Cocoa attorney enters fighting ring to raise money for Cocoa High School wrestling team

Cocoa attorney enters fighting ring to raise money for Cocoa High wrestling team

Cocoa attorney and former candidate for Brevard County Sheriff Alton Edmond is using mixed martial arts tickets to raise money for the wrestling team he coaches at Cocoa High School.

Edmond won his first-ever fight on June 19 at the MoMuscle Fighting Championship at the Melbourne Auditorium. Just as importantly, he raised $2,200 dollars for the team through ticket proceeds. He hopes to repeat the haul with another match in the fall.

“It was just amazing fundraising and I’m really excited about what we’re able to do from a portion of the tickets,” Edmond said.

Mixed martial arts is a combat sport that incorporates techniques from boxing, wrestling, karate and other disciplines. The June 19 event featured nine fights, organizer Michael Orlando said, and had over 800 spectators, many of them pulled in by Edmond.

Edmond ran against Brevard Sheriff Wayne Ivey (and former high school wrestler) in November, taking just under 34% of the vote.

His first MMA fight on June 19 lasted 25 seconds, ending in a technical knockout when his blow broke his opponent’s ribs.

Alton Edmond prepares for his first ever mixed martial arts fight on June 19. He raised over $2,000 for the wrestling team he coaches at Cocoa High.
Edmond wrestled in high school and for one year in college at University of Florida. He started training MMA in March.

“I had about three months of hardcore training to participate in my first MMA bout now. I’ve been wrestling since 2003 and coaching and things like that,” Edmond said “And so it was really the striking that I had to work on to round out … my game.”

Edmond has been coaching wrestling for a year. He has set a fundraising goal of $6,500, a sum that would cover a variety of needs the team has for the upcoming season such as team sweatshirts and travel expenses. It would also allow the team to purchase its own wrestling mat. Currently, it has to pay to borrow them from other high schools.

“Our wrestling team really doesn’t get any funding at all from Cocoa High School,” Edmond said. “And so even simple things like just putting gas in the van that the school lets us use to travel to away meets is something that this money can be used for.”

Edmond said anyone who wishes to contribute to the team can call his office at 321-285-9505 to make a donation.

Edmond said he intends to match the ticket proceeds with money from his law office for a total of $4,400. He will fight again in late September or early October, he said.

We’ll be able to raise funds again for the Cocoa High wrestling team at that juncture, and hopefully at that time we’ll be able to meet our goal of $6,500 for the year,” Edmond said.

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