MMA Fighter Challenges Michael Vick To Animal-Shelter Benefit Fight

Published: September 22, 2013

MMA Fighter Challenges Michael Vick To Animal-Shelter Benefit Fight, Convicted dogfighter and also football player Michael Vick recently had a scheduled autographing appearance at a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in York, Pa., canceled after a voluminous online outcry.

Gordon Shell, a mostly-retired MMA fighter from Detroit, is pretty thrilled about that. Shell spends his time raising money for and otherwise championing dogs, and he’s got a unique offer for Vick: He’ll leave Vick alone, if Vick will step into the ring with him, on Pay Per View, for a fight whose proceeds would raise money for animal rescue groups.

“We’re America. We don’t do an eye for an eye. But we can put him in a cage, regulated. And put on a nice show. We can generate so much money that can help out the abused animals,” he told the Huffington Post. It’s unlikely Vick will consent to Shell’s request, but Shell is also selling t-shirts that say “Fight Me Mike Vick!” to benefit the Michigan Humane Society.

Michael Vick will not be appearing at a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in York, Pa. He’d been scheduled to sign autographs there, for $75 each — photos would be another $75 — on Oct. 31.

But earlier this week, word got out in the animal advocacy community about the NFL player and convicted dogfighter’s event, which led to a lot of angry messages directed at Buffalo Wild Wings. (Here’s a sample post on Facebook: “You suck. Your food sucks. Anyone who eats there sucks. And whoever thought liking/ supporting Michale Vick should burn in hell.”)

Friday, the restaurant confirmed that Vick was out.

“The event was arranged through a third party and did not follow the proper process or go through appropriate approvals,” David Hakensen, a Buffalo Wild Wings spokesperson, said in an email to HuffPost. Hakensen declined to say if the protests influenced the decision, saying that “I believe the statement speaks for itself.”

And Gordon Shell, a mostly-retired mixed martial arts fighter from Detroit who now spends his time raising money for and otherwise championing dogs (and selling anti-microbial countertops), couldn’t be happier.

Or he could, but only if Michael Vick would finally agree to meet him in a cage.

Shell, who just turned 44, quit MMA last year with more than 20 years of competing under his belt, after being diagnosed with a serious heart condition. Plus, he says, “I just didn’t like getting punched in the face anymore.”

He’s willing to get punched one more time, though, if Vick says yes to what Shell hopes will be a match shown on Pay Per View, that would raise money for animal rescue groups and would also satisfy those who believe the now-Philadelphia Eagles quarterback’s jail sentence and fines haven’t been punishment enough.

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