SOURCE: Respect Your Universe, Inc.

Respect Your Universe, Inc.

May 18, 2012 09:30 ET

Josh Thomson to Represent RYU at Strikeforce

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - May 18, 2012) - Today, Respect Your Universe, Inc. (RYU) (OTCBB: RYUN),, is pleased to announce that on Saturday, May 19th Josh Thomson will be representing RYU at Strikeforce as the Co-Main Event of Barnett vs. Cormier. Getting underway at 7:00 p.m. PDT against Gilbert Melendez, Thomson is a former Strikeforce Lightweight Champion and holds a 19-4-0 win/loss/draw Martial Arts record.

Thomson, who will be wearing head-to-toe RYU apparel at Strikeforce on Saturday, is an American Mixed Martial Arts fighter currently training with the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA). Thomson has also fought in Japan's PRIDE Fighting Championships and with the UFC as well as the World Fighting Alliance.

"It is an honor to wear RYU for my third fight against Melendez," said Josh Thomson. "I love the gear and what RYU represents. Thank you RYU for your support."

For the weigh-ins on Friday, Thomson will be wearing the Grey Warrior Hoody and Pants, Black Tanto Compression Shorts and White Universe Beanie. On Saturday night fight, Thomson will be showcasing the Red Wakizashi Performance Shorts by RYU (containing their patent-pending waist closure technology with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office) designed specifically to enhance the overall performance of Martial Artists while keeping them comfortable at the same time. The corners will wear the Red RYU Signature T-Shirt and White Signature Cap.

"I have seen Josh train at AKA on several occasions, he is a beast in the gym and is ready for the third match up with Gilbert Melendez," commented RYU Brand Ambassador, Rocky Bice. "Melendez is a great fighter; this will be a battle for sure! I am proud to have RYU representing one of the two warriors."

Inspired by the dedication of the athlete to the one-thousand-year-old sport of Martial Arts, RYU's debut premium performance Men's Spring Line embodies the art of the sport and places emphasis on respect, strength, honor and sustainability as the foundation of their apparel and products. Items now available from the Men's Spring line include compression tops and shorts, fleece pants and hoodies, wind and track jackets, t-shirts and various accessories such as duffle bags and headwear items. In addition to this, RYU also released their performance shorts and training pants designed specifically to enhance the overall performance of Martial Artists while keeping them comfortable at the same time.

All of the RYU apparel items and products have been produced from organic and/or recycled materials utilizing some of the best yarn and fabric suppliers in the world while achieving the performance attributes desired by Martial Arts fighters and the true everyday athlete.

For more information on RYU visit or call +1-888-455-6183 ext. 101.

About Respect Your Universe
Respect Your Universe, Inc. (OTCBB: RYUN) is a premium performance apparel and equipment company rooted in and inspired by Mixed Martial Arts. Focused on the needs of the athlete, RYU brings innovative design, development and production of premium authentic performance gear with style to mixed martial artists and athlete enthusiasts worldwide. The RYU brand is based on respect, strength, honor and sustainability.

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