Oakdale Mixed Martial Arts Academy sensation and Ultimate Fighting Championship talent Michael McDonald is rallying to combat an enemy of a different sort these days.
The standout bantamweight fighter ranked third in the world by ESPN has partnered with the Christian charity organization Cure International to aid children with curable diseases and disabilities.
The collaboration will be on display during a three-hour mixed martial arts clinic open to the public on April 20 that both raises funds and awareness for Cure International and celebrates the opening of Oakdale MMA at its new spacious location, 140 N. Second Ave., Oakdale.
“It’s a big seminar inside Oakdale MMA where students and the public are invited to learn MMA,” McDonald said on March 27. “We will be giving away clothes and training equipment and part of the income from the seminar will go directly towards funding cures for Cure International.
“We will also being raising awareness of the organization.”
According to cure.org, Cure International has seen over 1.9 million patients since 1998, provided over 138,000 life-altering surgeries and trained over 6,100 medical professionals.
The seminar is touted to include kickboxing, wrestling, Brazilian Jujitsu, sports psychology and McDonald’s personalized mechanics of combat.
The seminar will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pre-registration (ends April 16) is just $60 while at-the-door entries will be $80.
Pre-registration is available at oakdalemma.com.