Operation Ranger Up

RU Sponsorship Guidelines

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Updated: June 12, 2011
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We sponsor a lot of MMA fighters and get requests for sponsorship all the time. If you are seeking sponsorship, please follow these simple guidelines so you’re not wasting your time and ours:

1. The golden rule of RU sponsorships is that we ONLY sponsor military veterans and active duty personnel. If you have not served in the Armed Forces of the United States honorably, we will not return your request.

2. Be professional. If your email starts off, “Hey bro, I got the next Fedor in my gym and you’re an idiot if you don’t sponsor him” we won’t read any further. If you can’t take the time to write a thoughtful letter, then we won’t take the time to answer.

3. Be thorough. Don’t say, “Badass is fighting soon. Want to sponsor him?” The answer will be no. Tell us where and when the fight will be, who the opponent is, how much media coverage there will be, what kind of audience the fight will have, and most importantly, why it’s in our best interest to sponsor him.

A good example of what we need - a clear photo of the fighter in our apparel.

4. Sponsorship is a two-way street. If you intend to take our money and shirts and run off into the distance, then don’t be surprised when we turn you down for a second fight. About 25% of the fighters we have sponsored did this and were perplexed when we said no to a second fight. If we’re going to sponsor you, then AT THE VERY LEAST you will take a picture in our gear and help spread the word about RU. Besides helping troops, the big reason we sponsor fighters is to show people our stuff who don’t know about us. You’re our ambassador for a night, so help us and we’ll continue to help you.

5. We do not generally sponsor fighters between fights. Unless you are a wounded vet riding a hand bike across the country like Nico Maroulis or Dan Gade, we only sponsor individual fights and no, we do not sponsor MMA events.

6. Don’t put us in a position to send you this letter:

Dear Manager X,

I manage the sponsorships for Ranger Up and received your email. I can only assume you meant to ask for an apparel sponsorship for Studboy McJones since there was no last name given for the fighter in question. I looked up the lineup card for the fight card and found his name. Since you gave no other information about him, I am not sure why it is in Ranger Up’s best interest to sponsor him. Is Studboy a military veteran? Since we are a veteran-owned company, that’s a big selling point. Does he work with veterans or the military in general? Does he train with any vets or active military personnel in his new gym (see what I did there…I mentioned his new gym because I took the time to research him)? What kind of sponsorship are you looking for? Is this a one-time deal or long term? Shorts? Shirt? Banner? Website? Cost? This is the information a sponsor needs.
At Ranger Up we view a sponsorship like a relationship. We have about 15 fighters that we have sponsored for several years now because they realize it’s a two way street. We want to get behind athletes who love our brand and understand our humor, so w have a core that group does. Has Studboy read our blog? Does he know how radically gun-heavy, right wing, and pro-troop that we are? Is he the same? Would he really want to be sponsored by us? At the moment, you have not convinced me that it is beneficial to my company or Studboy to enter into a partnership together. A one-sentence email that just says “I fight. Sponsor me” is unprofessional and something we just don’t respond well to…in case you couldn’t tell.
RU

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13 Comments

  1. Bryan Matthews (Gunslinger)

    June 29, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    Hello, first I want to thank you for all your support of my fight team, (Team Warfighter). The link is our Facebook page. Whenever we go to a fight we always represent the War Eagle well. I myself wear both the War Eagle and the Gunslinger shirt. I just would like to know what is the procedure to qualify for Team Rhino. I can honestly say we are one of the more feared fight teams in the Lights Out Combat promotion. I hope to be able to represent Ranger Up on a higher team level and national representation.

    I know there have been some fight pics emailed to your company. Please feel free to check out our Facebook Page.

