As you may know already, UFC fighter Corey Hill is looking at a 12-18 month recovery time for injuries suffered against Dale Hartt at UFC Fights For The Troops. Presumably the UFC's health insurance is paying for his surgery and rehab, but Corey has a family (a wife and three children) to support. So his teammates at Gracie Tampa have started a get well fund to help out:Gracie Tampa Page IMPORTANT
: The link to the PayPal page for the fund MUST be accessed through this link. I tried direct linking to it and clicking through links on BloodyElbow, they do not work. An error screen comes up instead.
Big touch of gloves to BloodyElbow for posting this and bringing it to our attention. They also add this:
Do what you can.
UPDATE: For those who don't feel professional athletes merit assistance, lets remember that Corey gets paid $8000 per fight (plus $8000 win bonus) and only fought three times this year, going 1-2. That's $32,000 gross, not net. After he pays his trainers, fees, etc, I'd be surprised if he brought home $25,000.
He won't be working in the UFC next year and I doubt his job prospects are particularly good until he recovers from having his shin bone snapped in half.
These guys fight for our entertainment. Have some MMA community spirit.
I know times are tough for a lot of us but just like the FFTT fundraiser, if we all give only $5 it adds up quickly and every little bit will help. Like him or hate him, let's all do what we can and help out a fellow fighter in need!
Edit: I just made a $10 donation and I encourage as many of you as possible to match or even exceed that!