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UFC Will Match James Te Huna's UFC 127 Fight Purse Donation

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Despite his loss at this past weekend's UFC 127 event, light heavyweight James Te Huna donated his entire fight purse to victims of Australia and New Zealand's recent flooding. Following the show, Marshall Zelaznik, the UFC's managing director of international development, announced that the organization is matching the Kiwi's donation. Additional thousands will be raised by a UFC 127 memorabilia auction, which runs through Wednesday. "Jamie Te Huna donated his fight purse," Zelaznik said after the show, which took place at Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia. "The UFC is actually matching that for the relief in New Zealand. We're also still taking bids for UFC 127 memorabilia. We expect to approach $30,000 as part of a donation for the Queensland flood relief." Auction items include the UFC 127 octagon canvas, Jon Fitch's event shorts, Michael Bisping's gloves and walk-out shirt, Jorge Rivera's full walk-out gear, and Kyle Noke's shorts and shirt. Bids as of Monday afternoon ranged from $500 to $1,550. A UFC 127 VIP experience brought in $10,000, according to the auction site, ufc.thegivingbridge.com. Tropical Cyclone Yasi ravaged large parts of Australia and New Zealand in late January and early February. The storm and subsequent flooding caused more than $800 million in damages. Thousands were left homeless, and hundreds of thousands were left without power for extended periods of time.

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Post #1   2/28/11 5:22:04PM   

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Props to Te Huna and the UFC. They will be helping a lot of thankful people..

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Posted by FastKnockout

Props to Te Huna and the UFC. They will be helping a lot of thankful people..

Post #3   2/28/11 6:19:11PM   

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Hope Te Huna gets another fight, guys a beast.

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I know it's not much but, to me, this is even cooler because Te Huna did it after a loss. It's always easier to donate or say you'll donate when you're riding high off of a win, but it's a lot harder to follow through after you've suffered a loss and you might not even have a job any longer.

This is a lot bigger than people realize.

Post #5   2/28/11 7:08:50PM   

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Posted by BlueSkiesBurn

I know it's not much but, to me, this is even cooler because Te Huna did it after a loss. It's always easier to donate or say you'll donate when you're riding high off of a win, but it's a lot harder to follow through after you've suffered a loss and you might not even have a job any longer.

This is a lot bigger than people realize.



He actually said he was giving his check before the fight. which in a way is even bigger since he didnt even know he would come out healthy, let alone win or lose.

Props to him!

even though he lost he put on an impressive performance. Just think he was a bit too excited and got sloppy.

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Posted by RearNakedJoke


Posted by BlueSkiesBurn

I know it's not much but, to me, this is even cooler because Te Huna did it after a loss. It's always easier to donate or say you'll donate when you're riding high off of a win, but it's a lot harder to follow through after you've suffered a loss and you might not even have a job any longer.

This is a lot bigger than people realize.



He actually said he was giving his check before the fight. which in a way is even bigger since he didnt even know he would come out healthy, let alone win or lose.

Props to him!

even though he lost he put on an impressive performance. Just think he was a bit too excited and got sloppy.



Yeah, I know, but actually doing it after a loss and a possible cut is a different story. I know countless people that say they're going to do something noble, but when the chips are down they lessen their nobility or fail to do it at all.

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what kind of financial situation is Te Huna in that he can afford to do this?

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Posted by Bloodhound

what kind of financial situation is Te Huna in that he can afford to do this?


Obviously it doesn't matter to him. His national pride and his philanthropy are both impressive, especially coming off a loss.

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That's great news that Te Huna will be donating his entire purse from UFN 43 this weekend against Marquardt to a good cause. Thanks for bringing this news to us. Are you a new member? DC in your username... Daniel Cormier fan? Anyways, hope you stick around!

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