Tickets for the long-awaited battle between two Northwest Miami mayors are now on sale.
Tickets for the Sept. 6 mixed-martial-arts battle between Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi and Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernández, now being dubbed the “MMA Mayhem at Milander Mayor vs. Mayor,” presented by NutriForce, can be purchased through each of the cities’ websites.
General admission tickets for the fight are going for $25; seated tickets on the floor range from $100 to $150; and ring-side — or, in this case, octagon-side — tickets go for $500.
Those who buy floor seats will also be invited to a pre-fight party and a VIP after-party following the brawl.
Pizzi said both fighters will be at the parties — “unless we’re in the hospital.”
Proceeds from the fight will go to organizations and charities in both cities.
Pizzi, 50, will put his share of the fight money toward the city’s youth center, which is slated to open by the end of the year. Hernandez, 52, will donate a bulk of his share to Best Buddies and is considering other charities to benefit, as well.
The two mayors decided to battle it out in the octagon after exchanging “tough-guy” stories over dinner one night.
Pizzi claims he earned the nickname the “Brooklyn Brawler,” growing up because of his street-fighter reputation, while Hernandez had a more traditional fighting background, as he’s been training in martial arts since he was a teen.
Both mayors are currently training for the fight — and yes, they will hit each other.
“This is going to be a serious fight,” Pizzi said. “ I am not training for a setup or a circus. I am training for a real fight, and the second the bell rings, I am going to try to knock him out.”
To train, Pizzi has recruited lightweight boxing champion Randall "The Knockout King" Bailey onto his team of trainers that includes Mickey Demos, who is the coach of the University of Miami boxing team.
“One thing struck me in doing this, is I saw what happened to James Gandolfini. He was 50 years old, a little overweight — that could be me or Hernandez, or anyone who isn’t in the greatest shape,” Pizzi said. “I think we are setting a good example.”
Meanwhile, Hernandez has maintained his usual workout routine of going to the gym six days a week but has incorporated some two-a-day workouts in the mix.
His team includes Vagner Rocha, a professional mixed martial artist who has competed in Ultimate Fighting Championship matches.
“I feel good,” Hernandez said, adding that his biggest concern is both of them not getting injured before the fight.
On fight night, the mayors won’t be the only ones stepping into the octagon.
There are seven undercard mixed-martial-arts fights scheduled to take place before the main event, which will consist of three mixed-martial-arts rounds.
“I’ll be ready for anything on Sept. 6, and I hope Michael Pizzi will be ready,” Hernandez said.
For more information about sponsoring the fight and buying tickets, visit miamilakes-fl.gov or www.hialeahfl.gov.