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UFC walks the talk in supporting the troops

Maggie Hendricks
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Wednesday's Ultimate Fight Night takes on special meaning because it will truly be as advertised, a Fight for the Troops. Only 30 tickets were made available to the public. The rest of the stands at Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, N.C., will be filled with troops from the nearby Fort Bragg military installation. Military vets will also be in the Octagon. Steve Bruno, Tim Credeur, Dale Hartt and Brandon Wolff all served the country in the armed forces.

Beyond that, the fight will benefit the troops financially. Proceeds from the ticket auction will go to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, a group who gives support to members of the military who have returned wounded from the war. The money will help build the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (pictured above), a rehabilitation center that will focus on helping veterans who have traumatic brain injury and psychological problems. It will be in Bethesda, Md., adjacent to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

This center is especially needed due to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. More than 27,000 men and women have been wounded in the operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. A larger percentage of troops are suffering from losing a limb, and most veterans who have lost a limb also have brain trauma.

Click here to make a donation to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.

Yahoo! Sports will have a live chat during Wednesday night's Ultimate Fight Night, airing live on Spike. Join us starting at 8:45 p.m. ET with the first fight at 9 p.m. ET.

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