UFC featherweight Tyson Griffin is taking that extra step to try and help out the Boys Town Nevada, which helps children overcome struggles in their lives – something that hits close to home for Griffin.

The event will consist of a $25 raffle ticket purchase, with tickets to UFC 137 and after-party passes being given to the winner of the drawing. Griffin will meet Bart Palaszewski at the event, along with UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre defending against Carlos Condit in the main event.

“I wanted to do something more for the community and something that hit home was Boys Town Nevada and the work they do with families and kids without families,” said Griffin, in a recent interview with the UFC’s website. “Growing up, my mom and my dad were locked up, and we got sent through foster care a little bit and then my grandma eventually. I was in those kids’ shows at one point and I could have been there longer, so I really like what they do.”

Griffin went on to detail his early-childhood, including visits to his mother in jail and not knowing his dad while growing up.

“I realized that I still came out ahead and a lot of those kids may just need a little bit of support,” Griffin said. “And there are families there too that just need help in being a better family, and to me, that’s what stood out and what I think is lacking in today’s society – just better, closer families working together.”

UFC 137 takes place October 29 from Las Vegas, Nevada.


MMATraining Take: What a great idea by Griffin, and something that several other MMA fighters could do, as well. There are always seats available at events, and if all it takes it someone planning a drawing to raise a little money for charities and clubs like the Boys Town Nevada, everyone could feel a little better about themselves when they sleep at night.