LAS VEGAS – UFC president Dana White said the company will donate $1 million to a fund to assist those impacted by the shooting Sunday at a country music concert, in which at least 59 people were killed and more than 500 others were injured.
The UFC also confirmed in a statement that UFC 216, headlined by an interim lightweight title fight between Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee, will be held Saturday as planned at T-Mobile Arena.
The statement in full:
Our focus right now is on supporting the community and those affected by Sunday evening’s events. UFC 216 on Saturday, October 7 at T-Mobile Arena will proceed as scheduled until further notice.
Not long after that statement was released, White, who grew up in Las Vegas and for a while attended Bishop Gorman High School here, told MMA reporter Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal about the plans for the donation.
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
Steve Sisolak, the chairman of the Clark County Commission who is expected to run for Nevada governor as a Democrat in 2018, created a GoFundMe page to benefit the victims and their families that has raised more than $1.2 million, mostly in small donations.
In addition to the Ferguson-Lee bout for the interim lightweight title, flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson will meet Ray Borg. With a win, Johnson will set the UFC record for most consecutive successful title defenses.
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