UFC star Liz Carmouche and Bellator MMA veteran Felice Herrig both posted new ideas on Jan. 11 to generate revenue for breast cancer research.
Carmouche, who generated $127 for breast cancer research by donating an autographed pink sports bra that was used in a charity eBay auction, suggested MZ & Emmers should consider accepting other signed items from female MMA stars.
“@EricHolden @rowdybec @sarahgoodlaxson @feliceherrig @teciatorres @RondaRousey how much do u think we could get for the bottoms?” Carmouche tweeted.
MZ & Emmers auctions, the group that spearheaded the female MMA auctions to raise awareness and funds in the fight against breast cancer, is already ahead of the curve, as the group sold off autographed shorts from MMA standouts Rosi Sexton and Sarah Goodlaxson, among others.
Herrig suggested that she will donate an autographed sports bra from one of her recent fight weigh-ins.
“Now that I get how it all works I may even donate a ‘famous’ weigh in sports bra to try to bring in more revenue,” Herrig wrote on Facebook.
The recent female MMA charity eBay auctions were spearheaded by women’s pro soccer star McCall Zerboni, six-year-old Emma Bayer and her parents.
The auctions were designed to raise awareness and funds in the fight against breast cancer through the empowerment of women. Funds raised went to the Keep-A-Breast Foundation, a non-profit organization that uses art and educational programs to raise awareness of methods of prevention and early detection of breast cancer.
“A huge thank you to everyone who participated in our WMMA sports bra auction to benefit Keep-A-Breast,” Invicta FC posted on their official Facebook fan page. “We raised a total of $5,346, with 63 items!! Because of the success, we plan on doing this all over again in October! We would love to have you all join us. If you know anyone who might like to contribute, please send them our way. For those of you who missed out this time, please get on board!”
Among the many female MMA stars who contributed were Racheal Blaze, Emily Kagan, Julie Kedzie, Cassie Crisano, Hitomi Akano, Ayaka Hamasaki, Sara McMann, Ronda Rousey, Katalina Malungahu, Liz Carmouche, Bec Hyatt, Amanda Bell, Cassie Robb, Michelle Waterson, Laura Sanko, Arianny Celeste, Felice Herrig, Sarah Goodlaxson and Tecia Torres.
Rousey’s bra was the top seller, and Celeste followed close behind.
Rousey’s bra raked into $810, while Celeste brought in $449. Herrig’s cute pink sports bra sold for $405, and Hyatt’s top drew a high bid of $355.
Julie Kedzie was another top seller, as her autographed sports bra sold for $177.50. Sarah McMann saw her sports bra sell for $182.50, and Maureen Riordan raked in $201.50 for her top.
Female MMA athletes interested in donating for this great cause may get in touch with Zerboni via Twitter @McCaLL2.