UFC president Dana White and commentator Joe Rogan were wearing special Vegas Strong T-shirts Friday at UFC 216 weigh-ins. Now, you can own one, too — with all proceeds going to charity.
The UFC made the Vegas Strong shirts available on its website Friday night “to raise money for families of the victims and those affected” by the mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday, the promotion announced. The UFC says 100 percent of money from sales will be donated and the shirts will be available online and at venue retail locations throughout October.
Additionally, UFC president Dana White said earlier this week that the UFC will be donating $1 million to the families of victims and others affected by the horrific shooting.
Last Sunday night, a man opened fire with high-powered rifles on people attending a country-music festival in Las Vegas from the window of his 32nd floor hotel room at Mandalay Bay. More than 50 were killed and more than 500 others were injured in the shooting.
The UFC has its headquarters in Las Vegas and holds more events in the city than anywhere else. There have been 30 UFC cards at Mandalay Bay dating back to 2001. White is a longtime Vegas resident going back to childhood.
UFC 216, headlined by an interim lightweight title fight between Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee, will be held Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena, just blocks from the shooting. It is expected to be the first major sporting event to be held in Las Vegas since the incident.