A Northern Irish UFC fighter took on a battle outside the ring to raise thousands of pounds for charity in memory of his father

Rhys McKee from Ballymena raised £2,000 for Northern Ireland Chest, Heart and Stroke recently in memory of his father who passed due to an aneurysm.

Earlier this year, Rhys raffled his latest fight kit raising £1500. “I thought with it being a big fight I would use it as a chance to raise money for an amazing charity”, Rhys said. “I feel like NICHS is the closest charity that helps raise awareness and I feel privileged to have been able to provide some funding and support for them”.

Not only did Rhys raise the money from the raffle but he also hosted a local ‘fight night’ at The Wild Duck Inn in Portglenone which raised a further £500 for the charity. He also held an awareness day for Women’s Aid at his gym after being approached by the charity. Speaking about his future plans Rhys said: “I would love to continue raising money for charities using the platform I have, it is definitely something I will continue to do”.

Rhys is a local MMA fighter who was recently signed to the UFC, has been fighting professionally for over five years and has been practicing the sport for more than nine years. Rhys made his UFC debut in July at UFC Fight Island 3 which he said was a dream of his since beginning his journey in mixed martial arts. Rhys’ next fight has just been announced for 14th November where he will fight Alex Morono in Las Vegas, Nevada.