Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White is going to get the hell out of New Jersey, just as soon as the lights go out in the Prudential Center after this weekend's UFC 159 pay-per-view (PPV) event.
He was going to flee "Dirty Jersey" anyway, because Newark is the armpit of the east coast, but he's not flying back to his headquarters in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Instead, White will be traveling back home to Boston, Massachusetts, to lend financial aid to some of the victims affected by last week's marathon bombing, which killed three and left 170 inured, many of them children.
His comments at the UFC on Fox 7 post-fight press conference:
"After [UFC 159], I'm jumping on a plane and flying to Boston and I'm actually going to go visit some people that were affected by this while I'm there. I'm going to go to Boston and write some checks. I don't even know how I'm going to do it or what I'm going to do, but I'm going. I want to go. I'm going next weekend. The Boston thing has obviously affected me pretty strongly because I lived there. I know people there, and the story that really gets me is the mother that was crossing the finish line and the 8-year-old that was killed and the 6-year-old that lost her leg by a couple of [expletive] cowards. I have a hard time talking about this in public because if I really do talk about it, I'm going to come off like a psycho."
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, identified as suspect number one in the attack, was killed during a firefight with police in his attempt to elude authorities. His brother, 19 year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was captured shortly thereafter and is being held for questioning.
White takes a lot of heat for his fiery onscreen persona, but his contributions to charitable organizations (like this one), as well as sporting endeavors like the fight to save Olympic wrestling, often go unnoticed or fly under the radar, masked by a tirade of F-bombs relating to the current state of the UFC union.
Not this time.
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