During an interview with MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani to promote UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi, UFC president Dana White revealed plans to hold a UFC event in another Middle Eastern country: Afghanistan.
White and company have been diligent in promoting veteran’s charities, sending their fighters to raise troop morale at U.S. Armed Forces bases, and supporting the troops in general; this Afghanistan show follows suit and will be put on free for the troops. It may not be broadcast to Stateside fans at all.
“We’re working on it right now. We are hoping to do it within the next couple of months, bring a fight to the troops,” said White. “The big thing that we are battling right now is how would we air this thing to the rest of the world?”
Showing a somewhat surprising dedication to charity, White seems to be willing to forego the profit and brand-exposure a UFC pay-per-view show usually generates in order to pay back our soldiers-at-war.
“We don’t know if we would be able to shoot it or not. We might have to go there and just put the fight on and not shoot it at all,” said White.
Say what you will about the brash UFC figurehead, but there are few organizations in the private sector that pay as much attention to U.S. soldiers as the UFC does. This will not be the first event that the UFC has held for the troops; “UFC: Fight for the Troops” (or “UFC Fight Night 16″) was held outside of Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, NC as a fundraiser for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. The charity, which offers various means of support to injured veterans and their families, benefited from somewhere around four million dollars raised by the event.