One man is preparing for a bout in front of a hometown crowd next month; another is preparing for the biggest bout of his career in Abu Dhabi. But both Ricardo Almeida and Frankie Edgar are taking time out of their schedules to lend a hand in the relief efforts for the Haiti earthquake.
Almeida and Edgar will be offering MMA seminars at Thomas Clifford's Martial Arts Center this Wednesday in Orangeburg, N.Y., with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the American Red Cross for victims of the January quake.
“When (Almeida) approached me about it I jumped to it right away,” Edgar told the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Savage Dog Show” on Monday. “Actually, a college teammate of mine -- his family is from Haiti and he's got some family over there that he was trying to get in contact with. That hit kind of close to home, so I was happy to be able to be part of this.”
Almeida meets Matt Brown at UFC 111 on March 27 in Newark, N.J. Edgar, Almeida’s training partner, will challenge B.J. Penn for the lightweight title at UFC 112 on April 10 in Abu Dhabi.
The seminar will be held from 6:30-9:30 p.m. EST. There will be a $25 required donation to watch the event and a $50 donation to participate. The gym will also be raffling off tickets to UFC 111 in March.