DANA WHITE DONATES $10K TO MUAY THAI FIGHTER … Who Lost Legs In Tragic Accident
Dana White was so touched by the story of a Muay Thai fighter who’s attempting to make a comeback to the ring after shedding his legs in a tragic work accident final 12 months, he opened up his pockets and donated $10,000 … TMZ Sports activities has discovered.
The fighter’s identify is John Esposito — and again in December 2021, his life modified without end whereas he was doing his job as a street employee.
Esposito says he was filling in potholes on the aspect of a freeway, when a automotive sped into the work space and hit him from behind, pinning him towards a trailer. The 30-year-old mentioned the amputation of his legs “occurred on the spot.
“Midway by means of the flight on the medivac, I flatlined,” Esposito mentioned not too long ago whereas recalling the incident. “They have been capable of resuscitate me, although, and convey me again to life.”
John — who fought frequently previous to the accident — has labored tirelessly the final 9 months to get again in between the ropes … hitting mitts from a wheelchair whereas he learns to maneuver round with prosthetics.
After listening to of his journey, Liam Tarrant, founder and president of The Muay Thai Mission, alongside mates Chris and Sarah Romulo, began a GoFundMe to assist Esposito on his street to restoration.
And, after Tarrant appeared on UFC fighter Angela Hill’s “Ceremonial Weigh-In” podcast to talk about all of it … White ended up donating $10K to the trigger.
Tarrant tells us because of White’s generosity — in addition to different donors — the GoFundMe has already exceeded its preliminary aim … and is approaching $30,000.
Tarrant says the money will finally go towards Esposito’s restoration prices “within the coming months & years.”
“Combating is the loneliest sport on the planet,” Tarrant mentioned within the GoFundMe, “however we’re letting our brother know that he is not alone on his journey. We’re all in his nook.”
Jimmie Allen’s Ice Cream Collab Pulled From Firm Web site After Rape Claims
Jimmie Allen‘s candy cope with a “Shark Tank” powered ice cream firm is outwardly out the window … this following latest rape allegations made in opposition to him.
This is the deal — it was introduced again in March that the nation singer was partnering up with The Frozen Farmer, a farm-fresh ice cream firm backed by Lori Greiner and featured on the deal-making collection.
Jimmie collabed with the biz and got here up with Miss Angie’s Peach Cobbler Frobert, impressed by a recipe from his mother of the identical identify … however in the event you take a look at the corporate’s web page, the dessert is nowhere to be discovered and the social media posts selling it have been deleted.
The pints had been jam-packed with references to Jimmie’s background, like a pic of him and his mother on the quilt or the quantity 15 on the lid — the quantity his dad wore when he performed baseball. Nevertheless, it appears to be like prefer it’s merely in his rearview mirror at this level.
As we reported, Jimmie’s being sued by his alleged former enterprise supervisor, who claims he raped her whereas she was working for him.
Jimmie Allen Sued By Former Supervisor, Accused of Rape
She says he continued to amp up the sexual harassment throughout her 18 months on the job … earlier than finally being fired from the corporate that employed her.
Jimmie informed us the girl’s claims have “no fact to them in any respect” and alleges she employed a lawyer to ask him for cash solely after their 2-year consensual sexual relationship ended.
We have reached out to The Frozen Farmer and Jimmie’s rep for remark … thus far, no phrase again.
UFC Star Ian Garry Has 5-6 Battle Plan To Seize Belt, Begins W/ Magny
Ian Garry, quickly to be the #15 ranked welterweight, is not speeding his technique to the highest … “The Future” tells us he has a plan laid out, and it begins with preventing a man he believes is the gatekeeper to the highest 10!
25-year-old Garry defeated Daniel Rodriguez inside 3 minutes (it is the primary time D-Rod’s been completed with strikes) on UFC on ABC 4 … and joined Babcock on the “TMZ Sports activities” TV present (airs weekdays on FS1) the place he talked about his subsequent strikes.
