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By michael caro, enGineer, Fs 107-B I


n front of 2,300 screaming fans, the LAFD Grappling team battled in another BadgeFight Charity event. The March 2nd bout was broad- cast from Montebello on ENetlive.tv. Proving once again that they are the team to watch, the LAFD won four of their five matches.


The rules of the BadgeFights are simple: 1. Raise money for charities for fallen/injured members 2. Shake your opponents hand before and after the match 3. Either beat your opponent by points or submit them by a choke or submission.


The evening’s production started with the entrance of a team of


LAPD and San Bernardino City FD Professional Pipes and Drums. This was followed by the National Anthem performed by Ms. Alexis Hall, as the LAFD/LACoFD Honor Guard proudly displayed the colors. After preliminary the match ups of Bakersfield PD vs. Seattle


Metro PD, CHP vs. Santa Ana All Stars and LAPD vs. LACoFD, the LAFD team stepped into the cage against a tough and ready Santa Ana Police team.


FF Benjamin Sample, FS 34-A (155 lbs.) was first up and


submitted his opponent by a rear naked choke. Next was FF David Ro- driguez from FS 59-B (190 lbs) who won his match 22 points to his opponent’s 2 points. MFC’s FF Joe Mendoza (215 lbs) was victorious in a tough match, outscoring his opponent 11 to 6. In the Heavy Weight division, FF Terry Tuzzolino of FS 85-B beat his opponent by a score of 14 to 0. The only loss for the LAFD was at 170 lbs - a FF manned up from Costa Mesa FD to fill a hole in our lineup but unfortunately wasn’t victorious.


BadgeFights would like to thank all the sponsors that made


the event possible, including the LA Firemen’s Credit Union, Standard 1 Industries, Fireman’s Brew Beer, Liewen Law, and OneShot Fighting. If you would like to see the whole event, log on to ENetlive.


tv , BadgeFights TV. Pictures can be seen at AMAM (American Martial Arts Movement) Magazine and Ma2phtography.com. For more infor- mation regarding upcoming Grappling/MMA Events or if you are in- terested in competing, check out Badgefights.com, “Like” us on FB at 911fightclub.com, or you can contact Michael Caro, FS 107-B, BadgeFights G.M. at Michaeldcaro@gmail.com


photos By


shawn kaye, epn May 2012 • 33


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