April 11, 2012 // Franchising.com // TAMPA, Fla. – Tampa’s BlueGrace® Logistics continues its involvement in sponsoring MMA fighters with ongoing support of XFC fighter Felice “Lil Bulldog” Herrig in her bout against Patricia Vidonic at XFC 17: Apocalypse in Jackson, Tenn. at the Oman Arena on Friday, April 13. The freight and logistics company will also be supporting DaMarques “Darkness” Johnson in his bout against John Maguire at UFC on FUEL TV 2 taking place April 14 from the Ericsson Glove Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.
Herrig is an American Kickboxer, Muay Thai fighter and mixed martial artist. She is one of the most dynamic strikers in Women’s MMA, and looking to rebound a recent loss at the event as she faces Vidonic. Johnson is a former military veteran turned mixed martial artist, gearing up for his bout against Maguire at the second UFC on Fuel card taking place in Stockholm, Sweden. Johnson returns this month after his last fight in November where he knocked out fellow former ‘Ultimate Fighter’ alum Clay Harvison.
“We’re excited to support these two stunning fighters this weekend, and especially thrilled to get involved in Women’s MMA,” said BlueGrace CEO and President Bobby Harris. “All of the fighters we support exemplify determination and integrity, aligning seamlessly with our business model at BlueGrace.”
MMA is one of the fastest growing sports today and BlueGrace has a number of customers across the nation who are fanatics, as well as corporate employees who enjoy the sport. MMA stars such as UFC® Interim Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit and Thiago Alves 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 April 13 sponsorship of Felice Herrig and April 14 sponsorship of DaMarques Johnson, the company has also previously sponsored such MMA fighters as UFC® Interim Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit, UFC® Lightweight Champion Ben Henderson, Thiago Alves, 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.
The XFC is the largest pro mixed martial arts promotion in the East Coast of the USA. A premier MMA organization based out of Tampa, Florida, founder and CEO John Prisco had a vision to bring a real life take on the world’s fastest growing sport, Mixed Martial Arts. Xtreme Fighting Championships strive to bring you the most exciting and well rounded fighters from around the globe, from every weight class including both men & women’s PRO MMA, and also including a recently added Super Heavy-Weight Division.
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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