Mike Malott receives donations for cancer fight from coach’s daughter
Mike Malott’s UFC debut is not one he is likely to forget.
After clinching his ticket to promotion with a win over Dana White’s Contender Series in 2021, Canadian Malott (8-1-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) fulfilled a dream he said had lasted 15 years. when he took on Mickey Gall (7-5 MMA, 6-5 UFC) with a first-round TKO on the UFC 273 preliminary card at Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla.
And while Malott didn’t get a bonus after the fight for the win, which was one of only three stoppages in 12 fights on the card, he made financial waves in a much bigger way than that. would affect his own wallet.
After his win, Malott used his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan to shine a light on the daughter of Alpha Male team trainer Joey Rodriguez, who was recently diagnosed with stage 3 lymphoma.
Malott said he was going to donate his show money — which should be $10,000, the standard contract for a UFC debut — to a GoFundMe that was set up for Angie Rodriguez. But going backstage after his victory, he got a big surprise.
Malott posted on Instagram on Sunday that fans in the stands had started handing him money for Angie’s treatment. He left the arena with an envelope of money from fans who wanted to help the cause.
And if that wasn’t enough to boost the spirit, UFC President Dana White said he’ll take care of the donation Malott promised to make so Malott doesn’t lose his money.
Malott said on Sunday he appreciates all the extra support, including from White – and he will always make that donation out of his own pocket that he promised in the cage. Boxer Jake Paul said he would also match Malott’s gift.
“There is so much to say about last night – it was an amazing night for me!
The first thing I wanted to touch on was the generosity of people willing to donate money to help @joey_rodriguez916, his daughter Angie and his family. First off, after announcing that I would be donating my show money from last night’s fight, @danawhite said he would donate instead to let me keep my money! I’ll still donate, but a big thank you to Dana for making this happen – it was amazing!
Second, to the fans who handed me money out of their own pocket without hesitation as I walked out of the cage, you absolutely blew my mind with your generosity!
Third, to the nearly 900 fans (and still counting) who have donated to Angie’s fight, you will be making a huge difference to an amazing family.
Fourth, to @jakepaul for matching the 10k donation with his @boxingbullies foundation. Really generous.
Thank you all for your help and donations. Faith in humanity restored.