A young UFC fan and her mother are about to get the thrill of a lifetime, courtesy of Cristiane Justino and UFC President Dana White.
Ashlynn, a 6-year-old leukemia survivor from Huntington Beach, Calif., will get to watch Saturday’s UFC 214 pay-per-view event cageside and go backstage to meet the fighters after winning the “Cyborgnation” fan contest on YouTube.
“For me, she’s the real champ,” Justino (17-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) said at the open workouts for the pay-per-view event, where she’ll face Tonya Evinger (19-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC) for the vacant UFC women’s featherweight title.
Ashlynn’s mother, Valerie, submitted this video of their story and why they should win the contest, which offered one fan the opportunity to walk out on stage with Justino for the UFC 214 ceremonial weigh-ins at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. (via YouTube):
Last-minute logistical difficulties scratched the walkout, but UFC President Dana White stepped up to offer the ticket and backstage passes.
“After hearing Ashlynn’s story (White) has arranged for her and her guests to go back stage after the weigh ins to meet all the fighters, AND THEN he is treating them to tickets inside his personal seating section at #ufc214!! Amazing to see Dana help give this girl such a memorable experience!” wrote Justino on Instagram. “I want to thank the @ufc and their team for working together to help give Ashlynn the weekend of a lifetime #ufc214 this Saturday!”view original article >>