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Tapout (TV series)

Tapout is an American reality television series that focuses on the world of mixed martial arts. The series premiered on Versus, which is now NBC Sports Network, on June 3, 2007, before moving to its regular Wednesday night timeslot beginning June 6. The series follows "Mask" (real name Charles Lewis, Jr.), " Punkass" (real name Dan Caldwell) and " SkySkrape" (real name Tim Katz), of the TapouT clothing and gear line, as they travel around the country in search of promising MMA fighters to develop and possibly sponsor. Each episode follows the training and development of one fighter, culminating in a fight at a professional MMA event.

As the series progressed the focus broadened to encompass not just the scouting of new talent but also the efforts of the TapouT crew to build their business, including day-to-day operations and the inter-relationships between the crew members and other TapouT employees.

On March 11, 2009, Charles "Mask" Lewis was killed in an automobile accident in Newport Beach, California. A female companion was ejected from the car and taken for medical treatment but Lewis was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of a second car, believed to have been traveling alongside Lewis's car, was arrested on charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.

Tapout (song)

"Tapout" is a song by American hip hop group Rich Gang featuring rappers Lil Wayne, Birdman, Mack Maine, Nicki Minaj and Future. The song was the first single off of the YMCMB compilation album, Rich Gang. The song was produced by Southside & TM88 of 808 Mafia and co-produced by Detail. It also features uncredited vocals from its co-producer, Noel "Detail" Fisher. The song was premiered on March 12, 2013, and was available for digital download on March 19. The song has since peaked at #44 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Tapout (clothing brand)

Tapout is an American multinational corporation that designs and manufactures sports clothing, casual apparel and accessories headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland. It is one of the largest sportswear manufacturers in the United States, and one of the biggest in the world.

Tapout was registered in 1997 in San Bernardino County, California, by Charles Lewis, Jr., Dan Caldwell and Tim Katz. The company was founded after the trio began selling mixed martial arts clothing from the back of their Ford Mustang. Selling the merchandise during a period where MMA solely reached a niche market, Lewis, Caldwell and Katz branded the company around the sport, distributing the merchandise in cities where the sport was prevalent. However, following the growing popularity of mixed martial arts in the United States, and its later nationwide mainstream acceptance, the company became the largest MMA-related merchandise company in the world, accruing revenues of over $22.5 million.

In March 2015, the company was relaunched following its joint-ventured acquisition by entertainment company WWE, and development firm Authentic Brands Group. The venture saw the former MMA-related brand transformed into a more general "lifestyle fitness" one. The apparel, for men and women, is expected to be released in spring of 2016. Throughout 2015, WWE marketed the brand through various products, including beverages, supplements and gyms. WWE will hold a 50% stake in the brand, and so will advertise it regularly across all its platforms, hoping to give it one billion impressions a month, and attempting to rival sports-clothing giant, Under Armour. All employees and students of the WWE Performance Center will also wear the clothing.