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UFC 'Fight for the Troops' report card

1/23/2011
Pat Barry scored high marks for his kickboxing -- but not much else. Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images

Before we get to grading fighters, let's first offer perfect marks to the following groups and people for a cause that, the more I learn about it, the more pressing it feels. So, an A+ goes to the folks at Zuffa, Spike TV, the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, the troops, of course, and to anyone who took time to donate their hard-earned money to a noble cause.

As many mixed martial artists participating on the event said prior to fight night, the opportunity to compete in and of itself was an honor. For that reason, F's were verboten for Saturday's "Fight for the Troops" at Fort Hood.

Simply for the effort of competing in front of a military-only audience in hopes of raising awareness and money in the name of traumatic brain injury, I didn't have the heart.

From A+ to a D, the evening's report card:

Josh Gross covers MMA for ESPN.com. Follow him on Twitter at JoshGrossESPN.