|22/04/09||Dan Henderson, Cung Le, ‘Shogun’ Rua, Matt Serra Join Round 5 for Expanded ‘Series 4′ Release|
Four Champions Plus Carano, Fedor to Comprise Six-Figurine Set;
Series 3 Now Scheduled for Late May Release
MARKHAM, Ontario, Canada, April 22, 2009 – Four of the most popular and accomplished champions in mixed martial arts, Dan Henderson, Cung Le, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Matt Serra, have partnered with Round 5, the leading producer of MMA collectibles, to create figurines that will be included in an expanded Series 4, it was announced today by Barron Lau, Round 5 CEO and co-founder and Damon Lau, president and co-founder. The series, scheduled to be available at retail in July in time for UFC 100, will include the four plus fellow superstars Fedor Emelianenko and Gina Carano. McCarthy, Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira, will be in stores across North America and at online outlets including www.Round5MMA.com in late May, about a month behind its original schedule.
“With six figurines, Series 4 will be our largest issuance to date,” said Damon Lau. “Adding four more of the biggest names in the sport – with wide fan bases – to what began as an already stacked set is huge for Round 5 and a great opportunity for fans to quickly add to their collections.”
To date, Round 5 has issued two Series of four athletes each: Randy Couture, Matt Hughes, Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and Tito Ortiz comprised Series 1 while Rich Franklin, Sean Sherk, Anderson Silva and Wanderlei Silva were released in Series 2. Series 3 had been planned for an April release, but has been delayed by about four weeks.
“The Series 3 prototypes have been completed and are currently in production,” said Lau. “It took a little longer than we had originally anticipated, but we feel that the finished product is well worth the extra wait.”
Henderson, the last man to hold the welterweight and middleweight titles for PRIDE, has a 24-7-0 career MMA record, competing against many of the best in MMA. “Hollywood” defeated Wanderlei Silva to take his final PRIDE crown, then rejoined the UFC, where he has won his last two bouts. He leads Team USA in Season 9 of The Ultimate Fighter television program and will fight fellow coach Michael Bisping at UFC 100 on July 11 in Las Vegas.
Though he has competed for years in the Chinese martial art of Sanshou, the South Vietnamese native Le gained fame in North America by defeating legendary Frank Shamrock via TKO last year in San Jose, Calif., where he trains. Le is unbeaten (6-0) in his MMA career and has begun a career in acting, with several feature films nearing international release.
The Brazilian star Rua, known the world over as “Shogun,” boasts and 18-3 record, last week recording a first-round knockout over Chuck Liddell at UFC 97. He is a former PRIDE champion, winning the Grand Prix title in 2005 with wins over Quinton Jackson, Rogerio Minotoro Nogueira and Ricardo Arona.
Serra, a Long Island, N.Y., native, has compiled a 9-5 MMA mark, earning international acclaim following his first-round TKO of Georges St. Pierre in their first meeting in 2007 for the UFC welterweight championship. St. Pierre won the rematch last year, and Serra is next scheduled to battle Matt Hughes at UFC 98 in May. A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu master, Serra also gained fame as the winner of Season 4 of The Ultimate Fighter.
22 Responses to “ Dan Henderson, Cung Le, ‘Shogun’ Rua, Matt Serra Join Round 5 for Expanded ‘Series 4′ Release ”
June 11, 2009 at 02:15amJason Mcdonald... An interesting post by a bloger made me ......
June 08, 2009 at 12:43pmSeries 3 has arrived and will begin shipping today! Stores across North America should receive them by next week.
June 07, 2009 at 08:08amhey guys, any idea when series 3 will be released?? I have been waiting forever
May 31, 2009 at 01:33am"please make MY most favorite guy evar!!!" Seriously people get a grip. I'm quite sure that Round5 are doing their best to bring all the popular fighters to you. Just try to understand that their is business involved and I'm sure many road blocks must be crossed to make that possible. Just be happy that you have a company creating badass figurines of MMA fighters and if your personal favorite doesn't make it to the shelf do let it ruin your day.
