Extensive review of the Bull Terrier Fujin Raijin Gi, complete with analysis of the design, feel and quality.
Ben Henderson has a new Dethrone walkout shirt for his UFC 150 rematch and title fight against Frankie Edgar. Click the pic to buy it or for more info.
Roots of Fight has released another mini-documentary, this time paying tribute to the epic grappling match between Gracie family patriarch and father of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Helio Gracie and legendary Japanese judoka Masahiko Kimura on October 23, 1951.
Prior to the match, Kimura, considered at the time to be the greatest judoka in the world, boasted that he would “finish the fight with the first grip.” Kimura used his significant weight advantage to repeatedly throw the smaller Gracie, but could not finish him. In the thirteenth minute of the match, Kimura secured an ‘ude garami’ shoulder lock. Gracie refused to submit, but his corner, realizing the only possible outcome, threw in the towel and forfeited the match. Today, in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu the ‘ude garami’ is simply known as the Kimura.
“He knew he was going to lose in front of his whole country, but he still engaged,” says Rener Gracie. “And that’s the definition of a warrior. That’s the definition of a fighter. That’s the definition of a modern-day samurai.”
Roots of Fight commemorates Gracie vs. Kimura through the release of a short documentary with the story of the historic match recounted by Helio’s grandson, Rener Gracie and footage of the match itself.
In addition to the mini documentary, Roots of Fight has produced original apparel inspired by the notable fight and the beginnings of the Gracie Academy in Rio de Janeiro. Here is one of the new designs, available at MMA Warehouse.
Arianny Celeste is coming to Chicago for the UFC on Fox event at the United Center, and you’ll have a few chances to meet her during fight week.
Fight Chix is hosting two events with Arianny, the first being at The Lodge in Four Lakes on Thursday the 26th from 9-11pm. She’ll be there for a calendar signing, which will be on sale at the event, and she’ll be available for pictures and autographs. Fight Chix apparel will also be on sale at the event.
The Lodge in Four Lakes is located at 5750 Lakeside Drive in Lisle, and you can get more info on the Facebook event page.
Then on Friday the 27th, Arianny will be at Proof Chicago, for a party hosted by Anthony Van Morre, Fight Chix, and Jaco. Arianny is hosting Proof’s pre-party for the UFC fight.
There are be special VIP tickets available that will allow you into the Proof Penthouse to hang with Arianny and get some pics from 10-11pm. The party goes from 10pm until 4am. Click here for ticket info, and you can contact Proof Night Club Chicago.
BJ Penn will fight Nick Diaz at UFC 137 with the winner seemingly next in line for a title shot against the winner of GSP/Condit.
RVCA has another new BJ Penn shirt, this time it’s the “Skelepenn”.
- 30/single 100% cotton crew neck t-shirt
- BJ PENN, RVCA and HAWAII text and large skeleton graphic on front
VA and Hawaii map graphic on shoulders
- Logo hits on sleeves
- BJ Penn and RVCA logos and TEAMHAWAII text on back
Anderson “The Spider” Silva has a new walkout shirt for his UFC 134 championship fight against Yushin Okami.
Shogun Rua has a new walkout shirt for his UFC 134 fight against Forrest Griffin.
- Large shogun graphic with BAD BOY and MAURICIO RUA SHOGUN text on front
- Bad Boy eyes and text on left sleeve
- Eyes graphic and RIO 134 on right sleeve
- BADBOY and MAURICIO RUA SHOGUN text on back and helmet with mask graphic
Chicago’s MMA reporter Tim Stroud sat down with Troy Maddox of BRVRY Apparel & Gear. BRVRY is an up and coming apparel & gear brand based in Central Illinois. Maddox is the owner/creator/artist of BRVRY, and he talks about the company and its future.
Tim Stroud: Tell me a little about BRVRY and how it was created.
Troy Maddox: It started out as an idea a few years ago. The name just came to me and after thinking of a particular selling market, it just made sense. I really didn’t come up with a strong design idea until getting into the show, ‘Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory’. That’s how I came up with the extreme sports design concept.
Tim: What kind of merchandise does BRVRY offer?
Tim: Is there anything new coming soon?
Troy: There will be hats available in the very near future, along with plenty of other products, including hoodies and fight shorts.
Tim: I’m aware that you are looking to sponsor MMA fighters. What about BRVRY fits with the MMA audience?
Troy: I try and stay with an edgy, aggressive, but different design style with all of BRVRY apparel, which should appeal to a lot of MMA and extreme sport fans.
Tim: Who is your favorite MMA fighter(s) right now?
Troy: I would have to say that my favorite fighters right now are Jon Jones, Mike Swick and Georges St. Pierre.
Tim: Are you looking to sponsor anyone other than MMA fighters? If so, who?
Troy: Yes, I’m looking to eventually sponsor many different extreme sport athletes, i.e. skateboarders and dirt riders (ATV, motocross).
Tim: How can people contact you about getting sponsored by BRVRY?
Troy: For information on sponsorship, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Troy: I do have an online store at BRVRY.com. As of right now, there is just one retail shop that sells BRVRY gear and that place is SnakeSkin Tattoo in Decatur, IL.
Tim: Is there anything else that you would like our readers to know about BRVRY?
Troy: For anyone out there looking for a unique, positive, always fresh apparel company, have a look at BRVRY Apparel & Gear!
Tim: Thank you for your time and best of luck.
Troy: Thanks and don’t forget to follow BRVRY on Facebook.
The battle of the big mouths is this Saturday, when Rashad Evans and Tito Ortiz take their fight into the cage. TapouT has a new walkout shirt for Rashad, and it’s slick:
Fight Chix is not only one of the dominant brands of MMA apparel for women, it is also Chicago-based. Fight Chix was at LV Fight Shop and LX Fight Shop recently, and owners Elisabeth and Jake Nuesser, Arianny Celeste and special guest Natalie Skyy were out to meet and greet fans, take photos and show the Fight Chix love! Here’s some video of the event.
Visit Fight Chix online at fightchix.com