MANILA, Philippines – Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White is planning to go to Boston later this month in order to “visit some people” who were affected by the bombings at the Boston marathon last April 15.
White, who was born in Manchester, Connecticut, told reporters following UFC on FOX 7 that he will fly to Boston after the UFC 159 pay-per-view event on April 27.
“I’m going to Boston on Saturday. After (UFC 159), I’m jumping on a plane and flying to Boston, and I’m actually going to visit some people that were affected by this horrible event,” said White.
“I’m going to go to Boston and write some checks,” he added. “I don’t even know how I’m going to do it or what I’m going to do, but I’m going to go. I want to go.”
Last April 15, two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and wounding over 180 others.
“The story that gets me is the mother that was crossing the finish line, and the eight-year-old that was killed and the six-year-old that lost her leg,” White said.
The UFC executive admitted that he still has “a hard time talking about this in public.”
“If I really do talk about it, I’m going to come off like a psycho,” he said.
One of the suspected bombers, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, died due to injuries sustained in a firefight with authorities. His brother, Dzhokhar, was captured injured but alive after a manhunt in Watertown.