Dwayne Johnson's "Project Rock" became an official partner of the UFC in 2022 and today launches a shiny new dual-branded BSR 3 training shoe. Engineered with shock-absorbing cushioning that absorbs explosive shock, these shoes are engineered to propel you from the ground up. M&F takes a closer look.
The Project Rock x UFC BSR 3 is a unisex training shoe that aims to provide comfort in a variety of athletic activities. Particular attention is paid to forefoot flexibility, and while the shoe itself weighs 11oz, Under Armor's patented UA TriBase technology keeps this footwear feeling light by maximizing ground contact and offering natural movement when you need it most. The brand's popular Charged Cushioning® midsole also absorbs shock and converts the returning energy into a responsive shock.
"We're proud to create innovative training shoes worn and inspired by the MMA warriors who compete in the world's greatest sport," Johnson said in an accompanying press release.
What do the Project Rock x UFC Edition training shoes look like?
Official footwear of the Ultimate Fighting Championship brand, these custom BSR 3s take on the black, red and white color scheme of the MMA powerhouse. They're proudly finished with a white UFC logo band attached to the cleat, and the shoe itself combines red, black, and gray to make a strong statement. On the side of the shoe is The Rock's mantra; "Blood, Sweat, Respect" and BSR stickers are located on the back and sole of the shoe. We think they see the deal!
The men's and women's versions ( https://www.underarmour.com/en-us/p/project_rock_collection/womens_project_rock_x_ufc_edition_bsr_3_training_shoes/196883010004.html?dwvar_196883010004_color=004&start=0 ) of the shoe are identical and available in unisex sizes.
Our @UFC ✖️ @ProjectRock partnership is anchored in hard work and legacy.
Work ethic and legacy are the pillars of all @UFC athletes.
The #HardestWorkersInTheRoom define their LEGACY. @ProjectRock is proud to be the Official Footwear Partner of UFC. #ForThoseWhoWalkTheWalk pic.twitter.com/aSNl0Nwnum
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) August 30, 2022
What activities are the Project Rock x UFC BSR 3's suitable for?
The BSR 3's solid rubber sole gives them increased levels of traction and durability, making them ideal for training disciplines that require stability without compromising flexibility. Whether you're rolling on the mat, running on a treadmill, or striving for your CrossFit best, the BSR 3 has a lot to offer. They even perform well underfoot during weightlifting moves like squats and deadlifts, and handle weights in the 400-pound range well. If you're lifting heavier or need extra stretching, the Project Rock 5 workout show might be another great option if you need an upgrade.
“The values and foundation of Project Rock align so well with the values and foundation of UFC and the fighters,” Johnson says. "I always like to say 'I'm the hardest worker in the room,' but the truth is that we're all the hardest workers in the room."
Practically, as is becoming a welcome trend in sneakers, the BSR 3's are versatile enough for everyday wear, making them ideal for both work and play. The BSR 3 also features an updated upper construction, including a bootie-style fit made from lightweight mesh. This offers a sock-like feel for a comfortable feel without making the fit too tight. Simply put, most athletes should have fun using the BSR 3, given that they sit at the budget end of the Project Rock range and retail for just $100 (the PR5s that set you back $150) .
Verdict: A must-have for fans of UFC and The Rock and anyone looking for a solid everyday training shoe. Available now through Under Armor.