UFC stands for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. OCF is an acronym for the Oral Cancer Foundation. Initially, most individuals may not see a correlation between the two. They may even think that they are almost the antithesis of each other. OCF is an entity designed to reduce suffering and save lives through prevention, education, research, advocacy and patient support. The UFC is a mixed martial arts organization that might been seen as creating suffering, while not a disease, but the fighters do apply brute force in order to win. But the willingness to fight, to pull out all the stops to prevail is the same mindset.
These two different types of fighters have come together in the form of a new relationship with former UFC Champion, current CFL Junior Welterweight Champion and MMA celebrity Mac Danzig. Mac is regarded as a true champion among his peers. CharityBuzz.com is currently hosting an auction where one lucky winner and a guest will meet Mac for a professional training session; learning tricks of the trade and experiencing some of what it takes while training, to become a title holder. This is an incredibly rigorous sport and resiliency is integral. Subsequently, the winners will enjoy a delicious lunch inspired by Matt’s favorite vegan meals. While dining, the master will instruct the winner(s) on how and why proper nutrition is a catalyst to winning in the ring and in life. To place a bid please click on the following link:
Danzig made his official UFC debut on December 8, 2007, where he won The Ultimate Fighter 6 and continued his career winning record with 22 wins and 12 losses through March 2014. On June 17, 2017 it was announced that Danzig would make his return to MMA. He proceeded to win the CFL Junior Welterweight Championship on August 5, 2017 against WSOF vet Joe Condon.
Mac is credited as a Mixed Martial Arts Consultant for the Nickelodeon television series; The Legend of Korra and continues to coach current and future fighters. Other passions for Mac have lead him to becoming a professional nature photographer who specializes in landscape and wildlife photography and an animal rights advocate. He has been a vegan since 2004 which has brought global recognition in documentaries such as Forks Over Knives.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is an American mixed martial arts organization based in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is the largest MMA promotion in the world and features the top-ranked fighters of the sport. Based in the United States, the UFC produces events worldwide and of 2017, the UFC has held over 400 events and has grown into a globally popular multi-billion-dollar enterprise.
When delving deeper into understanding both the OCF and UFC, individuals from both organizations frequently experience mental and emotional agony while absorbing teachings and techniques to win. On one hand, Mac Danzig needs to follow a very strict fitness regimen of exercise and nutrition, while an OCF Oral Cancer Fighter, needs to be very disciplined to beat this life-threatening disease. Their ability to endure the brutal treatments, while maintaining a positive attitude is an incredible challenge. Nutrition and stamina play an essential role in slowing down the disease and regaining health. Fighters will pull out all the stops when engaged in the “bout of their lives”. Those that have been engaged in a fight in the oral cancer ring know the difficulties of that experience. The fighter metaphor applies to them in spades, they are far from passive participants.
The mindset of a professional athlete is intense, with a singular focus on winning the fight. Nearly 49,750 Americans will be engaging in the fight of their lives because they will be diagnosed with oral or oropharyngeal cancer this year. Unfortunately, this will lead to 9,750 deaths, killing roughly 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day. Of those 49,750 newly diagnosed individuals, only slightly more than half will be alive in 5 years. Worldwide the problem is much greater with over 450,000 new cases being found each year. Treatment of oral cancers is ideally a multidisciplinary approach involving the efforts of surgeons, radiation oncologists, chemotherapy oncologists, dental practitioners, nutritionists and rehabilitation restorative specialists.
Thank you again to Mac Danzig and CharityBuzz.com. For helping OCF raise awareness of oral cancer and help raise funds to further the many missions we pursue.