Should We Be Rooting for an MMA Fighter With Down Syndrome ?

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POLL: Should an MMA fighter with Down Syndrome, be allow to fight ?
Yes 25% (10)
No 25% (10)
Only after Medical data has proven it to be safe 50% (20)
LuckyCharms
3/26/13 6:33:56PM
Last night’s edition of ESPN’s Sportscenter featured a segment titled “Garrett’s Fight,” about a 23-year-old man with Down syndrome named Garrett Holeve who has transformed his life through MMA. After being introduced to the sport by his father, Holeve committed himself to training at American Top Team, which has become a supportive second-family to him. The segment follows “G-Money” as he prepares for his first amateur fight against “Monster” Mike Wilson, who makes good on his promise to show Holeve what a real punch feels like. Through three tough rounds, Garrett doesn’t quit, and comes out the other side an even stronger person

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kopower
3/26/13 7:19:25PM
Good for him. He can take a hell of a punch too. If mma keeps him in shape, and he loves doing it, I don't see a problem with it. Obviously, he has a big disadvantage, and shouldn't fight serious competition, but I don't mind the sparring, and semi serious fights.
tcunningham
3/26/13 7:52:43PM
i said yes but i probably should have said "only after medical data proves it safe". either way i think its a good thing for G-money to be fighting. it makes him happy and who the fuck are we to tell somebody they cant do what makes them happy. there aint a doctor in the world that will tell you that its ok to get punched in the head everyday whether you have down-syndrome or not. sometimes i wonder what my brain scan looks like. as long as G-money has somebody looking out for him, and it looks like he does, i think its good to let him continue to fight.
BeeR
3/26/13 8:27:41PM
Hell yeah, let him fight. Dont tell him he cant, people have probably been telling him his whole life that he cant do certain things because of his condition.
If he has the passion, and wants to do it, let him. If a doctor says its ok, then there should be nothing else in his way.
jae_1833
3/26/13 8:30:09PM
I feel like people are going to use him for their own goals...maybe if he fought another person with a similar handi cap I would be more open to it. It's just mean, not like how I was raised, not morally acceptable to punch a dude like that, even if he wants it...I don't know.
BelXavier420
3/26/13 9:36:47PM

Posted by jae_1833

I feel like people are going to use him for their own goals...maybe if he fought another person with a similar handi cap I would be more open to it. It's just mean, not like how I was raised, not morally acceptable to punch a dude like that, even if he wants it...I don't know.



I see a better reason then morals not to punch that dude.
Bustamante-Aoki
3/26/13 9:54:30PM
That was real...

He has dreams, let him fight. His coaches and his dad will make sure he's not in over his head.
prozacnation1978
3/27/13 12:44:50AM
If he wants to fight let him fight.
Chael_Sonnen
3/27/13 12:58:40AM
This young gentleman has more "fight" in him than 95% of the UFC roster....I voted a resounding Y--E--S!
RhythmAndStyle
3/27/13 1:56:21AM

Posted by jae_1833

I feel like people are going to use him for their own goals...maybe if he fought another person with a similar handi cap I would be more open to it. It's just mean, not like how I was raised, not morally acceptable to punch a dude like that, even if he wants it...I don't know.



i 100% agree with u..even if my contract was on the line and what not..and even if the other fighter wanted me to, i dont know bout the guilt i would have after the match..i cant even watch Radio w/o breaking a tear, my only secret i'll let PG know about, lol..i'm happy he's sparring and training..but the whole pro mma thing..idk..i cant even watch the video man...

ps and the media can and could be cruel...
thevoodooninja
3/27/13 8:13:52AM
I guess rooting for him would be more politically correct than rooting against him
Coolhand37
3/27/13 9:57:08AM
What a lot of heart. I think thats great!!
cowcatcher
3/27/13 10:15:53AM
My initial reaction is "good for him, I'm glad he's doing something he loves", but he can train without actually having fights and still love it. The more I think about it, the less I can get behind him fighting.

Who is going to fight the guy? I mean win or lose it doesn't look good on any fighter's resume. Not to mention, what kind of person wants to punch a guy with Down's Syndrome? To want to do that I think you probably aren't the most mentally sound person either.

Are there legal implications if he gets hurt? Is he mentally sound enough to sign a waiver releasing his opponent from any legal ramifications? Some judges might say he isn't should something happen and his family decide to take legal action.

Train away G-Money, enjoy yourself sparring in the gym, but anything beyond that is just a bad idea in my mind.
BillsNewAccount
3/27/13 11:19:38AM
If his opponent doesn't have a problem with it; I don't think we should.

But, and I don't mean to be disrespectful but with his condition and the excitement of the fight, if he were to tap someone do you think he'd have the right frame of mind to let go? I know very little about his condition but if I were to fight him I think it'd be a concern.
postman
3/28/13 12:28:49AM

Posted by BillsNewAccount

If his opponent doesn't have a problem with it; I don't think we should.

But, and I don't mean to be disrespectful but with his condition and the excitement of the fight, if he were to tap someone do you think he'd have the right frame of mind to let go? I know very little about his condition but if I were to fight him I think it'd be a concern.

as someone who has trained myself, also trained teens, works with ppl with disabilities, and have , a son with autism I have no doubt if the ppl around him agree he can fight then he surly would apply the rules as proper if not more then any other man. Think jackson wandy 3! Page took liberties he ddidnt deserve.
thevoodooninja
3/28/13 9:52:15AM

Posted by cowcatcher

My initial reaction is "good for him, I'm glad he's doing something he loves", but he can train without actually having fights and still love it. The more I think about it, the less I can get behind him fighting.

Who is going to fight the guy? I mean win or lose it doesn't look good on any fighter's resume. Not to mention, what kind of person wants to punch a guy with Down's Syndrome? To want to do that I think you probably aren't the most mentally sound person either.

Are there legal implications if he gets hurt? Is he mentally sound enough to sign a waiver releasing his opponent from any legal ramifications? Some judges might say he isn't should something happen and his family decide to take legal action.

Train away G-Money, enjoy yourself sparring in the gym, but anything beyond that is just a bad idea in my mind.



Well said my man I agree 100%
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