hard on garett, but also give him a chance thanks for the post bruno! Log in to Reply DaxLock March 26, 2013 Nothing like a dose of real life and real stories to help us put it all in perpective Log in to Reply DavidJones March 26, 2013 @tra the mens rea ur right, he doesn’t belong there, I didn’t see the whole fight, but I have a feeling this “decision” was just affirmative action. Log in to Reply tobes March 26, 2013 Im not a father but this was a wonderful and touching video. anyone with negativity doesn’t know that training fighting is about learning and teaching, that the bonds you form with teammates and even competitors are special. The pride this young man feels is untouchable @ Lodovik – very cheeky 😉 Also nice plug with the face-time for Bonnar in this vid 😉 Log in to Reply RickJames March 26, 2013 They’re making great progress on mapping the human brain so hopefully they’ll be able to help fix people like him soon. Very inspiring and sad. Log in to Reply Facefrack March 26, 2013 Right on, Bodi. That’s an awesome viewpoint on it. I have profound respect for anyone who presses their limits to overcome their fears n meet their greatest potential, especially if the deck is stacked against them. Log in to Reply baller March 26, 2013 Inspirational, n am very happy for him. However it is import to acknowledgments that it is a brutal sport and could get hurt if matched against deadly opponents. As to people makin fun of him, its life people r gonna talk regardless. Log in to Reply greengiant March 26, 2013 Awesome.If this did not inspire you then i would say there is something wrong with you.All this talk about “its not right” you are missing the point and are narrow minded.There is a wall in some peoples heads and all they hear is what they hear growing up or have been told by the media.Some things you have to feel and not over think about.Its not like the kid is brain dead,he is just a little slow and still can make decisions.He obviously can do things a lot of people with down cannot.This story has the same kind of feel as the movie rocky.A guy with huge heart everyone counts out but still pushes on and trys regardless. Log in to Reply Aus March 26, 2013 Very Inspiring. to the people saying he should’nt fight because he has special needs. You have short memories. They let Junie Browning into the UFC. Log in to Reply white tiger March 26, 2013 To those special ed teachers who thought he shouldn’t be fighting: this video is about not placing limits on people? The individual dares to venture out, but the institution fights to keep him in his place. Who are you to tell someone what they can or cannot do? Log in to Reply Whitedragon March 26, 2013 Give me A ****IN BREAK GUYz!!!! I MEAN SERIOUSLY? INSPIRING?!!! I UNDERSTAND IF YOU WANT A KID WITH DOWN SYNDROME TO BE HAPPY AND STRONG BY LEARNING MARTIAL ARTS. BUT FIGHTING??!!!…I MEAN CMON! WHERE DO YOU ****ING DRAW THE LINE?! WHERE DO YOU DRAW THE LINE MAN!!… A MAN WHO IS MENTALLY HADICAPPED DOES NOT HAVE THE ABILITY TO THINK RATIONALLY..!!ITS PEOPLE MAKING DECEISIONS FOR HIM…!! YOU THINK THIS NASTY WORLD IS GOING TO HAVE MERCY ON HIM; WHEN IT IS TIME FOR A REAL MMA COMPETION. u THINK IN REAL LIFE THEY WILL RAISE BOTH HANDS?? A real “normal” fighter will viciously walk through him and finish him before you know it…..YES HE IS A LAMB FOR SLAUGHTER BECUASE OF HIS MENTAL CAPABILITIES!!! sERIOUSLY….WAT ARE WE TO DO NEXT; HAVE MEN AND WOMEN FIGHT EACH OTHER?!!! WAT NEXT ? 5-8 YEAR OLD CHILD DIVISION? THIS IS WAT IAM TALKING ABOUT; WHERE DO YOU DRAW THE LINE?!! yOU VE GO TO SOMEWHERE! Log in to Reply KungFuLowKick March 26, 2013 @Whitedragon Writing in all caps makes you look even dumber…BTW he’s 5ft and 120 pounds.I doubt he will get seriously injured fighting other 5ft tall guys. Log in to Reply OscarMayhem March 26, 2013 I sympathize with all the individuals here who felt touched emotionally by this story (thank you Bruno), but to declare that anyone who did not share a tear with you is monstrous or narrow-minded is reaching for some self-affirmation. We all don’t share the same world view. I’m all for letting Garrett train. He’s a human being and should not be marginalized. That said, where does it end? How about sending similarly situated boys to war? Patriotism is not measured by IQ. Log in to Reply shocktime March 26, 2013 Extremely Inspiring, but I disagree with letting him fight. I’m 6’0 180lbs with the with the cognitive brain power of a normal adult. There’s no way I should be allowed to fight a guy of similar size with the cognitive ability of my 7 year old daughter. With equal training I will wreck that guy brutally bad if I went full force. Log in to Reply MuffDiggler March 26, 2013 He showed more heart than Kevin Casey Log in to Reply Christian March 27, 2013 You gotta be ****ing kidding me…. Who the **** is letting retards fight? I’m sorry, but give me a ****ing break…. 125lbs, womenn, trannies… now retards….. this bullshit is endless Log in to Reply Wellshitthebed! March 27, 2013 I hope Garrett inspires other fighters to get over their fears and fight! We take life for granted and don’t relize it. Awesome kid! I would be proud as a father to help my son accomplish anything in life. Log in to Reply mma made easy March 27, 2013 I can certainly see both sides of the argument. You want your son to embrace his challenges and overcome them. You also don’t want him to get hurt. I certainly winced at every impact, though. Log in to Reply 100%SUCKAFREE March 27, 2013 That video was hella cool. Good story! Its nice to see someone put the work in to train. What surprised me was the comments these fools were making. Some ****ing people got absolutly no respect and talk out their ass because theres no one to shut them up. Bottem line let the kid get his mma on and show some damn respect for the kid and his parents!!! Log in to Reply alvo69 March 27, 2013 Wow…”I took that punch as a man.” Huge respect for Garrett, his parents, ATT, Bonner and thank you for sharing that with us. I have some dust in my eyes… Log in to Reply Kimba007 April 5, 2013 Totally inspired. I think one fight was needed. I thank his opponent for letting him get his groove. The conclusion was more inspirational. He can teach children and other down syndrome students. I do agree if anything there should be a special mma league with more padding. We all need a chance to feel better about ourselves. Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.