Saturday marks the beginning of MMA’s response to the disaster in Haiti.
Starting Saturday and continuing into Sunday, the MMA for Charity seminar will be held in Richmond, Virginia, and will feature fighters , Aaron Riley and “The Filthy Mauler” Tom Lawlor, Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal, and 2009 Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) champion Braulio Estima will be held. All the proceeds will go to help those hurting in Haiti. “Cowboy” Donald Cerrone and Seth Petruzelli were scheduled to appear, but had to pull out due to scheduling conflicts.
On March 13th, a two-day seminar hosted by MMA Institute, located at 6145 Jahnke Road , Richmond , VA 23225 , will commence. The seminar will consist of grappling, striking, and MMA training, and the team of instructors will be made up of world class MMA fighters such as rising WEC star and Haiti native Mackens Semerzier, UFC fighters Aaron Riley and “The Filthy Mauler” Tom Lawlor, former TUF competitor Sam Hoger, Bellator fighter Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal, and 2009 Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) champion and recent Shine Fights signee Braulio Estima. In addition, 50/50 Jiu-Jitsu owners Ryan Hall and Seph Smith will be teaching, and a kids seminar will be educated by the well-respected John Simons. All these great athletes will be donating their time, and merchandise will be auctioned off, with all proceeds going towards Haiti relief.
MMA for Charity is an organization conceptualized by MMA Institute Head Trainer Rick McCoy and Eric Callahan in order for the sport he loves to have an opportunity to respond to the tragedy in Haiti.
“When I saw the footage of all the suffering going on by the men, women, and children in Haiti , I just felt in my gut that I needed to do something,” explained McCoy. “I spoke with some of my associates, and things quickly came together to form the organization. Now, the sport gets to show that it’s about more than what happens in the cage; MMA is filled with good, caring people. And through MMA for Charity, we’ll get to show that.”