CORAL GABLES, Fla., March 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Tequila CAZADORES®, Official Spirits Sponsor of Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®), is proud to announce the 19th recipient and repeat winner of the Tequila CAZADORES® Spirit Award – heavyweight fighter Brendan Schaub, known for his well-rounded fighting abilities.
Tequila CAZADORES and UFC invited fans (21+) to decide the Tequila CAZADORES Spirit Award winner for UFC 128. Consumers had the opportunity to vote online at UFC.com for the fighter they thought demonstrated social responsibility, dedication to their art form, and good sportsmanship; the core values behind the Tequila CAZADORES brand and its sponsorship with UFC.
Brendan's win was announced LIVE on March 16, 2011, at UFC 128 in Las Vegas, Nevada as well as on Pay-Per-View® during the fighter's walk out to the Octagon™. Tequila CAZADORES congratulates Brendan on his win and would like to thank the increasingly growing number of fans for voting and supporting the Tequila CAZADORES Spirit Award.
Brendan attended the University of Colorado, where he received a full athletic scholarship and played four years as a fullback on the football team. After college, he played professional football in the Arena Football League and spent time on the practice squad in the NFL. Brendan was introduced to mixed martial arts by his father who is a 2nd degree black belt in Karate and Tae Kwon Do. As the winner of the Tequila CAZADORES Spirit Award, Tequila CAZADORES presented Brendan with a plaque and a check for a $1,000 donation made in his name to the Colorado Humane Society & SPCA.
"Brendan's tenacious spirit and drive make him a model recipient for the Tequila CAZADORES Spirit Award," said Fannie Young, vice president and brand managing director, Tequila CAZADORES, "Brendan has a deep commitment to mixed martial arts and his community and truly embodies the core values of our brand."
Tequila CAZADORES is the Official Spirit Sponsor of Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®). UFC is the world's leading professional mixed martial arts organization (MMA) that offers a premier series of MMA sporting events. The Tequila CAZADORES Spirit Award is an honor that is presented to the UFC fighter who best exemplifies social responsibility, commitment to the MMA art form, or good sportsmanship. Each month the winning fighter is presented with a plaque and a $1,000 check from Tequila CAZADORES to the fighter's charity of choice.
Past winners of the Tequila CAZADORES Spirit Award are:
- Forrest Griffin - May 23, 2009
- Rich Franklin - June 15, 2009
- Randy Couture – July 13, 2009
- Kenny Florian – Aug. 7, 2009
- Nate Marquardt – Aug. 28, 2009
- Tito Ortiz – Sept. 19, 2009
- Brandon Vera – Oct. 23, 2009
- Cain Velasquez – Nov. 20, 2009
- Frank Mir – Dec. 11, 2009
- Brian Stann – Feb. 5, 2010
- Brian Stann (culmination award) – March 25, 2010
- Diego Sanchez – May 27, 2010
- Kurt Pellegrino – July 1, 2010
- Clay Guida – Aug. 4, 2010
- Kenny Florian – Aug. 28, 2010
- Matt Serra – Sept. 25, 2010
- Brendan Schaub – Oct. 21, 2010
- Tim Boetsch – November 20, 2010
- Miguel Angel Torres – February 5, 2011
- Brendan Schaub – March 16, 2011
About Tequila CAZADORES®
Tequila CAZADORES is the maker of the number-one premium tequila in the world (1) and the number-one Reposado Tequila in California(2). It is renowned as one of the most popular premium tequilas in Mexico. Tequila CAZADORES is made with 100 percent blue agave grown, harvested and distilled in the Highlands of Jalisco, Mexico, recognized as the premier agave growing region in the world, resulting in a smoother, more flavorful taste. For additional information, visit www.cazadores.com.
About Bacardi U.S.A., Inc.
Bacardi U.S.A., Inc. is the United States import and distribution arm of one of the world's leading spirits and wine producers. The company boasts a portfolio of some of the most recognized and top-selling spirits brands in the United States including BACARDI® rum, the world's favorite and best-selling premium rum, as well as the world's most awarded rum; GREY GOOSE® vodka, the world-leader in super-premium vodka; DEWAR'S® Blended Scotch Whisky, the number-one selling blended Scotch whisky in the United States; BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® gin, the top-valued and fastest-growing premium gin in the world; CAZADORES® 100 percent blue agave tequila, the number-one premium tequila in Mexico and a top-selling premium tequila in the United States; MARTINI® vermouth, the world-leader in vermouth; and other leading and emerging brands. For additional information, visit www.bacardiusa.com.
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(1)2007 International Wine & Spirit Record (IWSR)
(2)2009 The Nielsen Company
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