The president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship has pledged $1 million to families of these affected by Sundayâ€™s shooting at a music festival in Las Vegas.
Dana White of the UFC told ESPN that the sports organization came collectively Mon. to debate effortless methods to assist these following the massacre.
Retired accountant Stephen Paddock opened fire from his 32nd-floor room of the Mandalay Bay hotel casino, killing a minimum of 59 people & injuring nearly 530 others. Paddock killed himself as authorities stormed his hotel room.
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The UFC is predicated in Las Vegas & its house owners, Lorenzo & Frank Fertitta, additionally own casinos within the city, in accordance to Forbes. Most of UFCâ€™s fights have been held in Las Vegas after the organization signed a deal with T-Mobile Arena.
“At the complete of the day, this is our city — we love this place,” White told ESPN. “The very 1st thing once we got up this morning, everybody, personally, got it collectively & made positive anyone they know or love was ok. Then we came in right here & made positive all of our staff are ok.â€�
“Then you unquestionably begin fascinated with this city, our hometown, & we felt we would have liked to do that. This is one thing we would have liked to do,â€� White stated.
Besides the donation, White stated Saturdayâ€™s UFC 216 event can be â€œdedicated to the complete city of Las Vegas.â€�
“I grew up right here. All my buddies & the people I have worked with within the UFC for the last 17 years of time of time live right here,” White stated. “I really like this city. It is acceptable to go on vacation still when I land in Las Vegas & see these Strip lights, I am all the time excited to be home.
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“This can be a place people come to have fun, unwind & chill out. Last night is just disgusting. It makes me sick.”
White stated in that people shouldn’t be afraid to visit the city following the attack.
“If anyone else on the market wants to assist Las Vegas immediately, plan in that next trip. Do not be afraid to return right here. This city is protected. Tragedies are occurring everywhere in the world at once & it is horrible, still do not let it make you afraid to live,” White stated.
The Related Press contributed to this report.