|29/09/09||Liddell, St.Pierre, Evans Among Six Initial Figures Round 5 UFC Series|
Florian, Guida and Machida also Featured in First Six Produced Under UFC
MARKHAM, Ontario, Canada, September 29, 2009 – Its landmark marketing partnership freshly in place, Round 5 is pleased to announce the members of the first series of collectible figurines under the UFC brand, a group of six accomplished fighters, as announced today by Barron Lau, Round 5 CEO and co-founder and Damon Lau, president and co-founder. Figurines for stars Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell, George “Rush” St. Pierre, “Suga” Rashad
Evans, Kenny “KenFlo” Florian, Clay “The Carpenter” Guida and Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida are scheduled to be available at retail and at www.Round5MMA.com early next year.
The six collectibles will be presented in a new UFC-themed packaging that includes action photos of each respective fighter’s memorable moments as well as a short biography.
“These six athletes provide a strong, varied base for our first UFC series,” said Damon Lau. “There are established champions like Chuck Liddell and George St. Pierre, popular up-and comers like Rashad Evans and Kenny Florian and guys like Clay Guida and Lyoto Machida who have loyal, growing followings.”
“We think fans will really connect to these collectibles through their detail and the enhanced packaging,” said Barron Lau. “We want them to feel that by owning a Round 5 figurine, they, in a sense, own a piece of that fighter.”
The issuance of UFC Series 1 signals the discontinuation of the previous Round 5 Series. The remaining inventory from the 17 figurines issued in the previous four Series under that brand will continue to be available while supplies last. Limited editions and other special versions of the UFC Series 1 athletes are also in the planning stages.
“The Limited Editions we have issued have been wildly popular, so we are definitely looking at expanding those offerings,” added Barron Lau.
Liddell, one of the most popular MMA fighters ever, held the UFC light heavyweight belt for two years, using his devastating striking skills to rack up a 21-7 record, including 13 knockouts, against a top-shelf list of opponents since his 1998 debut at UFC 17. He also showed his power by ending all five of his successful title defenses with a KO or TKO.
St. Pierre is often mentioned on the short list of top “pound-for-pound” fighters in MMA, and he’s backed up that distinction with wins in his last six bouts, all headliners, to raise his overall mark to 19-2. The UFC welterweight champion proudly represents his native Montreal, Canada.
Evans has shed his underdog status with a series of standout victories, moving to light heavyweight after winning The Ultimate Fighter 2 television series as a heavyweight. Now 13-1- 1, successive wins over Michael Bisping, Liddell and Forrest Griffin were surprises to many and earned “Suga” his first title shot earlier this year, a loss to Machida.
Florian is another graduate of The Ultimate Fighter who has fulfilled his promise, springboarding from his strong performance in TUF 1 to post an 11-4 record and headline cards. He has also branched out to the media side of the sport as a weekly host of MMA Live on ESPN and several UFC color commentary stints.
Guida has ridden strong conditioning, action-packed fights and a flashy style to a prolific MMA career, with 35 bouts (25 wins) to his credit. Known as “The Carpenter” for his previous career while he trained and fought for his chance, Guida is a frequent “Fight of the Night” honoree, including his last bout, a split decision defeat in a free-for-all with Diego Sanchez in June.
Machida is also prominent in the “pound-for-pound” discussion, made even more evident by his win over previously-unbeaten Evans at UFC 98 in May, in which “The Dragon’s” lightningquick form and powerful striking was on full display. The undefeated (15-0) UFC light heavyweight champion is scheduled to make his first defense against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua on October 24.
Round 5 collectible figures may be purchased at leading North American retailers such as Toys
‘R’ Us, Kmart and Walmart. Other retailers can be found at www.round5mma.com/wheretobuy.php.
About Round 5
Round 5 (www.Round5MMA.com), headquartered in Markham, Ontario, Canada, is the MMA industry’s fastest growing worldwide collectible figure company. Committed to developing intricately detailed figures, Round 5 strives to remain true to the sport of MMA and its personalities.
