The UFC’s popular Fight for the Troops events are expected to begin again in 2016.
The series, which saw its first event in 2008, its second in 2011 and its most recent in 2013, has announced its intention to host a 2016 event after the UFC noted its partnership renewal with Harley-Davidson.
Mike Mossholder, UFC Executive Vice President of Global Marketing Partnerships, said in a press release: “As a core sponsor since 2007, Harley has played a vital role in the growth of our sport, as our audiences align perfectly with riding enthusiasts and fight fans. Two pillar programs of our new partnership surround two passionate initiatives for both brands: A military program that provides benefits to both active and non-active military personnel, as well as first responders and Harley riders socializing at their local dealerships to watch UFC Pay-Per-View events.”
The last UFC Fight for the Troops event was held in November 2013 at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky and featured U.S. Army veteran and middleweight fighter Tim Kennedy in its main event. Kennedy won via knock out over opponent Rafael Natal.
The event is seen as a positive way to show appreciation and support of U.S. military personnel and has been known to feature UFC fighters who have served in the military.