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PizDoff
1/05/2008 11:13am,
A Champ Never Forgets: Silva Gives Back in a Big Way

Considered to one of the best, if not the best, fighters in the world, pound for pound, UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva can also be considered one of the best human beings in the world, pound for pound, as he has decided to donate his entire portion of the proceeds from a recent UFC auction to the Ronald McDonald House.

For Brazil’s Silva - who defends his title against Dan Henderson in the main event of UFC 82 on March 1st at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio – it’s a way of not only giving back to those less fortunate, but to remember where he came from, as his first job as a young man was at McDonald’s.

Now, the monies Silva gathered from the UFC auction, which saw the gloves he wore in his UFC 77 win over Rich Franklin go for $7,150, and the fight-worn trunks from UFC 77 go for $3,500, will go towards helping improve the health and well-being of children and their families in need.

Such selflessness is the true measure of a champion and a man – and the definition of Anderson Silva.
http://www.ufc.com/index.cfm?fa=news.detail&gid=9456

Right on, hopefully the UFC will continue to increase the pay the fighters get, so the fighters can give back too.

elipson
1/05/2008 7:56pm,
This awesome. Kind of puts things in perspective when other fighters are bitching about making half a mil per fight *cough* Randy *cough*.

pauli
1/05/2008 8:56pm,
randy routinely donates items to charity auctions, iirc.

hpr
1/05/2008 9:33pm,
Donating anything via McDonald's is stupid. The houses they build are for polishing their corporate image with your money (at least in Finland almost all of the cash that goes for that purpose comes from the change people leave in jars voluntarily). I bet they get all kinds of tax deductions for that too. And they make you pay (way) more than a nominal fee for using the house.

Anyway, well done on Silva's part. Philanthropy is great thing but there are many better options for targets.

The Question
1/05/2008 9:35pm,
Even more reason to ride Anderson's nuts.

The Question
1/05/2008 9:39pm,
Still, who pays 7 grand for the gloves someone wore at a fight?

hpr
1/05/2008 9:41pm,
Another philanthropist? Or a rich guy who really, really hates Rich Franklin?

bob
1/05/2008 9:50pm,
Donating anything via McDonald's is stupid. The houses they build are for polishing their corporate image with your money (at least in Finland almost all of the cash that goes for that purpose comes from the change people leave in jars voluntarily). I bet they get all kinds of tax deductions for that too. And they make you pay (way) more than a nominal fee for using the house.

Anyway, well done on Silva's part. Philanthropy is great thing but there are many better options for targets.

A close friend of mine's son had a spinal tumour a couple of years back. She spent a lot of time in one of these for free. She thinks they're awesome and I'm inclined to agree. I hate Mcdonalds for the most part but in this case I think they're doing something good.

hpr
1/06/2008 5:33am,
A close friend of mine's son had a spinal tumour a couple of years back. She spent a lot of time in one of these for free. She thinks they're awesome and I'm inclined to agree. I hate Mcdonalds for the most part but in this case I think they're doing something good.

Good to know they aren't completely ****, then. Actually they don't even charge that much for a night around here either, but it's still pretty pricey pretty fast.. 30€ per night.

Green Meanie
1/06/2008 7:47am,
Very cool. Go Silva!

justabill
1/06/2008 8:00am,
This awesome. Kind of puts things in perspective when other fighters are bitching about making half a mil per fight *cough* Randy *cough*.

Randy has started a charity organization to help injured troops. He actually spends a lot of time helping others.

http://www.xtremecouturegifoundation.org/index.htm

X_plosion
1/06/2008 9:58am,
Great to know that Silva and Couture are helping worthy causes.

Odacon
1/06/2008 12:17pm,
Anderson Silva continues to be an example to all, in and out of the ring.

Jadonblade
1/06/2008 1:47pm,
I think its a cunning ploy, now Henderson isnt allowed to beat him without becoming a charity hating knobber (not that he will beat him).

Airman Kai
1/06/2008 2:19pm,
It's great that he's willing to give away his ENTIRE purse and all, but I think this says more about his overall states of financial well being, ya feel me? This cat's sittin' on crazy dough.

Still, it makes perfect sense that being well off affords you more oppurtunitys to give. Good on him, I say.

elipson
1/06/2008 8:17pm,
Was unaware that couture did that thing also. Good to know.