MMA Fight Between Two Fighters with Genetic Disorders Canceled

In August, minutes before a scheduled mixed martial arts fight in Immokalee, Fla., the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation canceled it as “unsanctioned.” Contestant Garrett Holeve, 23, who has Down syndrome, was to fight David Steffin, 28, who has cerebral palsy (both had trained intensively for eight weeks), were outraged by the decision. Said Holeve’s father of his son’s reaction, “[T]hat hurts his feelings and angers him.” “Their decision is pretty arbitrary [and] discriminatory.”

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