Tanko are proud to announce new ambassadors to their ranks, strengthening the team with two genuine, skilled athletes who represent all of the same qualities the brand stands for.
Fighting out of Liverpool’s MMA Academy, both Lawrence Fitzpatrick and Aaron Aby are well known to fans both in the North West, and further afield.
Fitzpatrick (5-0) garnered his highest-profile victory to date when he headlined Tanko Fighting Championships 3 against Pride FC veteran, Charles Bennett. After an exciting 4:42 of action, Fitzpatrick’s non-stop attacks led to a submission victory to claim a huge scalp.
Not only is his submission game to be feared, but he is also a renowned striker who is only just beginning to show us the early signs of what he can achieve. After having 5 years away from the cage, many would never have returned, but it is a testament to his determination that he has put himself straight back into the mix since his return.
“We’re delighted to have Lawrence Fitzpatrick on board as a Tanko Ambassador,” said Tanko’s Carl Prince. “Lawrence has pinpoint striking and is vicious when he smells blood. Outside of the competition, you couldn’t meet a more humble fella and he embodies everything Tanko is about.”
Aby (8-3) remains one of the most prominent names on the domestic circuit at both 125lbs and 135lbs, amassing an impressive record in his 11 outings as a professional since 2013. He has faced off against some of the division’s top competitors, showing skill, durability, and heart against the odds.
Born with Cystic Fibrosis, he continues to inspire others with his ‘Fighting to Breathe’ campaign, showing that you can achieve great things athletically, no matter what barriers are in your way.
“If there’s a harder working athlete than Aaron Aby, we’d like them on board with us too,” said Prince. “A consummate professional who manages his own training alongside running two gyms and kicking Cystic Fibrosis’ rear end. A true inspiration to all and a fantastic addition!”
With the ever-expanding remit of the Tanko brand, it is vital that they bring in the right athletes that align with their ethos. Both of these fighters do that perfectly, and it is exciting to see what they can achieve when working in partnership with a company that holds the same values.