LAS VEGAS, NV -- (Marketwire) -- 05/22/12 -- Today, Respect Your Universe, Inc. (RYU) (OTCBB: RYUN), http://www.ryu.com/, is thrilled to announce that on Saturday, May 26th top UFC Fighters Darren Elkins and Jamie Varner will be representing RYU for the highly anticipated UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Mir. Getting underway at 8:00 p.m. EDT on FX, the UFC 146 Preliminary Card will include Varner vs. Barboza and Elkins vs. Brandao, the final two preliminary bouts to air on FX before coverage switches to Pay-Per-View.
Elkins, a Featherweight with a 13-2-0 MMA win/loss/draw record, is from Indiana with his MMA background rooted in Wrestling. Elkins was an Indiana State High School wrestling champion and finished his career with a record of 191 wins and only 9 defeats. Additionally, Elkins was a four-time Freestyle Wrestling Champion as well as a two-time Greco State Champion. Elkins began his professional MMA career in 2006 as a Lightweight, and before joining the UFC, Darren defeated notable fighters such as Pat Curran and Gideon Ray and even won the C3 Lightweight Title.
"I am so excited and thankful to have the support of a company like RYU," said Darren Elkins. "I like the clean and athletic design of their clothing and I'm looking forward to repping their brand on May 26th."
Varner, a Lightweight fighter with a 19-6-1 MMA win/loss/draw record, will be returning to the UFC Octagon for the first time since UFC 68 to replace Evan Dunham in a lightweight faceoff against Edson Barboza. From Arizona, Varner most recently competed in the XFC, making an impressive debut at XFC 14, defeating Nate Jolly via knockout in the first round. He returned on the XFC 16: High Stakes card on February 10th and defeated Drew Fickett via strikes at just 40 seconds into the very first round.
"RYU's holistic outlook of their brand is a good fit for the type of man and fighter I hope to become," commented Jamie Varner.
In addition to this, RYU will also be visible in various elements during the Pay-Per-View coverage of the Main Card bouts of UFC 146. As an official sponsor of the UFC, RYU's logo will be seen for the first time on the Octagon canvas in addition to the locker room camera being sponsored by RYU, the RYU commercial being played throughout the venue and inclusion in the closed captioning of the Pay-Per-View coverage.
Inspired by the dedication of the athlete to the one-thousand-year-old sport of Martial Arts, RYU's debut premium performance Men's Spring Line embodies the art of the sport and places emphasis on respect, strength, honor and sustainability as the foundation of their apparel and products. Items now available from the Men's Spring line include compression tops and shorts, fleece pants and hoodies, wind and track jackets, t-shirts and various accessories such as duffle bags and headwear items. In addition to this, RYU also released their performance shorts and training pants designed specifically to enhance the overall performance of Martial Artists while keeping them comfortable at the same time.
All of the RYU apparel items and products have been produced from organic and/or recycled materials utilizing some of the best yarn and fabric suppliers in the world while achieving the performance attributes desired by Martial Arts fighters and the true everyday athlete.
For more information on RYU visit http://www.ryu.com or call +1-888-455-6183 ext. 101.
About Respect Your Universe
Respect Your Universe, Inc. (OTCBB: RYUN) is a premium performance apparel and equipment company rooted in and inspired by Mixed Martial Arts. Focused on the needs of the athlete, RYU brings innovative design, development and production of premium authentic performance gear with style to mixed martial artists and athlete enthusiasts worldwide. The RYU brand is based on respect, strength, honor and sustainability.
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