Babalu Not Motivated by Belts Anymore; Plans to Move to Different Weight Classes to Pursue Challenging Fights

(Belts? We don’t need no stinking belts.)
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker mentioned in an interview this week that the winner of the December 4 light heavyweight bout between Dan Henderson and Renato Sobral will likely be next in line for a shot at the pr…


(Belts? We don’t need no stinking belts.)

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker mentioned in an interview this week that the winner of the December 4 light heavyweight bout between Dan Henderson and Renato Sobral will likely be next in line for a shot at the promotion’s 205-pound titleholder, Rafael Cavalcante.

Coker’s revelation seems a bit questionable considering Sobral, who defeated Robbie Lawler at a 195-pound catchweight in his last bout hasn’t fought at 205 for the promotion since losing his title to Gegard Mousasi in 2009 and Henderson, who lost to Jake Shields in a title bout in his Strikeforce debut hasn’t fought under the SF banner at that weight at all.

Regardless of whether or not he beats Henderson or earns a shot at his old belt, Babalu says he may not stick around at light heavyweight for long, revealing that he wants to go wherever there are challenging fights.

"I’m looking for challenges now. Belts don’t mean as much to me any more. I want good match-ups. That’s what keeps me motivated to fight. I’d like to fight maybe at heavyweight. It depends. It all depends on the opponents. If you give me good match-ups, I’ll fight at any weight," Babalu tells CagePotato.com. "I can go up and I can go down. If it’s a good bout for me and I say I want to fight that guy, I’ll move to the weight they’re at. I don’t have any preference. It’s not about weight classes; it’s about fighters."

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UFC Heavyweights Pat Barry And Joey Beltran To Meet On Jan. 22nd

A heavyweight matchup has been added to the upcoming January UFC Fight for the Troops 2 event between former K-1 kickboxer Pat Barry (5-2) and Joey “The Mexicutioner” Beltran (12-4).
MMAWeekly.com confirmed the bout with sources close to the fight, but did not find out if the fight would make the television broadcast. It’s safe […]

UFC Fight for the TroopsA heavyweight matchup has been added to the upcoming January UFC Fight for the Troops 2 event between former K-1 kickboxer Pat Barry (5-2) and Joey “The Mexicutioner” Beltran (12-4).

MMAWeekly.com confirmed the bout with sources close to the fight, but did not find out if the fight would make the television broadcast. It’s safe to bet that it will make it onto television.

Barry was submitted by his childhood idol, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic at UFC 115 last June. His last three fights with the UFC put him at 1-2, having lost to the Croatian, TKO’d Antoni Hardonk at UFC 104, and losing to Tim Hague at UFC 98. His TKO win over Hardonk earned Barry both the “Knockout of the Night” and the “Fight of the Night” honors.

Beltrain also enters the bout with a loss on his record, having dropped a unanimous decision to Matt Mitrione at UFC 119, but picking up a “Fight of the Night” award for it. “The Mexicutioner” had won three straight defeating Hague at UFC 113 via unanimous decision, Rolles Gracie at UFC 109 in his promotional debut, and Houston Alexander by TKO at a 5150 Combat League event in January of this year.

MMA Style: The Top 15 MMA Clothing Brands

Who would have thought back in 1993 that a then-unknown martial arts event which featured fighters from different disciplines would lay the groundwork for an industry where if you have decent idea and few bucks lying around, you can start your own MMA-…

Who would have thought back in 1993 that a then-unknown martial arts event which featured fighters from different disciplines would lay the groundwork for an industry where if you have decent idea and few bucks lying around, you can start your own MMA-based company?
Mixed Martial Arts touches so many areas from food to fungus soap, […]

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MMA Style: The Top 15 MMA Clothing Brands

MMAjunkie.com Radio: "Joker" Guymon (in studio), Greg Jackson, prize giveaways

MMAjunkie.com Radio closes out another week of programming by welcoming UFC welterweight Mike “Joker” Guymon and famed trainer and budding author Greg Jackson to the show.

Guymon joins the crew in-studio to discuss the latest happenings in his career….

MMAjunkie.com Radio closes out another week of programming by welcoming UFC welterweight Mike “Joker” Guymon and famed trainer and budding author Greg Jackson to the show.

Guymon joins the crew in-studio to discuss the latest happenings in his career. Meanwhile, Jackson calls in to discuss his latest book release, “Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts: The Ground Game.” The guys will also have copies of “EA Sports MMA” and autographed copies of Brian Stann’s “Heart for the Fight” to give away.

MMAjunkie.com Radio airs from 12-2 p.m. ET (9-11 a.m. PT) live from the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino’s Race & Sports Book. Listen to and watch a video stream of the two-hour show at www.mmajunkie.com/radio.


UFC 123 Interviews With “Rampage” Jackson & Lyoto Machida

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson
Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida
UFC 123: Rampage vs. Machida takes place on Nov. 20th at The Palace of Auburn Hills in the Detroit suburb of Auburn Hills, Michigan.

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Quinton “Rampage” Jackson

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Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida

UFC 123: Rampage vs. Machida takes place on Nov. 20th at The Palace of Auburn Hills in the Detroit suburb of Auburn Hills, Michigan.

The Josh Koscheck Apology You Didn’t Get to See on ‘TUF 12’…

Compared to TUF 12 good-guy Georges St. Pierre, Josh Koscheck certainly comes off as an asshole bully with the maturity of a fourth-grader. But as with all reality shows, there’s some creative editing involved to make the villain look even worse than he (or she) really is. What we saw on Wednesday night’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter was Koscheck physically assaulting Brad Tate, then making snarky comments instead of actually apologizing. It turns out that a lot of important footage landed on the cutting room floor.

In the video above, we see that Brad Tate wasn’t just taunting Kos — he was also mocking the accents of the yellow-team Armenians. The fact that Tate was attacking his guys was what really set Josh off. Koscheck actually does make a heartfelt one-on-one apology to Brad, which ends with their beef getting thoroughly squashed. Before that even happens, Kos advises his team not to start any more trouble with Tate: "When you see him tomorrow, don’t say one word. Kill ’em with kindness. Let me stand up for you guys. Let me look like the bad guy." It’s a moment that would have swayed sympathy toward Koscheck if it were included in the episode — unfortunately, it wouldn’t have fit into the show’s perfect Kos-as-heel narrative.

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Compared to TUF 12 good-guy Georges St. Pierre, Josh Koscheck certainly comes off as an asshole bully with the maturity of a fourth-grader. But as with all reality shows, there’s some creative editing involved to make the villain look even worse than he (or she) really is. What we saw on Wednesday night’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter was Koscheck physically assaulting Brad Tate, then making snarky comments instead of actually apologizing. It turns out that a lot of important footage landed on the cutting room floor.

In the video above, we see that Brad Tate wasn’t just taunting Kos — he was also mocking the accents of the yellow-team Armenians. The fact that Tate was attacking his guys was what really set Josh off. Koscheck actually does make a heartfelt one-on-one apology to Brad, which ends with their beef getting thoroughly squashed. Before that even happens, Kos advises his team not to start any more trouble with Tate: "When you see him tomorrow, don’t say one word. Kill ’em with kindness. Let me stand up for you guys. Let me look like the bad guy." It’s a moment that would have swayed sympathy toward Koscheck if it were included in the episode — unfortunately, it wouldn’t have fit into the show’s perfect Kos-as-heel narrative.