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"Octagon of Excellence" Award to Honor McNair High School Wrestling Mustangs

UFC® “OCTAGON OF EXCELLENCE™” AWARD TO HONOR MCNAIR HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING MUSTANGS WITH $10,000 GRANT

Las Vegas, NV -- The Ultimate Fighting Championship® will recognize Atlanta’s 2012 McNair High School wrestling program for their accomplishments with an “Octagon of Excellence™” award, which includes a $10,000 grant. The grant will assist the Dekalb County Wrestling Champions with the purchase of uniforms, mats and travel to tournaments for the upcoming season.The “Octagon of Excellence™” award was created by the UFC® to recognize individuals or groups that have excelled in their chosen sport, profession or school. In addition to being named Dekalb County Wrestling Champions for the first time in their school history, the Mustangs also had a number of wrestlers qualify for the state championships. Dr. James Jones, the school’s principal, will also be recognized for increasing the graduation rate at McNair high school from thirty percent in 2003 to over seventy percent in 2009.

The award and check presentation will take place prior to the weigh-ins for UFC® 145: Jones vs. Evans at Fox Theatre on Friday, April 20 at 3 p.m. Official weigh-ins begin at 4 p.m. and will be streamed live at http://www.UFC.com. The entire wrestling team and Principal Jones will be in attendance. The event is free and open to the public.

UFC®145: JONES vs. EVANS will be available live on Pay-Per-View at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on UFC.TV, iN DEMAND, DirecTV, DISH Network, Avail-TVN, and in Canada on BellTV, Shaw Communications, Sasktel, and Viewer’s Choice Canada. In the night’s main event, reigning UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones defends his title against the former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans. Plus, young prospects Rory MacDonald, Miguel Torres, Brendan Schaub, Michael McDonald and Mark Hominick are also scheduled to compete on the six-fight main card.

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