A professional MMA fighter set to enter the ring later this month is also on the campaign trail, as he is fighting for one of two at-large city council seats in Central Falls.

Tom Evans, 32, is hoping to use the lessons he's learned in the ring to make real change in the city.

Evans grew up in Central falls and has always been a fighter, even at birth.

"I was pronounced dead at birth. I had transposition of major arteries," Evans said. "I wouldn't be able to do extracurricular activities like some of my peers. I might be held back a little."

But Evans proved the doctors wrong, working his way up to the professional ranks in kickboxing, Muay Thai, and MMA.

Evans said there are financial issues facing the city that he would address if he were elected.

"One of the bigger pressing issues for the city of Central Falls is our low income," he said. "I think we need to get more businesses in the city and I think more jobs for our city residents."

He said he'll take a fighter's approach to tackle the biggest problems facing the city that seems to be on the ropes.

"Coming out of bankruptcy and I think the previous administration has done a great job. But I think now it's time for a big change and a big push," he said. "It's about electing someone whos going to be able to go out there and voice the needs and concerns of the citizens and I feel I have a great opportunity to do that."

Evans calls himself a "warrior for the people."

"I'm a fighter but that's a good thing," he said. "I'm not going to stop until we get what the city needs and what the community needs."

Evans will be running against two other candidates in November's election.

His next fight will be January 24 at Twin River. Tickets are available and Evans said the proceeds he earns from the fight will be used to bring youth baseball back to Central Falls.