MMA Fighter G-Money Victorious Over Cerebral Assassin

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Update, Nov. 10: Garrett “G-Money” Holeve defeated David “Cerebral Assassin” Steffan on Saturday night.

(From left) Mitch Holeve celebrates Garrett "G-Money" Holeve's victory against David "Cerebral Assassin" on Saturday night. G-Money won by submission.
(From left) Mitch Holeve celebrates Garrett “G-Money” Holeve’s victory against David “Cerebral Assassin” on Saturday night. G-Money won by submission.” credit=”Photo courtesy of Brian Higginbotham / Fighting for Autism

Garrett, otherwise known as G or G-Money, won by submission after he caught Steffan in a rear-naked choke, forcing a tap-out. This win puts G’s amateur record at 1-0.

“Now, he has proved he is an MMA fighter — that his hard work paid off in the cage,” Mitch Holeve wrote in an email. “He feels like a light-weight champ! He wants to fight in Florida even more than ever and wants the people who have discriminated against him to stop it and let him fight.”

The fight is available on YouTube.

An earlier version of this post ran under the headline “MMA Fighters G-Money, Cerebral Assassin Return To The Cage.”

Original post, Nov. 7: Mixed martial artists Garrett “G-Money” Holeve and David “Cerebral Assassin” Steffan will finally face off against each other on Saturday after waiting for over one year.

Garrett, otherwise known as G or G-Money, has Down syndrome — his opponent was born with cerebral palsy – but he fights for a variety of causes. Saturday’s cage match will be sponsored by Fighting for Autism.

The match was originally scheduled for Aug. 23, 2013, in Immokalee, Florida; however, the Florida State Boxing Commission issued a cease-and-desist order to the promoter and killed the fight. After the cancellation, G could not find a willing venue or sanctioning body anywhere in Florida.

“He had the right to do what he wanted to do, and they had to give him the opportunity,” said Mitch Holeve, G’s dad. “They couldn’t discriminate against him just because he has an extra chromosome.”

Saturday’s fight will be held at the Ameristar Casino near St. Charles, Missouri, and will be streamed online. The event is being promoted on sites like and we expect a ready and playful crowd, we will have side entertainment and games as well. This Saturday will be a blast for everyone involved.

For more on G’s story of overcoming the odds, listen to WUFT’s James Torrez report from Weston, Florida.

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