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New HawkGrips-sponsored athlete Chito Vera will battle Douglas Silva de Andrade at the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Fight Night 125 event on Feb. 3. Vera is a native of Ecuador who competes as a mixed martial artist (MMA) in the bantamweight division of UFC. He credits HawkGrips for making a great impact on his ability to both recover from injury and tackle intensive training sessions day after day.

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HawkGrips-sponsored athlete Chito Vera (left) will battle Douglas Silva de Andrade at UFC Fight Night 125.

“We are proud to announce our partnership with HawkGrips,” said Manager Jacob Parga of Iridium Sports Agency, which represents Vera. “We have found HawkGrips instruments to be essential for the recovery of all our athletes, and we couldn’t be more grateful that so many clinicians we work with are now able to utilize these amazing products. We believe that not only athletes can benefit from HawkGrips, but anyone else who wants to help their body recover. From the team at Iridium Sports Agency, thank you to everyone at HawkGrips!”

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“HawkGrips is excited to partner with Iridium Sports Agency and proud to be in the corner of a great UFC fighter like Chito Vera,” added HawkGrips Founder and CEO Frank X. Osborne. “HawkGrips is the premier brand in instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, so it’s important for us to build relationships with premier athletes like Chito. We wish him great success and look forward to the big fight on Feb. 3!”

The 25-year-old Vera made his professional debut in 2012 and became a cast member of “The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America” television show in 2014. He debuted in the UFC that same year and has compiled a 10-4-1 record. Vera will be taking on an excellent opponent in the 32-year-old Silva de Andrade, who has won 24 matches against just 2 defeats and will be competing in his native Brazil at UFC Fight Night 125. The fight card starts at 6:30 p.m. EST on Feb. 3 and will be televised by Fox Sports 1. From all of us at HawkGrips, good luck Chito!

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