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Old 06-01-2010, 06:42 PM
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NICE!!!!!

I wonder if the fighters will get "double hazzard pay"


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Continuing their long history of support for the military, the UFC is moving forward with plans for a full event to take place on a U.S. base in Afghanistan.

UFC President Dana White said the company is currently in talks with key government and Armed Forces personnel to make the event happen.

"It's going to happen, but even when it does happen, we're not going to be able to talk about it," he said. "It's going to be a stealth mission. We're going to zoom in there, put on a fight and get the hell out."

Though White initially said that most details surrounding the proposed event where up in the air, he told a U.S. serviceman during a recent UFC 114 question-and-answer session that the promotion was discussing the possibility of it taking place "in the ballpark" of January 2011.

One thing he seemed certain about, however, is that the event will not be broadcast live around the world, saying that "definitely" would not happen because of restrictions on what equipment can be transported to the base. If the UFC is allowed to bring in recording equipment, it would be taped for broadcast on Spike TV.

"If we're going to go in there and spend the money to shoot it, it's got to be TV quality," he said. "It's got to be up to our standards to be shown on television. In a perfect world, we show this on television, we show troops in between each round, guys sending messages back home. If we can do what we want to do, this will be an incredible event."

White added that it was possible the event might not be recorded or broadcast at all, but that it will go forward regardless.

"We just want to do it," he said. "You know how I am with the military. We just want to do it."

The UFC has hosted a pair of events for the American troops. In 2006, the company's UFC Fight Night 7 took place on Marine Corps Air Station Miramar near San Diego. The audience consisted almost solely of U.S. Marines. In 2008, UFC hosted Fight for the Troops, an event that helped raise money for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, which assists wounded veterans and families of troops who perish in service of their country. The event raised over $4 million.

Many UFC fighters have served in the U.S. military, including five-time champion Randy Couture, Brian Stann and Tim Credeur, and others have visited U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, including BJ Penn, Tito Ortiz and Mike Swick.

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Old 06-01-2010, 07:21 PM
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Pretty cool stuff......it'd be difficult, but it can happen.

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Pretty cool stuff......it'd be difficult, but it can happen.

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But to even honestly attempt it.. gets a big +1 from me!! Good job UFC!!!


but this actually has me thinking.. I wonder if there are any fighters that would have issues getting passports.. maybe even work visas...

We know Joe can't go to Canada.. prolly not the Diaz boys either... hmmmm
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I think this is great for the troops.. Definitely boosts the moral...
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Old 06-01-2010, 08:30 PM
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But to even honestly attempt it.. gets a big +1 from me!! Good job UFC!!!


but this actually has me thinking.. I wonder if there are any fighters that would have issues getting passports.. maybe even work visas...

We know Joe can't go to Canada.. prolly not the Diaz boys either... hmmmm
Joe's already gone on record saying that, as someone who's released an album titled "Shiny Happy Jihad", he's not planning to go to the Middle East anytime soon!
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But to even honestly attempt it.. gets a big +1 from me!! Good job UFC!!!


but this actually has me thinking.. I wonder if there are any fighters that would have issues getting passports.. maybe even work visas...

We know Joe can't go to Canada.. prolly not the Diaz boys either... hmmmm
This is a big possibility. When Penn, Faber, Bisping, and Condit came to see us when I was there, Wanderlei Silva was supposed to come......and by all accounts he REALLY wanted to, but there was a passport issue.

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Nice in theory...not sure I like the idea in practise...I think if they wanted to do this, they oughta do it on some sort of aircraft carier thats transporting troops to and from.

I dont think a warzone is a good place for the UFC...just in case... I think this is putting lives in danger personally. I think those soliders have a job to do and...I dont like the idea of them all grouping together in some makeshift arena...its like putting all your eggs in one basket and hoping nothing happens to that basket.

Also...you know what its like...trying to keep a secret about where and exactly when, and who...information slips out online all the time...except if the information got out and fell into the wrong hands...it could go horribly wrong.

The attitude is commendable...but I would be cautious about this in practise
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