    Thank you for you time

  2. CPL MICHAEL SCHLAGECK

    July 13, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    WHERE DO I START, I FINNALY FOUND A WEBSITE AND A TEAM THAT HAS THE PRIDE AND MODIVATION FOR THIS SPORT LIKE I DO, IVE FOUGHT OUT HERE IN OKINAWA AND HAVE WON ALL 4 OF MY HEAVYWEIGHT BOUTS. I HAVE FOUGHT AT 203 SENCE THERE WASNT A LIGHT HEAVY CLASS. I ALWAYS TRAINED WITH BIGER GUYS AND FELT I COULD REALLY MAKE A NAME FOR MYSELF. THIS IS MY DREAM, A BROTHERHOOD, A FAMILY AND TO BECOME THE BEST IS WHAT I WANT OUT OF MMA. I WANT TO ONE DAY BE IN THE UFC NOT JUST KNOW AS A FIGHTER BUT TO BE THE MOST THRILLING FIGHTER TO WATCH. I KNOW THAT ITS HARD WORK AND ITS JUST NO WALK IN THE PARK IM READY FOR THIS MISSION. IM 73IN 200LBS
    BACKROUND IS KICKBOXING, BOXING, WRESTLER, BJJ. ILL BE IN ARLINGTON VERGINA FOR THE REST OF MY CONTRACT. ITS A NON DEPLOYABLE UNIT SO I HAVE PLENTY OF TIME TO WORK AT IT TO BECOME THE BEST. I WANT TO BE REALL HONEST IVE EMAILED ALOT OF TEAMS AND HAVENT GOT ANYTHING BACK FROM THEM, MY FRIEND IS EFRIN ECADERO HE FIGHT LIGHT WEIGHT IN THE UFC AND HAVENT BEEN ABLE TO TALK TO HIM. IF YOU COULD ATLEAST WRITE ME BACK AND LET ME KNOW EVEN IF ITS JUST A LETDOWN. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

  3. Brett

    August 16, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Oh dear lord, where do *I* start? CPL Schlageck, (or is that how you spell Smith?) I will of course assume that the caps lock is stuck down with your jizz because I am secretly praying that none of your baby-goo has ever landed inside a woman. There are so many things wrong with your comment that I have been forced to respond. (DISCLAIMER: I am in no way associated with RU other than I wear their shit)
    You will never get an RU sponsorship for one simple reason: you don’t represent the greatness that is the military, you represent the pathetically lowered recruiting standards of the last decade and I seriously doubt that RU wants some mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging, asshat like you walking out in their gear. I assume they, like me, would prefer no one ever even know you were in the military because it makes us all look bad. I mean, for fuck sakes, “VERGINA”?! Really? REALLY? Jesus frog-fucking Christ, I want to know how you figured out how to put the correct shaped pegs in to the right holes and managed to get through kindergarten. I mean, didn’t your helmet obstruct your view? However, if your brain is hurting now, simply read simple guideline #2 from above again and just sound it out, you can do it.
    Obviously, before I go, thank you for your service and seriously, please don’t reproduce. I am begging you.
    Regards,
    SGT Awesome

  4. SSG Crazy

    January 26, 2012 at 2:49 am

    He said he has fought in Okinawa. That indicates one of two things either he is a Marine (probably) or he is a Seaman (nuff said). That should explain it. I’m just saying.

  5. Matthew Hamlett

    March 25, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Hi, My name is Matthew. I am a 23 year old former army medic wondering if by chance you would be interested in sponsoring me in competitive pistol shooting.i dont need shirts I already have plenty of your fine products. Looking for perhaps some help buying practice targets and ammunition.

  6. Jarhead

    October 22, 2012 at 4:01 am

    Only sponsored Honorable discharge? What about those who served and ended up getting a General cus of some issues? Exp. Short termed, medical, etc…

  7. Mary

    December 5, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Ok. First off… @SSG. Crazy: We are all brothers and sisters in arms. It doesn’t matter if you’re in the Marines, Army, Navy, Airforce or the Coast Guard. We serve as different parts of the same mission; to serve the people of the United States and to also protect the Constitition from enemies both foreign and domestic. That being said there is a certain level of professionalism expected of all of us, not just some. This is part of what stands us apart from the civilian population.

    Secondly, @ Jarhead: As per the post, Kelly (the author) seems to asks that the candidate in question to have served honorably. This doesn’t seem to disqualify a legit medical discharge. Am I incorrect?

    Finally, going back to the theme of professionalism…. I think it is not only unorthodox , but also, very unpofeasional, to request a sponsorship from a company via a reply to a blog post. There is this wonderful thing called Google. I would try referring back to Google on appropriate ways to contact sponsors.

  8. Just Plain Jason

    January 7, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    What other sports do you sponsor?

