Following the tragedy in Las Vegas last weekend, the UFC is doing a little something to give back.
The UFC has offered all first responders to last weekend’s mass shooting in Las Vegas free tickets to UFC 216 at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday (Oct. 7).
UFC president Dana White told ESPN that they are expecting more than 1,500 first responders from local police, firefighters and EMT departments to attend, as well as several victims.
“I’ve never been in a position where I don’t even know how many people are going to show up here tomorrow,” White said. “People bought tickets, but were flying in from other places. Did they cancel their flight? A lot of these airlines are saying you can use the ticket anytime you want if you don’t want to come to Vegas.
“It might just be me, the media and 1,500 first responders here tomorrow. And I don’t care. This isn’t an event about the gate or about any of that stuff. This is about the families, the victims, Las Vegas, and not bowing down to cowards.”
58 people were killed and hundreds injured last Sunday, when 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel.
Following the tragedy, the UFC pledged $1 million to victims’ families, while several other notable Las Vegas businessmen also offered sizable donations.
UFC 216 is headlined by a fight between Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee for the interim lightweight title, and co-headlined by Demetrious Johnson and Ray Borg, who will fight for the world flyweight title.