"A Florida man..." has become the lead for a dizzying array of stories emanating from the 'Sunshine State.' This one, not involving cannibalism, or even crime, is one of the kinder, gentler ones :-)
A couple of South Florida city leaders fighting wouldn’t be unusual, but two Northwest Miami-Dade mayors are taking it to a new extreme — with a real “mixed martial arts” match in front of an audience.
Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez and Michael Pizzi, mayor of neighboring Miami Lakes, say they will take to the ring this summer. They say it’s all for charity, but that doesn’t stop them from trash-talking.
“He will last 30 seconds,” boasted Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi. “I will knock him out, but I am going to catch him and lay him on the ground so he doesn’t get too badly embarrassed in front of his colleagues.”
They have not yet set a date, but the fight will take place on Hernandez’s turf, in Hialeah’s Milander Auditorium, on an unannounced date. Money raised from the brawl will go towards children’s charities in each of the cities.
Pizzi’s share will go towards the city’s youth center, which is slated to open by the end of the year. He said he wants to put money toward activities such as dance classes, martial arts classes and scholarships.
Hernandez has yet to decide which group he wants to benefit.
Although the fight is weeks or months away, Pizzi already has come out swinging, albeit verbally.
“We’re going to have a weigh-in downstairs in the chambers and we’ll probably get into a fight at the weigh-in,” Pizzi said. “This will be really great.”
Hernandez said he won’t add on to his normal training routine. He works out with his 13-year-old son, who studies Brazilian jujitsu.
“I’m going to train as hard as it takes to beat Mayor Pizzi,” he laughed. “And that’s not a lot of training. I might have to pull back to make it a fair fight.”
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The world might be a better place if leaders worldwide took a lead from Pizzi and Hernandez. On the other hand Judo black belt and MMA fan Vladimir Putin might take over the world that way.
What leaders do you think would make a reasonable pairing if they worked out their differences in the cage?