Fifth Round Clothing was founded in 2008 by Richard de Ocio and Jeremy Irwin. They have gained notable recognition by sponsoring local MMA fighters and being featured at local events such as Rick Collup’s Ultimate Reno Combat Series and Matt McGovern’s Fight Republic as well as other events such as Bellator and TuffN’Uff.
Fifth round is definitely a fixture on the local MMA scene in Reno, but the owners are looking at nationwide, if not world wide expansion. In addition to running Fifth Round, Jeremy Irwin provides color commentary on the DVD’s and on gofightLive.com for the Ultimate Reno Combat Events, as the fights unfold.
joltleft.com took some time out to talk with Jeremy Irwin of Fifth Round.
joltleft.com: How long have you been in business?
Jeremy: We’ve been in business 2.5 years
joltleft.com: What got you started in the business?
Jeremy: Richard and I have been fans since the early days of the UFC and we found ourselves at a Strikeforce event a few years ago and sat pretty close to the cage and decided that we wanted to be a part of it. We wanted to get into the business somehow and we started training and we always wanted to make our own clothing, but had not found a niche, we found it that day.
joltleft.com: What kind of clothing do you make?
Jeremy: We make T-shirts, hoodies, tank tops, and other garments and we distribute MMA Gear like Clinchgear, Revgear, Jocko, etc. We just do that with the gear aspect as we don’t make any gear, ourselves. We have gotten involved with Brazilian Fighters and Fight Teams, getting their shorts and shirts for them into the States so they don’t have to travel with it into the country. We ship it to them anywhere they need it and put our logo on there, too.
joltleft.com: Any ideas on making your own gear?
Jeremy: It’s a possibility, we’ve had good luck with Clinch Gear’s head gear, we’re looking into making our own mouthpieces and fight shorts.
joltleft.com: All your clothing is made in America?
Jeremy: Yes, right here in Reno, Nevada.
joltleft.com: Where did you get the idea for the name?
Jeremy: We kicked around a few names, but found most of the good ones were taken. Then we were watching UFC and the Fifth Round was the Championship Round, so we went with it. With all the non-title fights in UFC going to 5 rounds in October, I think we made a pretty good decision.
joltleft.com: What fighters are you sponsoring right now?
Jeremy: We are sponsoring Zoila Gurgel, Bellator 115 Women’s Champ; EJ Brooks out of Chicago, Patricio Pitbull Freire; and Rhonda Rousey on the Pro side. We sponsor a lot of amateurs, too like D-Lo Heavilin, and we sponsored Tay Stratford throughout her Amateur Career.
joltleft.com:Are there any fighters you would like to sponsor in the future?
Jeremy: We’d love to get someone on a main card for Strikeforce or UFC; we’re working with a lot of up-and-coming fighters, like Scott Rosa who is turning pro.
joltleft.com: Do you guys train in MMA?
Jeremy: I train at Reno Academy of Combat under Rick Collup. Richard trains at various other places: Freestyle, Nevada MMA, and a few other places to check out the other gyms.
joltleft.com: Where do you see yourselves in the next 2 and a half years?
Jeremy: In malls. We have clothes in various Boutiques and Gyms, but MMA Clothing is getting popular in places like Spencer’s, Hot Topic, and Pacific Sunwear. We’d like to keep shopping our brand and getting our name out there, but ultimately we want to be in the bigger department stores in malls, nationwide.
For more information check out http://www.fifthroundclothing.com/