UFC president Dana White has been called a lot of things, but unpatriotic has never been one of them. While continuing their efforts for worldwide dominance, White discovered an avenue to support our U.S. troops in the process.
Yesterday, during a “UFC 112: Invincible” media pow-wow, the controversial promoter said the UFC is planning to host an event in Afghanistan within the next few months.
“This is the Middle East and this is our first show here, and our second will be in Afghanistan in the next, you know, I don’t know, two to three months,” White matter-of-factly stated.
Given Afghanistan’s political climate, White admitted the proposed event will be one of the UFC’s toughest challenges to date, which could ultimately result in the show not airing live.
White claimed the Afghanistan promotion will go down regardless if there is a live U.S. broadcast available, even if the show won’t be aired at all.
The UFC brass hosted a similar shindig in 2008 with “UFC Fight Night 16: Fight for the Troops.”
The Spike TV event was held inside the Fort Bragg military institution in North Carolina. The fundraiser earned $6 million for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, which assists soldiers that have returned home with traumatic brain injuries.
Since the late 1970s, Afghanistan has experienced a continuous state of civil war. In October 2001, the U.S. led an invasion that overthrew the Taliban government. Our military has been engaged in operations in Afghanistan ever since, and there are approximately 50,000 American soldiers currently stationed there.