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For Immediate Release:
Jan. 20, 2011
UFC® FIGHT FOR THE TROOPS 2 TO HELP RAISE MONEY FOR CANADIAN HERO FUND - www.herofund.ca
Live Event on Rogers Sportsnet Saturday, January 22 at 9 p.m. EST
Toronto, Ontario, Canada – January 20, 2011 -- The Ultimate Fighting Championship® heads to Fort Hood, Texas this Saturday, January 22 in support of the honourable men and women in the military with “UFC® Fight For The Troops 2”. In Canada, the special live event will air on Rogers Sportsnet at 9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT and raise funds for the Canadian Hero Fund, a charitable organization dedicated to supporting Canadian military personnel and their families.
An explosive fight card is highlighted by a main event that pits highly-ranked lightweight Evan Dunham against knockout artist Melvin Guillard while two Canadians will also see action. Edmonton’s Tim Hague will square off against former NFL defensive tackle Matt Mitrione while Thamesford, Ontario native Mark Hominick is one win away from a chance at the UFC featherweight title as he meets the tough and hard-nosed George Roop.
This special live UFC fight card will raise funds for the Canadian Hero Fund. Information about ways to donate can be found online at www.herofund.ca, along with UFC.com.
Rogers Sportsnet will air special features throughout the broadcast in support of the Canadian Forces who served in Afghanistan while viewers will also see Canadian UFC fighters speak to the importance of our men and women in the military and of the Canadian Hero Fund. The initial project of the Canadian Hero Fund is to provide post-secondary scholarships to the children and spouses of fallen Canadian soldiers.
“Our soldiers take care of us, and this is our chance to help take care of them,” said Tom Wright, UFC Director of Canadian Operations. “We’re honoured to support our military by putting on some great fights while helping raise funds for the Canadian Hero Fund.”
“This is a great opportunity to bring together those who fight for their country, those who fight for a living, and the Hero Fund that supports those who serve,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Cliff Trollope, Commanding Officer of the Royal Regiment of Canada. “The bond is a natural one that will only get stronger as we spend more time together."
In addition to catching the main card on Rogers Sportsnet at 9.pm. ET, fans have the opportunity to watch two live preliminary fights for free at 8 p.m. EST by simply clicking the “Like” button on the official UFC Facebook page.
By liking Facebook.com/UFC, fans will gain access to a live stream of the lightweight battle between Cody McKenzie (12-0) of The Ultimate Fighter® and veteran Yves Edwards (39-16-1), as well as a pivotal welterweight clash pitting TUF alum DaMarques Johnson (16-8) against Mike “The Joker” Guymon (13-4-1). Fans that do not have a Facebook account are encouraged to sign up at www.facebook.com.
About the Canadian Hero Fund
Founded in 2009, the Canadian Hero Fund is a registered charity dedicated to assisting military personnel and their families. With a focus on civilian, grassroots efforts, the initial goal of the Canadian Hero Fund is to provide post-secondary scholarships to the children and spouses of fallen soldiers. The motto “Keeping Their Dreams Alive” stands for the dreams of the families and children that are sustained through Canadian Hero Fund support programs, as well as the dreams of fallen soldiers who wanted more for future generations.
About Rogers Sportsnet
Rogers Sportsnet, launched in 1998, has been owned by Rogers Media since 2001. As Canada's live-event and high definition leader, Sportsnet consists of four regional channels: Sportsnet East, Sportsnet Ontario, Sportsnet West and Sportsnet Pacific and the nationally distributed Sportsnet ONE. To learn more visit: www.sportsnet.ca.
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