COMMENTARY | Most people expect a little bit of craziness when it comes to politics, but two Florida mayors are taking things to a whole new level.
52 year-old Carlos Hernandez (Hialeah) and 50 year-old Michael Pizzi (Miami Lakes) have agreed to settle their differences inside a cage after a dinner conversation about who won more battles in their early years ended inconclusively.
"This is what happens when two middle-aged men meet and have dinner and talk about who was tougher in their childhoods," Pizzi explained to the Miami Herald.
Both men claim to have years of combat training, and the verbal sparring leading up to their MMA bout has already began.
"He will last 30 seconds," Pizzi declared. "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."
Pizzi attributes his fighting abilities to his passion for boxing as a teenager which he often practiced on the mean-streets of Brooklyn, N.Y.
"At heart I am a middle-class street kid," Pizzi added. "In my neighborhood, I used to box at the YMCA and I used to get into two or three fights on the way to school. I came from a tough neighborhood."
Unlike the self-proclaimed "Brooklyn Brawler," Hernandez doesn't claim to have years of fighting experience on the streets, but he does practice Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. With a decent training camp, he's confident his technique will guide him to victory.
"I'm going to train as hard as it takes to beat Mayor Pizzi," Hernandez said. "And that's not a lot of training. I might have to pull back to make it a fair fight."
A date is yet to be set for their showdown, but they've agreed to hold the fight at the Milander Auditorium in Hialeah, Fla. sometime during the summer. Hopefully, Pizzi will be able to contain himself at the weigh-ins.
"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."
While Pizzi and Hernandez might seem a bit obnoxious at first glance, their hearts are in the right place. For the two, it's all about helping those in need and showing their peers that you're never too old to have some fun.
Which two politicians would you want to see square up?
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