Article

UFC® Honors Bronx Academy of Letters

UFC® "OCTAGON OF EXCELLENCE™" AWARD HONORS URBAN ASSEMBLY BRONX ACADEMY OF LETTERS WITH $5,000 GRANT
Las Vegas, NV -- The Ultimate Fighting Championship® recognized the Urban Assembly Bronx Academy of Letters for its accomplishments with an “Octagon of Excellence™” award, which included a $5,000 grant. The check presentation with former UFC®  lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and STRIKEFORCE® women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey took place during the Urban Assembly Bronx Academy of Letters 10th Annual Benefit on Wednesday, May 2, at the Italian Academy (1161 Amsterdam Avenue). The grant will assist the academy with the purchase of mixed martial arts equipment.

The “Octagon of Excellence™” award was created by the UFC to recognize individuals or groups that have excelled in their chosen sport, profession or school. The Urban Assembly Bronx Academy of Letters serves 570 students in the South Bronx – a neighborhood in which schools are chronically underserved. Over eighty percent of the school’s students live at or below the poverty level. The academy’s exceptional faculty, combined with money raised and donated to enhance the school’s programs, has resulted in eighty-three percent of students graduating and ninety percent of graduates going on to study at a four-year college or university.

The benefit, which honors literary agent and founding board member Kimberly Witherspoon, also seeks to raise money to support a variety of programs at the Bronx Academy of Letters, including writers in residence, arts and music instruction, after school and summer programs and college preparation. Other special guests  in attendance at the event included mixed martial arts enthusiasts and famed chefs Anthony Bourdain and Marcus Samuelsson. The evening also included a chef’s tasting prepared by some of New York’s top culinary talents. 

UFC® on FOX: DIAZ vs. MILLER will be available live on the FOX network at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, with preliminary action being shown on FUEL TV beginning at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT. In addition to the previously mentioned matchup, the four-fight main card will also feature a welterweight bout between Josh Koscheck and Johny Hendricks,middleweight matchup between Rousimar Palhares and Alan Belcher, as well as a heavyweight clash between Pat Barry and Lavar Johnson.

Watch Past Fights

Media

Recent
The new light heavyweight champion Daniel "DC" Cormier talks to Joe Rogan inside the Octagon after his submission victory over Anthony Johnson, and throws in a little message for the former champ. Johnson gives his thoughts on the fight as well.
23/05/2015
UFC middleweight champion Chris "The All-American" Weidman talks to Joe Rogan inside the Octagon after his fight with Vitor Belfort at UFC 187 in Las Vegas. Belfort also chats with Rogan to give his thoughts on the fight.
23/05/2015
Watch the electric new preview of the UFC 189 main event UFC featherweight title fight between Conor McGregor and champion Jose Aldo on July 11 in Las Vegas.
23/05/2015
"The Prodigy" BJ Penn is one of the best pound-4-pound fighters to ever grace the Octagon, and on July 11, Penn will be inducted into the UFC Hall Of Fame as part of International Fight Week and the Fan Expo in Las Vegas.
23/05/2015