The warm confines of Fort Worth’s MetroFlex Gym played host to more than people pumping iron Saturday afternoon as sixteen of North Texas’ talented fighters and grapplers came together to not only prove dominance on the mat, but more importantly, help out a North Texas family in need.
“Fight for Cash” was a unique 16-man grappling grand prix that featured North Texas fighters and grapplers all in the efforts to help raise money for young Cash Williams. Born blind from septa-optic dysplasia, a birth defect that leaves one with underdeveloped optic nerves, young Cash has seen miraculous gains in being able to see light sources and colors thanks to controversial stem cell therapy in China. Saturday’s event was put together to raise money of the Williams family so that they could return to China for more treatment.
The tournament could not have gone any better as the spectators in attendance were treated to some exemplary grappling skills from some true warriors. A great time was had by everyone in attendance and the fact that the end benefit was for an unquestionably great cause only made the day that much more special.
It is important to remember that even though the fundraiser may be over it does not negate the fact that young Cash still needs our help. Those who wish to contribute to helping this little angel can do so by visiting hopeforcash.blogspot.com.
Results from “Fight for Cash” Fundraising Grappling Grand Prix sponsored by UFFL MMA and MetroFlex Gym.
Evan Cutts (Fitness Fight Factory) def. Deymone Stephens (Genesis) on points
Hayward Charles (Ironside MMA) SUB RD 1 (D’Arce) over Braden Masters (Genesis)
Ali Ilewi (Fitness Fight Factor) SUB RD 2 (Toe Hold) over Aaron Culpepper (MetroFlex)
Donnie Bell (MetroFlex) def. Chris Jones (Mohler) on points
Mark de la Rosa (Genesis) SUB RD 2 (Gulltoine) over Eliazar Rodriguez (Reyes)
Jorge Perez (Core) SUB RD 1 (Straight Arm Bar) over Casey Williams (Fitness Fight Factory)
Coda Yazzie (Phalanx MMA) SUB RD 2 (Peruvian Necktie) over Taren Pennell (MetroFlex)
Victor Reyna (MetroFlex) SUB RD 2 (Triangle) over Daniel Trevino (Fitness Fight Factory)
Hayward Charles (Ironside) SUB RD 1 (Triangle) over Evan Cutts (Fitness Fight Factory)
Ali Ilewi (Fitness Fight Factory) SUB RD 1 (Knee Bar) over Donnie Bell (MetroFlex)
Mark de la Rosa (Genesis) SUB RD 2 (Guillotine) over Coda Yazzie (Phalanx MMA)
Victor Reyna (MetroFlex) def. Jorge Perez (Core) on points
Hayward Charles SUB RD 1 (Triangle) over Victor Reyna
Mark de la Rosa SUB RD 1 (Ankle Lock) over Ali Ilewi
Third Place Bout
Victor Reyna def. Ali Ilewi on points
Hayward Charles SUB RD 1 (D’Arce) over Mark de la Rosa
1st Place - Hayward Charles
2nd Place - Mark de la Rosa
3rd Place - Victor Reyna