Preliminary card competitor James Te Huna entered the Octagon in Sydney at UFC 127 having publicly declared his intention to give his entire paycheck to victims of a series of recent floods in Australia and New Zealand. Though Te Huna, who hails from the affected areas, wasn’t fortunate enough to procure a victory this past Saturday night his generosity clearly affected someone upstairs at the UFC as the promotion has announced it will match the light heavyweight’s offering.
Damage from the last few months’ of flooding has been estimated in the tens-of-billions with dozens also dead after storms caused a number of rivers to overflow with more than three-quarters of Queensland being declared a disaster area.
Adding to the purse-money from UFC 127 the UFC has also created a website where avid fans and memorabilia collectors can bid on items to help raise relief including actual gear from last weekend’s event including Jon Fitch’s shorts (currently at $600) and the Octagon’s canvas ($1,250).
All in all the UFC is expected to raise more than $30,000 for their efforts.