February 29, 2012 // Franchising.com // TAMPA, Fla. – Tampa’s BlueGrace Logistics’ involvement in sponsoring MMA fighters for Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC) bouts continues with ongoing support of main event fighter Thiago "Pitbull" Alves as he takes on Martin Kampmann in a welterweight division matchup. BlueGrace is also sponsoring fighters Mackens “Da Menace” Semerzier, Daniel “The Pit” Pineda, Andrew Craig, Cole "Magrinho" Miller and Nick “The Quiet Assassin” Penner. The packed-card event will take place Friday, March 2 at the Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia.
Alves, who is coming off of a November 2011 win with a first round submission over Papy Abedi, may have an opportunity to move closer to an eventual shot at the title again if he defeats Kampmann. In addition to this exciting main event, the other fights all promise to showcase the talents of the BlueGrace sponsored fighters.
“This particular fight card is very exciting as the BlueGrace sponsorship combines fighters such as Thiago and Mackens, who we’ve previously sponsored, with upcoming new talent in the sport. These fighters exemplify many of the attributes integral to our success in the transportation logistics business, including leadership, discipline and determination,” said BlueGrace CEO and President Bobby Harris. “We are proud to have all of these individuals as part of the BlueGrace Logistics family.”
MMA is one of the fastest growing sports today and BlueGrace has a number of customers across the nation who are fans, as well as corporate employees who enjoy the sport. Thiago Alves and other MMA stars such as UFC Interim Welterweight Champion 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.
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 March 2 sponsorships, the company has also previously sponsored such MMA fighters as UFC Interim Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit, UFC Lightweight Champion Ben Henderson, Donald Cerrone, Roy Nelson, Johny Hendricks, Vagner Rocha and Pat Barry.
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: