UFC President Dana White has always had Boston close to his heart. At the weigh-ins for UFC 159, he was wearing a “Boston Strong” T-shirt to show his support for his former stomping ground where he formerly trained and managed fighters. After news came of the bombings at the Boston Marathon, White took it upon himself to visit and offer support to the victims.
Following UFC 159, White announced he was travelling to Boston and would write some checks on behalf of the Fertitta brothers, who own Zuffa, LLC, FOX and the UFC.
White kept his promise and spoke to the Boston Globe’s Matt Juul about the incident that hit him close to home.
“From a guy who’s walked those streets and been there at the finish line so many times, it really freaked me out,” said White. “I have a hard time talking about it.”
“How cowardly and disgusting that these people, who lived in the city as long as they did, did that. To put the bag right next to kids, I don’t even like talking about it.”
“Yeah, I brought checks and I got money,” White said. “The UFC donated, I donated personally, the Fertitta brothers donated personally, and Fox donated. I was really happy about that.”
On Aug 17 the UFC will host an event, UFC on FOX Sports 1 1, at the TD Garden to mark the launch of FOX Sports 1. White’s hope is that the event will lift the city’s spirits.