December 10, 2011 // Franchising.com // TAMPA, Fla. – Tampa’s BlueGrace Logistics’ sponsorship of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) contender Claude “The Prince” Patrick continues as the fighter competes this weekend in his welterweight division main card matchup with Brian Ebersole. The packed-card event will take place this Saturday, December 10 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario.
This weekend, Patrick will attempt to continue his 13 fight winning streak. The 31-year-old Mississauga native started training for this fight 14 weeks ago and says he is looking forward to trying out new skills and proving himself in the Octagon.
“I don’t sing it, I bring it. You keep winning and eventually people will take notice,” said Patrick. “I owe a big thanks to all the support I get and am proud to be working with companies like BlueGrace.”
MMA is one of the fastest growing sports today and BlueGrace has a number of customers from all over the nation who are fanatics, as well as corporate employees who enjoy the sport. MMA stars such as Thiago Alves and Carlos Condit often visit the BlueGrace headquarters for career fairs and onsite broadcast interviews on WTAN Sports Radio, providing a level of engagement for customers who frequently visit the headquarters as well. In addition, many of the fighters are highly engaged with social media, using forums such as Twitter as an opportunity to connect with the BlueGrace team and generate excitement about both brands.
“Patrick is an individual that exemplifies determination and integrity which is exactly why we choose to get involved with the UFC,” said BlueGrace President and CEO Bobby Harris.
BlueGrace Logistics is one of the fastest growing and most progressive providers of transportation, logistics and technology solutions to businesses and individuals nationwide, serving more than 2,500 customers in 60 cities. In addition to its December 10 sponsorship of Patrick, the company has also previously sponsored Thiago Alves, Junior Dos Santos, Carlos Condit, Jake Ellenberger, Chris Leben, Vagner Rocha, Alan Belcher and Roy Nelson.
For more information about BlueGrace Logistics, visit www.mybluegrace.com.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship is the world’s leading professional mixed martial arts organization and offers the premier series of MMA sports events. Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, and headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., UFC produces over twelve live pay-per-view events annually that are distributed residentially through North American cable and satellite providers including iNDEMAND Networks, DIRECTV, DISH Network, TVN Entertainment, Bell ExpressVU, SaskTel Max™, Shaw Pay-Per-View, Viewers Choice, and WOWOW in Japan, and via the Internet worldwide on Yahoo! Sports, and commercially through Joe Hand Promotions in the U.S. and Canadastar in Canada. In addition to its North American distribution, UFC programming is distributed in over 100 countries and territories throughout the world. For more information, or current UFC fight news, visit www.ufc.com.
Founded in 2007, BlueGrace Logistics offers complete, customized transportation management solutions to customers throughout the United States. Based in Riverview, Fla. with satellite offices in Salt Lake City and Chicago, the company has increased sales by more than 400 percent since 2009. It also launched a franchise program in early 2011 as part of its strategic growth plan. The company offers best -in-class freight services and support, including:
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