26 Responses to “ Liddell, St.Pierre, Evans Among Six Initial Figures Round 5 UFC Series ”
October 19, 2009 at 04:39pmFORREST GRIFFIN is denifinitely needed!!! He has so many fans and is a great fighter with tons of heart!
October 19, 2009 at 02:03pmMask, punk ass, and skyscrape should be made also evan tanner legands would be great
October 16, 2009 at 12:07amwell the round 5 collection is awsome.I work for tapot.com and just had the honor to meet "Hendo"today.great guy he signed my figurine and took a few photos.if anyone wants some great MMA GEAR,just go to TAPOUT.COM you will find a lot of great stuff.keep up the great work round 5.
October 11, 2009 at 01:47pmWhen is avalaible in world ?
October 11, 2009 at 12:00pmYeah, I'd love to see the pioneers of the UFC honored, Royce, Severn, Frye, Shamrock, Abbot and others...
October 09, 2009 at 01:57amBeside the UFC line Fedor, Barnett, Tim Sylvia, Alistair Overeem & Brett Roger still have to be made!!!
October 07, 2009 at 04:41amI agree with you 100% Bob!!! A Legends series needs to be made or have them as limited edition figures...P L E A S E ! ! ! =)
October 02, 2009 at 09:05pmbeen waiting for GSP! awesome!
October 02, 2009 at 01:49amk.flo over the prodigy, are you effin kidding me? gonna go out on a limb but series two: bj penn brock (db) lesnar forrest griffin thiago alves bruce buffer kimbo slice or congo...
October 01, 2009 at 03:44pmWhere is the GRACIES??? Rickson Gracie, Royce Gracie... all the others legends?
October 01, 2009 at 11:49amWhen we'll be able to buy them?
September 30, 2009 at 06:51pmAs a MMA fan who loves your product, PLEASE try to have a legends series with pioneer fighters like Gracie, Frye, Severn, Shamrock's, Abbott, Coleman, Rizzo. Don't forget these guys!
September 30, 2009 at 02:35pmFedor is not that good watch as the bro with the hawk KOs him then will you stil lwant your little Fedor doll? LOL
September 30, 2009 at 12:34pmWait there are some figurines have to be made outside the UFC such as Fedor(must have), Jake Shield, Jason Miller, Brett Roger,Nick Diaz, Alistair Overeem, Renato Sobral , Frank Shamrock, Tim Sylvia and Fabricio Werdum etc..they are still market worth, at least please make "Fedor" as you planned earlier!!!!! please don't let the UFC control the exclusivity again!!!!!
September 30, 2009 at 12:11pmyeah where is fedor????
September 30, 2009 at 07:29am........ I love Round5mma figurines, but seriously, you are not making the Fedor one?...
September 30, 2009 at 12:20amThis is great. I've been waiting for The Iceman since the 1st series. When will they be coming out?
September 29, 2009 at 08:39pmim pretty sure that unless ufc signs fedor he wont be getting a figure anytime soon as well as many other international fighters. I like the idea of having a ufc line but they should also make popular fighters in other organizations. Hope the exclusive figures for the new and improved Round 5 line will be good. Im hoping for a GSP in his enterance Gi and head band that would be awsome, also just throwing this out there but it wouldn't hurt to release a few figures with there respective title belts! P.s Round 5 if your selling rights to exclusives hit me up as this new line looks to be outstanding, I would love to push the product!
September 29, 2009 at 08:23pmLooks great! Will there be any limited edition figures in this series?
September 29, 2009 at 06:51pmWait you are discontinuing the other Round Five figures? Now ONLY UFC fighters will be made??
September 29, 2009 at 04:15pmSo when can we expect to be able to buy these individually?
September 29, 2009 at 04:13pmHiding in Strikeforce.
September 29, 2009 at 10:46amSome misinformation here. Rashad Evans was already the Light Heavyweight Champion when he lost to Machida. Evans defeated Forrest Griffin to win the LHW belt. Machida was his first title defense.
September 29, 2009 at 10:16amExcellent , but where is Fedor????