Marshall Inu is a cryptocurrency launched in February 2022 by a crypto developer using the pseudonymous Bryce Paul. It is a cryptocurrency project that first started as a satirical token named after Joe Rogan’s Golden Retriever dog, Marshall, and the name of the breed Shiba Inu.
Marshall Inu has been characterized as a meme coin, however, it has grown into a community project that is helping combat sports athletes. It’s the first project of it’s kind designed to support professional combat sports fighters, either directly or through alternative means such as sponsoring gyms, provide training, help fund medical treatment and training camps.
The Canadian is a multiple-time world champion in the ancient martial art of Lethwei – also referred to as Burmese bareknuckle boxing. ‘The Steel Giraffe’ is the face of the sport and has been hailed for his famed headbutts and general savagery by the likes of former three-time King of Pancrase and UFC Heavyweight Champion Bas Rutten, former UFC Heavyweight Champion Mark Coleman, former UFC Middleweight Champion Frank Shamrock, former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Cung Le and UFC commentator Joe Rogan.
Dave Leduc on the Whitelaw Sport show
Leduc is currently on a break from competition following the birth of his son, and is looking forward to fronting the inaugural MFC show in Slovakia on October 29th. The show is promoted by Slovakian combat sports pioneer Martin “Dynamo” Belak, whom FIGHT SPORTS will be bringing and exclusive interview with later today, Monday September 19th 2022.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with BJPenn.com, Leduc said:
The first event is going to be in the end of October in Brezno, Slovakia. A good little town – so looking to do the face-off’s in front of a old Slovakian castle. We’re looking to cut the ribbon as there’s a lot of neighboring countries like KSW in Poland. There’s a big MMA scene in Europe. So I’m looking to invite a lot of friends and promoters and break bread …establish connections for sharing fighters. The goal with MFC is to have events all around the world. Afterwards we’re looking to go to Latin America.
We just confirmed the epic location for our first #MarshallFC Face-off: The Bojnice Castle, Slovakia 🇸🇰
Preparations are underway, $MRI NFT holders will soon be asked their input on the fight card. The first crypto-based combat sport promotion is about to be born! @WorldwideMFC pic.twitter.com/ergOp0YTIW
— Dave Leduc (@kingleduc) August 25, 2022
Marshall Inu has become synonymous with the combat sports scene in recent months and numerous UFC alumni are in talks to be a part of the show which will feature predominantly MMA fights but also other disciplines. The main event will showcase the first-ever World Lethwei Federation World title fight (160 lb) between Michael Kosik of the legendary Firegym Muay Thai Camp in Slovakia and Daniel Lariviere from Canada.
The show will be funded entirely by crypto, and fans will have an opportunity to decide bonuses for their favorite fighters. Leduc has been following the progress of the token closely and described the impact Marshall Inu has had on the combat sports world since arriving on the scene six months ago:
MRI is a token that’s fighting for fighters.
These guys have given over USD 5 million so far to combat sports athletes around the world. They’ve sponsored Kamaru Usman, Jorge Masvidal, Colby Covington, Aljamain Sterling. Chael Sonnen is also an ambassador.
It really rose to prominence at UFC 272.” said the Canadian. “It was funny because the person holding the microphone was my friend Joe Rogan. And everybody was thanking his dog since the token is named after Marshall Rogan – his Golden Retriever. So everybody was like, what the f*** is happening? …They kept giving money to fighters, helping Kelvin Gastelum with his knee surgery, helping Ian Heinisch with stem cell surgery and now the next big step: MFC.
I had a great time with @joerogan in Los Angeles
The JRE MMA podcast #81 is Live now!
Thanks for the overwhelming support 🙏🏼
The Lethwei Takeover 🔥
— Dave Leduc (@kingleduc) November 1, 2019
Leduc is relishing his role as president of the promotion but is still keen to step back into the ring if the right opportunity presents itself. The 30-year-old has been linked to ONE Championship and BKFC, and has an ongoing feud with Buakaw Banchamek after the Muay Thai legend allegedly priced himself out of a bout against the 6’2 star.
1st #Cryptocurrency-based REAL WORLD COMBAT LEAGUE!
A WORLDWIDE, unionized fight promotion
To become a well-recognized PARTNER of MANY leagues, AND an elite LEAGUE OF OUR OWN:
— Marshall Fighting Championship (@WorldwideMFC) August 21, 2022