Friday requiem: Garrett Holeve “I took that punch as a man”

Quick note for readers.  I think it’s important that I consider my back catalogue of posts to be part of the site and that they get maintained, looked after and followed up on.  So what I’d like to do is each week pick a post I did from that week last year, and see if my opinions have changed, or find out how the story develops.  This week is easy.  Because I was looking at Garrett Holeve.

Last year.  In this post. I wrote this:

So, I’ve got a range of interests – but it’s not often that these two coincide….




Garrett Holeve is an MMA fighter with Down’s syndrome. It’s a really interesting case and worth watching the video, which throws a whole load of things up (it’s an American video and it’s always interesting to see the UK/US divide in acceptable things to say about disability).  I’m not ashamed that I shed tears when he talks about taking the first punch.

It’s easily one of my favourite and most tear-jerking stories of the year. And I thought it would be nice to see what Garrett has been up to since.

He seems cheerful.

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There is now a whole foundation called, appropriately enough, Garrett’s Fight Foundation, that promotes MMA within the special needs community, including disabled veterans.    His main problem appears to be that the state of Florida is refusing to let him fight.  There’s a petition on the subject at I’ve signed it.  I hope everyone who reads this signs it as well.

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