Las Vegas, Nevada-based mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is set to donate $1 million to the families of the victims of the horrible mass shooting that occurred late last night (Sun., Oct. 1, 2017) on the Las Vegas strip after a gunman opened fire from the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
Adam Hall of The Las Vegas Review Journal got word of the kind gesture courtesy of UFC president Dana White.
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
As of this writing, 59 people were senselessly killed and more than 500 injured as a result of the attack, which is the worst mass shooting in US history.
Furthermore, UFC 216 — which is set to go down this Saturday night (Oct. 7, 2017) inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas — will go on as planned according to a statement from the promotion courtesy of Kevin Iole.
Statement from UFC re #UFC216:— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) October 2, 2017
“Our focus right now is on supporting the community and those affected by Sunday evening's events. (1/2)
Statement from UFC (2/2):— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) October 2, 2017
"UFC 216 on Saturday, October 7 at T-Mobile Arena will proceed as scheduled until further notice."
The gunman, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, was found in his hotel room inside Mandalay Bay dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
UFC 216 will feature an interim Lightweight title fight between Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee, as well as a co-main event championship Flyweight bout between Demetrious Johnson and Ray Borg.