(PRESS RELEASE) -- Las Vegas, Nev. – In an unprecedented move, fierce competitors in the Octagon® will put aside their long-standing rivalries to ensure research continues in a landmark study for professional fighters. Cleveland Clinic will announce it has received ongoing support to continue its Professional Fighters Brain Health Study from the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®), along with other boxing and mixed martial arts organizations. Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), Senator John McCain (R-AZ), UFC Chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, and UFC light heavyweight contender Glover Teixeira will show their support for the study by joining executives from Cleveland Clinic. Sen. Reid was an amateur boxer in his youth, and Sen. McCain boxed at the U.S. Naval Academy and has been involved in legislation related to boxing since the mid-1990s.
WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 – 11:00 a.m. ET
WHERE: S. 115 The Capitol -- Washington, DC
(Please note: Event will be webcast; contact Richardson for details)
WHO: Lorenzo Fertitta, UFC Chairman & CEO
Jon Jones, UFC light heavyweight champion
Glover Teixeira, UFC light heavyweight No. 1 contender
Sen. Harry Reid, (D-NV)
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)
Toby Cosgrove, MD, President & Chief Executive Officer, Cleveland Clinic
Jeffrey Cummings, MD, Director, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health
Charles Bernick, MD, Assoc. Medical Director, CCLRCBH, principle investigator of the study
Additional boxing and MMA executives and athletes to join
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