UFC fighter Ryan Bader, winner of the eighth season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” has donated $30,000 to the Armed Forces Foundation, which is an organization “dedicated to supporting and advocating for active-duty military personnel, National Guardsmen, Reservists, military families, and veterans,” according to their website.
As Bleacher Report notes, Bader has a history of supporting military causes. Just before his fight with Anthony Perosh in December, he donated $10,000 to a Navy SEALs foundation. In a statement to Bleacher Report, Bader said he would continue to support military causes.
“Supporting the military is something I’m passionate about, and I’m very fortunate to be at a place where I can do things like this,” Bader told Bleacher Report. “I am where I am today because of the opportunity given to me by Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta, and I’m just trying to make the most of what has come my way. My management team has aligned me with great people like Jeff Broin at American Ethanol, John Radtke at Incapital, and great guys like Shane and Greg at Monster Milk and Kevin Lampe, Doc Reeves and the team at Sanford. They have been the ones to allow me to make donations like this and I am more than happy to give back to our troops any time I can.”
As Bleacher Report points out, Bader just signed a new four-year contract with the UFC, which will almost certainly enable him to continue to support the military going forward.
“During my time with the UFC, I have traveled to bases all over the world. I’ve heard so many stories, met so many troops and veterans, and anytime I can give back I definitely will. We were just out in Las Vegas and I donated $30,000 to the Armed Forces Foundation. I went out on stage at Ron White’s show for the troops and spoke about the AFF for a bit. All the proceeds from the show went to support the cause and I was proud to be a part of it.”
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