  9. J Cheek

    July 16, 2013 at 12:08 am

    I have an athlete I personally know who would make a fine “sponsoree”; a fellow alumni and officer from North Georgia who was on American Ninja Warrior on NBC tonight and smoked the course. Ryan Stratis actually lived a floor below in my barracks, was prior enlisted and commissioned and served in the GA National Guard. I know it’s not MMA, but I imagine you’d have to train like a beast to do the things they do. I’ve included a link to his Facebook page he uses for the ANW stuff. Don’t know that you all have any interest in athletes in other sports, just thought you guys might be interested. Keep up the great work guys.

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ryan-Stratis/118119581616888?id=118119581616888&sk=photos_stream

  10. SSG Thornton

    August 9, 2013 at 10:54 am

    How are you all today? I coach an Infantry fight team in Missouri and my Soldier’s have had alot of success and exposure.We get great support from our unit and do our best to show our respect and gratitude. The reason I am writing obviously is for one of my soldiers to be sponsored in one of the biggest fights we have been blessed to have. Spc. Blake Pool is a very humble, athletic, and gifted fighter, and will be fighting for Bellator in Oct which is great coverage for us and our sponsors. We are Infantry to the core and carry ourselves as such. I appreciate any consideration you give this. here is a video of Spc. pool from april this year he is in the black and gold Army shorts……http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z41rlBjQLqg

  11. SFC Dale Boicourt

    August 14, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Good evening,

    My name is Dale Boicourt I was deployed from 2010 to 2011 with 2nd BDE IBCT “RED BULLS” and when I returned my son wanted to get into the martial arts and this is a little about him. He is 8 years old, Lance Boicourt and has been involved in Muay Thai since 2011 he has had 3 fights for record and 2 smoker fights. He is currently undefeated and looking to fight again in November. He normally has a fight in March and November along with a tournament in June with over 500 fighters (all ages) TBA-SA. He has two belts from the Muay Thai Classic TBA-SA for ages 7-8 super light weight and this year 8-9 age middle weight belt. Do you guys sponsor youth fighters? I didn’t know if you were interested in exspanding to the youth market and looking to sponsor young up and comers. Please let me know if you would be interested. He would be very excited for what ever you would be able to do. I am still active duty for the Iowa Army National Guard 79T (recruiter)and was 13B I have had one fight and I am thinking about doing another one maybe on the same card as my son. However I want this to be about him. He asked me the other day when he is 17 who his recruiter is going to be. lol He is a great kid and we are told from his coaches and teachers that he is a good role model for other students. Thanks again for what ever you all may be able to do.

    Thank you for your time and have a great day.

    Dale Boicourt and Lance Boicourt

    facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lance-Boicourt/113046802194982?ref=hl

    SFC Dale Boicourt
    Iowa Army National Guard
    Camp Dodge, Johnston IA 50131

    ph 515-318-8795

    Name: Lance A. Boicourt
    Age: 8
    Shirt size: Youth Medium
    Short size: Youth Medium

  12. John Jacobs

    October 30, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Thank you in advance for reading my email and your consideration.
    I am a Vietnam Veteran(disabled).
    My late father was a war hero(fought eight major sea battles, survived Pearl Harbor, awarded the Purple Heart.
    I come from an honorable family.
    I need a champion in my corner as I am involved in a claim against a celebrity and company.
    Having very little money, I have had to handle my own legal work pro se.
    This celeb has top notch counsel, yet I am doing ok because the truth only bends one way.
    I may need counsel to handle my appeal.
    The defendant attorney is trying to get my case tossed on statute of limitations.
    They are grasping at straws, I was under when I filed.
    If you would be interested, I can provide you with anything you need to consider helping me.
    I loveMMA and you help sponser veterans.
    Yes, this is different, but it could be a major press for your company on many levels.
    Kindly inform either way, and thank you for your time.

  13. Gabriel Sayeg

    November 15, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Hello my name is Gabriel Sayeg I served in the army for over 8 years as an infantryman with the 101st Air assault division. I am an amateur fighter from Milwaukee, WI. I have been training in mixed martial arts since I was 8 my father taught me karate and have been going strong ever since. I love mixed martial arts. I suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and mixed martial arts has not only been a theraputic tool but it also allows me to focus on something besides the worries of this life. I am a full-time student and work full-time as well and still manage to make time to train. I have a record of 5-3 in the amateur ranks and will be professional within the next year. I love the Ranger up gear as well as what it represents. The name represents struggle on the battlefield and triumph overall. I love the military background and will always adhere to the discipline instilled in me from the military. Thank you for your consideration.

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