RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA – Toyo Tire Canada Inc. announces the sponsorship of UFC® Lightweight fighter, Anthony “Showtime” Pettis as a Team Toyo® Athlete for 2011. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Pettis is a top contender for the UFC Lightweight Championship in 2011 with a solid 11-1-0 record.

The 5-foot 9-inch Pettis fights in the 155 lb. weight class and is a third degree black belt in Taekwondo utilizing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai as additional elements in his fighting style. Pettis will wear the Toyo Tires® logo on his fighting shorts while also promoting the Toyo Tires brand through appearances and additional marketing efforts.

“I am proud to represent Toyo Tires,” said Pettis. “Toyo has always been a major supporter of mixed martial arts and I am honored that they have selected me as an ambassador of their brand.”  

“We are excited to have Anthony Pettis as one of our Team Toyo Athletes for 2011,” said Stan Chen, manager of events and motorsports, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. “Pettis is a great personality in the sport of mixed martial arts and is a top contender for the UFC lightweight championship.”

Pettis will face Clay Guida on June 4, 2011 at The Ultimate Fighter® 13 Finale. To learn more about the full line of products from Toyo Tires, log onto Toyo Tires manufactures and distributes a complete line of replacement tires for high performance cars, luxury vehicles, light trucks and SUVs as well as tires for commercial trucks, buses and off-road and construction applications.

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Toyo Tires® Sponsors UFC® Lightweight Anthony “Showtime” Pettis in 2011