James Head, a fighting member of the UFC’s active roster, knows that his troubles inside the Octagon can’t measure up to what he has seen first-hand in Oklahoma this week.
On May 20, an EF5 tornado touched down and tore through Moore, Oklahoma and other communities, leaving several dead, more injured and the areas ripped to pieces.
Head, who moved to Oklahoma City five years ago, told FightLine.com in a recent interview that he plans to do all he can to help support his adopted homeland.
I am planning on donating my next UFC fight purse to the victims of the tornado and I have partnered with Cage Fighter, who is selling a #Pray4OK t-shirt that will donate 100-percent of all profits from sales to the victims. More than monetary donations, I plan on getting my hands dirty and helping with cleaning up the mess that the tornado has left behind.
Head (9-3) had his most recently scheduled fight cancelled the day of the event after Nick Catone was declared unable to fight due to dehydration. That, though, doesn’t measure up to the kind of troubles Oklahomans are dealing with right now.
In MMA especially, the highs and lows of the sport are so prominent but when any type of disaster happens where people’s lives are impacted, sports are reduced to what they really are, entertainment.
Daniel Cormier is also working with Cage Fighter to help raise money for the victims. Cormier competed at Oklahoma State University. Other athletes and celebrities, such as Kevin Durant, have donated money already to the cause.