Article

Trio of UFC Stars Back from Goodwill Trip to the Middle East

Lightweight contender Joe Lauzon, along with fellow UFC standouts Heath Herring and Jorge Rivera, recently returned from a nearly two week long goodwill trip to the Middle East, visiting servicemen and women in Iraq and Kuwait.

And while the impact of the trip on the troops was immense, it was just as memorable for Lauzon.
Lightweight contender Joe Lauzon, along with fellow UFC standouts Heath Herring and Jorge Rivera, recently returned from a nearly two week long goodwill trip to the Middle East, visiting servicemen and women in Iraq and Kuwait.

And while the impact of the trip on the troops was immense, it was just as memorable for Lauzon.

“It was a long, busy 12 days,” said Lauzon. “But I’d definitely do it again. It’s something that I’ll never forget. I’m glad I did it.”

Lauzon and company spent time signing autographs, taking pictures, playing cards, and working out with the troops during the trip, and also got in some time on the firing range while being transported via Black Hawk helicopters.

“It was awesome,” said Lauzon, who is coming off an impressive second round TKO of Kyle Bradley in September. “It was one of the happiest 12 days of my life. They kept us real busy going from one camp to another. We visited 14 camps in Iraq and Kuwait. The first hour we’d give demonstrations and the second we signed autographs and posed for pictures with them. I was thrilled to see all of them over there, away from their friends and family, but helping all of us back home. It was cool to see how excited and appreciative they were to see us. There are a lot of MMA fans over there, too.”
Sunday, May 8
2PM/11AM
ETPT
Rotterdam, Netherlands

Media

Recent
Part of UFC 200 weekend, The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale features a fight for the strawweight belt between coaches Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha. The action is set for July 8 live on FS1 and tickets go on sale Friday!
29-Apr-2016
UFC 198 features big stars on an epic card as many Brazilian legends return home. The main event features the heavyweight championship between Fabricio Werdum and Stipe Miocic on May 14 and on Pay-Per-View.
29-Apr-2016
The historic UFC 200 event features the rematch between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones for the undisputed UFC light heavyweight belt. It's one of three title fights in action on Jul 9. Tickets are on sale now!
29-Apr-2016
UFC 198 in Brazil features the heavyweight title fight between Fabricio Werdum and Stipe Miocic. The card is stacked with Brazilian fighters coming to their homeland, including Anderson Silva, Cris Cyborg, Vitor Belfort and more. Don't miss it on May 14.
23-Apr-2016