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UFC Raises More Than Than $76,000 For Australian Bushfire Relief Efforts​

UFC Raises More Than Than $76,000 For Australian Bushfire Relief Efforts​

Australia is still recovering from the devastating bushfires during the summer of 2019 and 2020.

And the UFC has been doing its part to help out wherever possible.

Having already made an initial donation of US$250,000 (AU$355,000) back in January, it's understood the UFC has now raised more than US$53,000 (AU$76,062) for Australian bushfire relief efforts.

Young Kangaroo Seeks Help From Teenager After Being Burnt In Bushfires. Credit: © Matrix for Daily Mail Australia
Young Kangaroo Seeks Help From Teenager After Being Burnt In Bushfires. Credit: © Matrix for Daily Mail Australia
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Koala Tries To Protect Her Baby From Bushfires In Australia. Credit: Wildcare Australia Inc.
Koala Tries To Protect Her Baby From Bushfires In Australia. Credit: Wildcare Australia Inc.

According to the World Wide Fund For Nature Australia (WWF), 19 million hectares of land was burnt during the bushfires.

33 lives were lost, 3094 homes destroyed and 1.25 billion animals were killed.

Then COVID-19 hit.

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The bushfires have been raging since September last year (Credit: PA)
The bushfires have been raging since September last year (Credit: PA)

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But despite the combination of the bushfires and the global pandemic hitting the land Down Under hard, the UFC has remained adamant in offering its continued support.

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The premier mixed martial arts promotion first established a partnership with the Australian Red Cross whereby people could be stay informed on the bushfires as well as guided to the appropriate donation pages.

On top of that, the UFC then launched the "UFC Supports Australia" campaign.

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The campaign aimed to raise money by selling bespoke t-shirts through the UFC Store and various retail outlets across Australia with 100% of the profits going directly to bushfire relief efforts.

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While both Dana White and Conor McGregor remained vocal about helping Australia out, the big-name athletes from Australia and New Zealand also played a big role in promoting the "UFC Supports Australia" campaign.

Featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski, middleweight champ Israel Adesanya, flyweight Kai Kara-France, light heavyweight Tyson Pedro and heavyweight Tai Tuivasa all pitched in and spread the message across their platforms.

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As a result of the UFC's campaigning for the Australian Red Cross, a total of US$53,572 (AU$76,062) was raised following the sale of almost 3000 t-shirts.

Featured Image Credit: UFC ANZ

Topics: Conor Mcgregor, Charity, UFC, Australia, MMA, Dana White

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Max Sherry is a journalist for SPORTbible Australia. After migrating Down Under from London as a teenager, he instantly fell in love with Aussie sport and its culture. From NRL to AFL, cricket to rugby — you name it, Max watches it (with a beer in hand, of course). During his time at Fox Sports, he worked in the football department covering the Premier League, A-League, Socceroos and Matildas. Born a stone's throw away from West Ham's training ground, Max is obviously a die-hard Liverpool fan.