During the event, the raffle raised a total of $68,170 with net proceeds benefiting the UFC Foundation.
The UFC Foundation is dedicated to making a positive and lasting impact by championing youth, public service, equality and those fighting to defeat serious and deadly diseases.
Kennedy Hardy, a longtime UFC fan from Los Angeles, Calif., attended UFC 279 to celebrate his 39th birthday and purchased the winning ticket during the preliminaries. His $100 ticket won him half of the 50/50 jackpot, or $34,085.
“I’ve been a UFC fan for over seven years and love attending live events,” Hardy said. “I’m also a fan of charitable donations and the UFC Foundation was a no-brainer. They have a great mission and work to do amazing things. I will be using my earnings to buy a new house and attend UFC 281 at New York in November!
The UFC Foundation works in tandem with the UFC Corporate Social Responsibility Program, #UFCInTheCommunityto strategically collaborate with partners, sponsors and athletes to develop additional charitable programs and funding sources to help strengthen and inspire the local community.
Since 2017, the UFC has produced 25 50/50 charity raffles across North America, raising more than $1.20 million in totalwith proceeds going to local charities in the communities that hosted the UFC during Fight Week.
The next UFC 50/50 raffle will take place Friday, Dec. 9 through Saturday, Dec. 10 at T-Mobile Arena as part of UFC 282. For more information, please visit UFCFOUNDATION.