UFC fight raises millions for brain injury research

FORT BRAGG The charity was sponsored by the national promotional group Ultimate Fighting Championship. The event billed as "Fight for the Troops" was broadcast live on Spike TV from the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville.

The Dec. 10 fight drew 2 million viewers. It is the second sanctioned UFC fight at a U.S. military base and 12,000 tickets for the mixed martial arts event were available only to Fort Bragg soldiers.

All money raised went to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and the Fisher House. The organizations are working with the Department of Defense to help build a research facility in Bethesda, Md., that will be dedicated to treating troops who suffer from traumatic brain injuries.

Statistics show brain injuries are one of the most common combat injuries suffered by troops in Iraq.

The organizations had already raised $50 million before the fight. They need another $8 million to start construction before Jan. 15.

Spike TV is still running commercials seeking donations and expects another million dollars to trickle in over the next few weeks.

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