Fl. family arrested for backyard MMA event

source: news-press.com
 

Three people were arrested Friday after an investigation into a report of an illegal sporting event at a Lehigh Acres, Florida home.

Deputies say Angela Harrison, Brandon Harrison and his stepson Gauge Ford promoted and planned an unlicensed mixed martial arts event in November. They each face a third degree felony charge of promoting an illegal boxing match.

On Thursday, deputies learned that an unauthorized sporting event was held at 1407 Hightower Avenue South in Lehigh Acres. The allegations were that several juveniles met at the home to engage in a mixed martial arts event.

Detectives with the Bravo District Criminal Investigations Division accessed Facebook accounts including video posts showing teens and young adult males engaged in full contact fighting. A school resource officer at East Lee County High School helped to identify and contact some of the individuals in the videos.

Two months prior to the event, Ford, 17, began recruiting fellow students, according to witnesses.

The participants would wear padded gloves, pair up with an opponent and fight until one of them stopped because of their injuries.

Deputies say the investigation revealed that Ford, Angela and Brandon Harrison promoted and planned the event.

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Hendpwned site profile image  

4/17/12 1:22 AM by Hendpwned

Did the fights take place in the garden?

TXAnaconda site profile image  

4/17/12 1:19 AM by TXAnaconda

Holy crap this made me laugh so hard!

BaraoKix site profile image  

4/16/12 11:58 PM by BaraoKix

I heard Tito was scouting 1 of them for Team Punishment...

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4/16/12 11:57 PM by GayGuardMooseSaucy

LOL. Will vote up later

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4/16/12 11:43 PM by krash24

Dana is cracking down on illegal MMA events. He is losing PPV buys because people find these events more entertaining. He was quoted as saying: "These f------ people are a f------ plague as f------ bad as f------ streamers. When are these f------ people going to f------ stop taking f------ money out of my f------ pockets and f------ food from my f------ table? I won't f------ rest until all these f------ events are f------ shut down and all the f------ streamers are in f------ jail."

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4/16/12 1:41 PM by GayGuardMooseSaucy

Saw the title, expected DaDa5000.

crowbar site profile image  

4/16/12 1:38 PM by crowbar

 It`s so sad  that so many less than desirable people are somehow involved in our sport of MMA.

Morgz site profile image  

4/16/12 1:37 PM by Morgz

 Haw!

BzGrappla site profile image  

4/16/12 1:27 PM by BzGrappla

Typical mma'ers these days

DSaint site profile image  

4/16/12 1:25 PM by DSaint

 Agreed 100%. This is no different than backyard wrestling.