A true fighter does not only have a heart for the game but also a heart to help.
The sensational mixed martial artist from the Asian region Andre Soukhamthath extended a helping hand to his countrymen as he raised thousands of dollars to provide aid to the victims of recent disasters in Laos.
In an interview with Bloody Elbow last Tuesday, the bantamweight phenom discussed how he was able to raise funds for the Laos flood victims. Soukhamthath went from raffling his UFC gears to conducting private training session to earn money and donate them to those who are in need.
“I decided to raffle off all of my UFC walkout gear, my hats, my shorts, fight shorts that I actually fought in, and my walkout shirts. so, I raffled that off online and Facebook and made about $1200 from all my stuff. So that was pretty cool that people helped me out and supported that. A friend of mine actually matched that donation because he liked what I was doing. Wow, that’s pretty amazing.”
Andre’s incredible display of heroism did not stop there as he collected another $2000 from holding 22 training sessions in Florida and Rhode Island.
“I decided to train people. Usually, a private training session will be $50 or $75 right. So what I did was I’ll do a half-hour for $50 and I’ll do five rounds for $25, so that people could afford it but still have the experience to train with a UFC fighter like myself, and give to a good cause. I raised about $1800 to $2000 with my private sessions.”
Soukhamthath earned the Fight of The Night recognition when he locked horns with Sean O’Malley at UFC 224 last March. ‘The Asian Sensation’ will welcome the debuting Jonathan Martinez in the Octagon this Saturday at UFC Moncton for his fifth fight of his contract.