UFC donating to Las Vegas tragedy relief

UFC president Dana White speaks with the media during a media day for UFC 207, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
(AP Photo/John Locher)

UFC president Dana White announced on Monday that the company would be donating $1 million to the families of those affected by the Las Vegas shooting — a massacre that has already become the deadliest mass shooting in United States history.

At the end of the day, this is our city — we love this place,” said White to ESPN. “The first thing when we got up this morning, everybody, personally, got it together and made sure anybody they know or love was OK. Then we came in here and made sure all of our employees are OK.

“Then you start thinking about this city, our hometown, and we felt we needed to do this. This is something we needed to do.”

The UFC has its home base in Las Vegas, having recently opened a new building near the Las Vegas Boulevard.

“This is a place people come to have fun, unwind and relax. Last night is just disgusting. It makes me sick,” White said.

Despite the attack, the promotion will move forth with UFC 216 from the T-Mobile Arena on Saturday night, with a card headlined by Tony Ferguson vs. Kevin Lee for the interim UFC lightweight championship.

Las Vegas has held a special place in the sports lexicon over the past year, hosting the blockbuster Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor boxing match in August. The city’s first professional franchise from a major American sport is set to host its first home game on Oct. 10 when the Vegas Golden Knights welcome in the Arizona Coyotes.

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