“Yeah, [Neil Magny is] nonetheless the man I need for therefore many causes,” Garry mentioned. “I imagine that everyone is aware of who Magny is. Everyone is aware of how recreation a fighter Magny is.”
Garry admits Magny (27-10) could not have one of the best document … however he is a man who can expose you for those who aren’t ready.
“So if there is a man within the division earlier than you enter that prime 10 that you simply wanna take a look at your self towards and see for those who’re legit, it is Neil Magny.”
Because it stands, “The Future” is an ideal 12-0 … in a sport the place unbeaten data are a rarity. And, the zero is one thing that Ian says means lots to him.
“To have the ability to sit there and say nobody ever cracked the code, to have the ability to sit there and say nobody was in a position to decipher the sport that I carry to the desk, completely. 100%,” he mentioned.
Regardless of the immense success so early in his profession, Garry is not resting on his laurels. In truth, he says he is deliberate a visit to Brazil the place he’ll work on jiujitsu … in addition to a voyage all the best way to New Zealand, the place he’ll prepare with middleweight champ Israel Adesanya.
“Do not inform me that if I am coaching with Adesanya, that I am unable to decide up one or two little particulars which might be gonna assist elevate my recreation,” Garry mentioned.
“Touring and studying and rising and turning into higher is inevitably extra vital to me proper now than attempting to find the title proper now, as a result of once I resolve to make that title run, I am gonna succeed and no one’s gonna have the ability to take me off that.”
Maybe the best a part of the win for Ian was his idol Conor McGregor‘s response to the one-sided victory … when Infamous tweeted, “Once you name your shot and hit it, that’s particular. The Shot Caller Membership has a brand new entry, Eire’s Ian ‘The Future’ Garry! #NotAScratch.”
Garry was loving it … saying, “I am like a f***ing child in a sweet retailer once I see that man put up stuff on Twitter,” Garry mentioned. “He is additionally f***ing hilarious.”
“Look, he is a famous person, and if I might have any quantity of success that he had, I’d be proud.”
Jamie Foxx in Bodily Rehabilitation Heart in Chicago, Household by His Facet
Jamie Foxx continues to obtain medical therapy after his severe well being scare final month in Atlanta — however now he is in a brand new metropolis, at a facility touted as the highest bodily drugs and rehabilitation heart within the nation.
Jamie’s household, together with his daughters Corinne and Anelise, in addition to Anelise’s mom, Kristin Grannis, have been all in Chicago each Saturday and Sunday to spend time with Foxx throughout his continued care.
Whereas we nonetheless do not know precisely what occurred to Jamie or why he is there … we all know the power focuses on stroke restoration, traumatic mind harm rehab, spinal twine harm rehab and most cancers rehabilitation.
One supply tells us Foxx arrived at this facility in Chicago in late April — after initially getting therapy in an Atlanta hospital — and sources related to Jamie inform us he is “recovering effectively.”
Jamie’s family members gave the impression to be in good spirits over the weekend, and there are indicators he is alert and lively — together with the very fact Kristin left the middle with Mom’s Day flowers and a balloon.
Additionally, Anelise had her guitar along with her, so that you gotta think about she was capable of play and sing along with her dad … signal contemplating how essential music is to Jamie.
Corinne, who has been by her dad’s aspect from the beginning of his medical troubles, was additionally joined by her boyfriend on at the least one of many visits, cracking a smile … which, hopefully, is a marker of optimistic issues taking place for Jamie.
On the finish of final week, Corinne introduced her father had been out of the hospital for “weeks” and was “recuperating” — she additionally talked about he was enjoying pickleball.
Whereas it is clear he is nonetheless getting therapy, the rehab heart is clearly encouraging for Jamie’s total progress — and the power gives an adaptive sports activities and health program — which might clarify the sport of pickleball.
As we reported, Jamie was first hospitalized April 12 in Atlanta for what his household referred to as a “medical complication” … however all appears to be headed in the proper path.
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