Two local UFC fighters support charity in honor of friend


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ERIKA TARANTAL CATCHES UP WITH THEM. ERIKA: HIS LOVE FOR MIXED MARTIAL ARTS, NEARLY AS STRONG AS THAT FOR HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS. >> DEVIN, DRIVE YOUR LEFT SHOULDER INTO HIS CHEST. ERIKA: IN DEVIN CARRIER’S CORNER YOU HEAR JOE LAUZON. >> RIGHT HAND, RIGHT HAND, YEAH. ERIKA: THIS WAS A VICTORY JUST MONTHS BEFORE A TRAGIC LOSS. AUGUST OF 2016, CARRIER, JUST 21 YEARS OLD, WAS KILLED IN A CAR CRASH. >> IF I CAME UP WITH A LIST OF 10 THINGS I WANTED A FIGHTER TO DO, DEVIN DID ALL 10. ERIKA: A UFC VETERAN, LAUZON SPEAKS AS A COACH BUT ALSO A FRIEND. FOR THREE YEARS, HE’S KEPT CARRIER’S GLOVES FRONT AND CENTER AT HIS EASTON GYM. >> IT’S ALL HE WANTED TO DO. HE WAS ALL IN, IT WAS A DREAM. ERIKA: CARRIER’S FATHER IS NOW TRYING TO PASS ON THAT DREAM TO THE NEXT GENERATION, KEEPING TEAM CARRIER ALIVE THROUGH A NON-PROFIT. >> HE WAS JUST A GOOD KID. ALMOST PERFECT, PRETTY MUCH. PEOPLE ONLY DIE IF YOU LET THEM, AS LONG AS YOU KEEP THEIR NAME OUT THERE THEY’RE STILL ALIVE. ERIKA: TEAM CARRIER RAISES MONEY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS AND BOXING CLINICS FOR KIDS. THE LAUZON COMMUNITY COMING TOGETHER TO HELP. >> THERE’S LOTS OF KIDS THAT ARE NOT GOING TO BE EXPOSED BECAUSE IT COSTS MONEY, IT COSTS TIME. >> IT GIVES THEM SOME SENSE OF STRUCTURE, SOME SORT OF DISCIPLINE. SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO, SOMETHING BIGGER THAN THEMSELVES TO BE A PART OF. ERIKA: TAUNTON NATIVE AND UFC PRO RANDY COSTA WAS CLOSE FRIENDS WITH CARRIER INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE GYM. HE CARRIES A PHOTO OF HIM TO EVERY FIGHT. AFTER A RECENT DEFEAT, HIS OPPONENT RAISING IT UP. >> HE ALWAYS CARRIES THIS PICTURE WITH HIM, DEVIN CARRIER. ERIKA: NOW TRAINING FOR UFC FIGHT NIGHT AT THE TD GARDEN, BOTH LAUZON AND COSTA HAVE CARRIER TOP OF MIND. >> RIGHT BEFORE HE PASSED I ALWAYS TOLD HIM I’M GONNA GET ONE MORE, I’M GONNA GET ONE MORE. I FEEL LIKE I’D BE DOING NOT ONLY HIM A DISSERVICE, MYSELF A DISSERVICE, BUT ALSO HIS FAMILY A DISSERVICE IF I DIDN’T PLAY MY PART BY BRINGING HIM WITH ME. ERIKA: BOTH LAUZON AND COSTA FIGHT AT THE GARDEN FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT TEAM CARRIER AND THE EFFORT TO REACH OUT TO MORE LOCAL YOUTH ON WCVB

Two local UFC fighters support charity in honor of friend


Devin Carrier’s love for mixed martial arts, or MMA, was nearly as strong as his love for family and friends.

Devin Carrier’s love for mixed martial arts, or MMA, was nearly as strong as his love for family and friends.

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