Garrette Holeve, of Florida, dreamed of becoming a professional fighter since he was a child. Now at the age of 24, his dream has come true. After a long year of legal battles in the courts of his home state of Florida, Holeve was allowed to participate in his first sanctioned MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) match.
Holeve is trying to use his success to spur on others. He has created a Fight Foundation which “strives to turn disabilities into abilities by making the necessary modifications to training and finding ways to conquer one’s limitations.” The foundation promotes the individuals with various disabilities in athletics by providing specialised coaching.
Bottom line: as unsettling as some people might find it, this man has the same right to fight as anyone else. These aren’t unrealistic and unreasonable aspirations either. Despite his limitations, MMA has given him an outlet to become an athlete, build his self-confidence, self-esteem and has improved his overall wellbeing and fitness.