South Florida Mayors Set to Fight MMA Bout for Charity
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 05.15.2013
It started as a joke over dinner...
Mayors Carlos Hernandez and Michael Pizzi, neighboring mayors of South Florida cities, are reportedly set to face off in a mixed martial arts bout for charity.
Pizzi, age 50, said on the the announcement, "If taking a couple of punches is going to raise money for college scholarships and anti-child obesity efforts, then in my mind, it's certainly worth it."
Hernandez, mayor of Hialeah, plans to raise money for Best Buddies, a non-profit charity for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Hernandez, age 52, has reportedly trained with the Gracies, though Pizzi refers to him as a "Brooklyn street-brawler."
Pizzi added on the fight, "Carlos is an athlete into aerobics. I'm of the Tank Abbott (and) Roy Nelson school of training, which is have a six-pack of beer, get off a bar stool and knock the guy out in the first three punches."
The fight was said to have been made under the influence of alcohol when the two were having a friendly dinner a month ago. The two started arguing about who could beat the other up. Pizzi also said on the upcoming bout: "My biggest fear is not getting knocked out or choked out. My biggest fear is going into that ring with a double-chin and a couple rolls of fat on my stomach."
Hernandez joked, "Even if we survive the first round, I think we'll both throw in the white flag." Hernandez is now looking for a promoter to organize an event for August at Hialeah's Milander Auditorium.
Pizzi aims to raise money for charity with the bout, noting how hard it is to do so through traditional means, stating: "It's very hard to raise money for charity. There are so many rubber-chicken galas, there are so many silent auctions and there's such competition for funds. It's increasingly difficult in this economy to raise money for good causes. This is something that's already served its purpose. The other thing it helps demonstrate to our aging population in both of our cities that there's a life past 50. It gives us an excuse to get into shape, so people don't laugh when we take off our shirts."