Tequila CAZADORES Presents the Fifth Authentic Spirit Award to Honor UFC Fighter Nate Marquardt

nate-marquardtTequila CAZADORES , the number-one premium tequila in the world (1) and Official Spirits Sponsor of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC ), today announced the fifth recipient of the Tequila CAZADORES Authentic Spirit Award. Middleweight UFC fighter Nate Marquardt will receive this honor. Best known for his association with Greg Jackson’s Gaidojutsu mixed martial arts team, Marquardt is committed to social responsibility and the support and promotion of vital charitable efforts.

Nate Marquardt graciously serves as a spokesmodel and avid supporter of the Sharon Antcliff Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide young-onset Alzheimer’s caregivers with the tools they need to effectively care for their loved one, while raising national awareness for this rare form of disease. Right now, there are roughly 500,000 families in the United States fighting against young-onset Alzheimer’s disease (YOAD), a rare disease that can strike those in their 30s or 40s. As spokesmodel for the Sharon Antcliff Foundation Warriors program, Marquardt and other supporters provide donations, hold private events and auctions and assist in providing support for families who are fighting a battle against YOAD. As winner of the Authentic Spirit Award, Tequila CAZADORES will present Marquardt with an Authentic Spirit Award plaque and $1,000 donation made to the Sharon Antcliff Foundation.

“Nate Marquardt has shown tremendous support and dedication for the Sharon Antcliff Foundation Warrior program,” said Ariel Meyer, vice president and brand managing director, Tequila CAZADORES. “As winner of this fifth award, he represents the commitment that is needed to raise awareness and support for important causes such as young-onset Alzheimer’s disease and other new non-profit organizations.”

The Authentic Spirit Award is an honor presented to the UFC fighter who best exemplifies one of the following qualities: social responsibility, commitment to the MMA art form, or good sportsmanship. Each month the winning fighter is presented with a plaque and a $1,000 check from Tequila CAZADORES to the fighter’s charity of choice. These monthly awards will culminate with a larger award presented to the fighter who best exemplifies all the qualities over the course of the year. A $10,000 check from Tequila CAZADORES will be presented to this annual winner with the full proceeds benefiting the fighter’s charity of choice.

Tequila CAZADORES is the Official Spirit Sponsor of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC ) through March 2010. UFC is the world’s leading professional mixed martial arts organization (MMA) that offers a premier series of MMA sporting events. The sponsorship will introduce the authentic experience and taste of Tequila CAZADORES to UFC adult fans (21+) around the world.

Handcrafted in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico, the premier agave growing region, Tequila CAZADORES is an authentic 100% agave tequila deeply rooted in heritage. This makes it the best way to salute the authentic spirit of the UFC contenders.