Following their dramatic come-from-behind team win over the Blackzilians on The Ultimate Fighter, American Top Team decided to donate their $200,000 winnings to charity.
Before announcing who would fight in Finale on July 12, ATT owner Dan Lambert revealed that the team made the decision to donate their winnings to the Wounded Warrior Project prior to the season.
“Our guys did this show for pride and they did it for our team. But as a little extra motivation the guys and the coaches got together and decided that if we were lucky enough to win this thing we were going to donate the money to the Wounded Warrior Project,” said Lambert.
“I think everybody in this room would agree that those are the best fighters in the world. We know the UFC is a big supporter of the cause, so we’d just like to show our appreciation, follow your lead and we think that’s a great place for the $200,000 to go,” he added.
The Wounded Warrior Project is a non-profit organization that assists wounded service members. The veterans service organization was founded in 2003. It’s purpose is ‘to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of severely injured service members; to help severely injured service members aid and assist each other; to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of any service member, who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound, co-incident to their military service on or after September 11, 2001 and their families.’
The UFC have been strong supporters of the armed forces, and UFC president Dana White was taken back by the charitable jesture.
“You couldn’t have a more noble cause, and we are big supporters of the troops. I have a lot of respect for the American Top Team and Dan Lambert for making that donation – very, very cool thing to do,” said White.