UFC 216 fighters grapple with aftermath of mass shooting in Las Vegas
By Brian Martin
If any place embodies the phrase “the show must go on,” it might be Las Vegas.
Four days after the mass shooting at a country music festival outside Mandalay Bay, UFC 216 will go on as planned.
The UFC has already pledged to donate $1 million to the families of those affected by Sunday’s massacre that killed 58 people and wounded nearly 500 others.
The MMA promotion has said the night will be dedicated to the city of Las Vegas, and regular security measures will be in place for Saturday’s card at T-Mobile Arena.
Some of the fighters, however, are grappling with the magnitude and aftershock.
“This doesn’t affect the card, it affects the whole humanity of the United States of America. Of what humanity really means,” UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson said.
Johnson (26-2-1), on the cusp of setting a UFC record with his 11th consecutive successful title defense if he can defeat No. 3-ranked Ray Borg (11-2) in the co-main event, says he is sickened that this now part of life in our country.
“It saddens me, disgusts me, irritates me,” Johnson said. “Some people are out there, just so sick that they bring other people down with them. It’s very unfortunate, and my heart and prayers go out to all loved ones who lost people.”
Kevin Lee (16-2), who in the main event will take on Tony Ferguson (23-3) for the interim lightweight title, is known as “The Motown Phenom.” However, he now lives in Las Vegas and happened to be in Los Angeles on Sunday night for a media tour.
The 25-year-old said he was recently in that same area participating in a charity event for children with cancer. He saw some news of the attack Sunday night but went to bed. He arose the next morning to several calls and text messages and the […]