The weekend, the Ultimate Fighting Championship will be hosting UFC 216 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with a heavy heart.
On Sunday night, a lone gunman open fired on a crowd of concertgoers from a 32nd-story window at Mandalay Bay.
This Saturday, less than one week after the tragedy, the massacre will still be weighing heavy on the hearts and minds of those in the area so the UFC is doing what they can to give back.
UFC president Dana White announced the promotion will be donating $1 million to the Las Vegas shooting victims and their families.
In addition, the entire broadcast will be dedicated by those who were affected by the worst mass shooting in modern American history. Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review Journal and ESPN’s Brett Okamoto shared the news on social media.
UFC president Dana White tells me the organization will donate $1 million to the families of those affected by the tragedy in Las Vegas
— Adam Hill (@AdamHillLVRJ) October 2, 2017
Confirmed this. Also, Saturday's UFC 216 will be dedicated to the City of Las Vegas as a whole. Expect that mentioned on broadcast. https://t.co/4ceHnAOMek
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) October 2, 2017
The UFC headquarters are in Las Vegas and the promotion often hosts its marquee events in the city.
It only makes sense for the company to do its part in providing relief and helping to bring a sense of normalcy back to the community after such a tragic event.
UFC 216 takes place Saturday night on pay-per-view, headlined by a by an interim lightweight championship bout between Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee and a flyweight title fight between current 125-pound king Demetrious Johnson and challenger Ray Borg.
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