May 30, 2009 at 04:37ami would have to agree with the others mcdonald isn't a marketable figurine hell hes been droppedfrom the ufc i like the guy but come on there a way to many good fighters that need to be released first sorry jason u just dont cut it.
May 25, 2009 at 04:09pmbrock lesnar, chuck liddel, clay guida, forrest griffin, bj penn, and gsp, that is a sicccckkkkk series of figures that i'd buy in a minute
May 25, 2009 at 11:20ami can't believe that McDonald is being released and there arent even any rumors of some big names, and why does each series get delayed months and months??
May 18, 2009 at 04:12pmBrock Lesnar is a must.
May 12, 2009 at 09:16amI would love to see Cro Cop, GSP, Clay Guida, Huerta, Kampmann, Sakuraba, Aoki, Lesnar, Mark Hunt, Bas, Liddell, Bisping, Babalu, Cain Velasquez, maybe MaSK.
May 07, 2009 at 08:41amIgor and Vitor are a must!!! Yvel and Alexandre Emelianenko would be great because of their badass tattoos...
May 05, 2009 at 08:52amRound 5 should make the legendary Series such as Bas Rutten, Ken Shamrock,Frank Shamrock, Mark Coleman, Don Frye, Royce Gracie,Kevin Randleman, Vitor Belfort,Josh Barnett, Pedro Rizzo, David Abbot,Igor Vovchanchyn...... It will be much saleable for adding some big old names rather than putting some dump names such as Jason McDonald.....
May 04, 2009 at 07:25pmIgor Vovchanchyn
May 04, 2009 at 12:44amBJ Penn, GSP, Rashad Evans,Frank Shamrock,is what I would like to see in the future.
April 30, 2009 at 03:36pmRoyce Gracie,BJ Penn,Chuck Liddell,and GSP need to be made.
April 28, 2009 at 10:05pmMake the taller fighters tall, the shorter ones short, make them to scale with eachother, details details details!!! so far so good, just saying, if you make Sylvia, he should be much taller than the others!!!
April 28, 2009 at 12:05amDude for the 5 series u should get Lyoto Machida, Chuck Lidell, Forrest Griffin, BJ Penn, Brock Lesnar, and Keith Jardine or even Clay Guida Now That would be an awesome series
April 23, 2009 at 01:11pmForrest Griffin!!! GSP!!! Liddell!! Make it happen!!! *cough* ...please
April 23, 2009 at 12:02amTHEY ALL LOOK GREAT. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THE UPCOMING SERIES 5 AND 6 INCLUDE......... ROYCE GRACIE, DON FRYE, MARK COLEMAN, CHUCK LIDDELL, TANK ABBOTT, BJ PENN, GSP, TIM SYLVIA
April 22, 2009 at 05:58pmwhat we need is chuck, gsp, bj penn cro crop
April 22, 2009 at 02:04pmGreat to see Round 5 signing mma greats from outside the UFC. These are way more affordable, and in my opinion detailed then the old hao figures. I would love to see a Cro-Cop, please make it happen! I haver to add my wish list too I guess, Josh Barnett, Evan Tanner, and GSP would round that out as a nice set.
April 22, 2009 at 12:51pmI am still highly expecting the Chuck Liddell, GSP, CropCop, Josh Barnett, Tim Sylvia, Kevin Randleman, Ken Shamrock, Kimbo Slice, Brock Lesnar, Alistair Overeem, Rashad Evans, Forrest Griffin, Lyoto Machida,Thiago Alves, Renato Sobral, Vitor Belfort, David Abbott, Michael Bisping, Royce Gracie, BJ.Pean
April 22, 2009 at 12:25pmWell Done!!! The series 4 got want I want, especially Cung Le , Fedor and Gina, keep up the good work, greeting from Hong Kong~ Hoping series 5 will be Chuck Liddell, GSP, Josh Barnett & Tim Sylvia, but no Jason MacDonald please :P