The State of Oklahoma has strong ties to the sport of wrestling and, as a result, to Mixed Martial Arts as well. Fighters like Daniel Cormier, Johny Hendricks, Mark Munoz, and Randy Couture all wrestled at Oklahoma State and many still live in the general area. Not surprisingly, the MMA community stepped up this week in the wake of the tragic events in Oklahoma when a massive tornado ripped through Moore, Oklahoma killing more than 20 people including nine children.
Cormier went on Twitter to announce he would be helping sell a “Pray for OK” shirt through sponsor Cage Fighter with all proceeds going to victims and would also be making a cash donation himself.
Likewise, UFC welterweight James Head is also endorsing the project and understandably so considering his own attachment to the region. He’s also going one step further, donating his next fight purse to the cause.
“More than monetary donations, I plan on getting my hands dirty and helping with cleaning up the mess that the tornado has left behind,” said Head in a conversation with Fightline about the situation. “I have had several tornado ‘scares’ (in the last five years), but this is by far the largest, most destructive tornado that I have ever seen.”
“The response (to the cleanup and rebuild) has been amazing – not only have the crews from around the U.S. showed up in full force, but I can’t describe the unity of the Oklahomans that have rallied around helping and giving wholeheartedly,” he concluded. “I’ve never been more proud of a group of people in my life; the way that everyone is assembling together to help those affected by the storm is truly inspiring.”
Readers interested in offering aid can learn more by checking out the American Red Cross website.