May 01, 2012 // Franchising.com // TAMPA, Fla. – Tampa’s BlueGrace® Logistics continues its involvement in sponsoring MMA fighters with ongoing support of Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC) fighters Johny “Bigg Rigg” Hendricks as he takes on Josh Koscheck in a welterweight division matchup and Pat “HD” Barry as he takes on Lavar Johnson in a heavyweight matchup. The UFC on FOX 3 event will take place Saturday, May 5 at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J.
Hendricks, who is on a three bout winning streak, is currently ranked by Sherdog as the No. 4 welterweight fighter in the world. He is coming off of a knockout victory over Joe Fitch, who is regarded as one of the best welterweight fighters in the world. Barry, who is an American kickboxer and mixed martial artist, is coming off of a January 2012 win over Christian Morecraft.
“We’ve sponsored Johny and Pat before, and we’re always excited to continue supporting such tremendous athletes,” said Bobby Harris, President and CEO of BlueGrace. “These fighters are commendable individuals who are resilient, determined and passionate – all qualities we strive for at BlueGrace, in our work ethic and our business model.”
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 franchisees and 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 May 5 sponsorships of Hendricks and Barry, 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 and Vagner Rocha.
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: