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MMA Booking Alert: Pat Barry, Miguel Torres, Ken Shamrock + More


(Damn, Anthony, if you can’t get psyched around this crowd, we don’t know what to tell you.)

One day, mankind will realize that fighting is a counter-productive act, leading to only misery and division. Until then…

— Returning from his painful loss to Mirko Cro Cop in June, UFC heavyweight Pat Barry will step back into the Octagon against Joey "The Mexicutioner" Beltran at UFC Fight for the Troops 2. Beltran is also looking to get back to the W column, having dropped a decision to Matt Mitrione at UFC 119.

— Former WEC bantamweight champ Miguel Torres continues his path back to contendership against Antonio Banuelos at UFC 126 in February. Torres recently snapped a two-fight losing skid by choking at Charlie Valencia at WEC 51. Banuelos outpointed Chad George at the same event, and has won four of his last five.


— Ivan Menjivar, who returned from a three-and-a-half year hiatus in June to defeat Aaron Miller at W-1: Judgment Day, has been signed by Zuffa and will make his debut as a bantamweight against Brad Pickett at WEC 53. Menjivar made a sole appearance in the Octagon at UFC 48 in 2004, losing a decision to Matt Serra. His ten-year career also includes wins over Joe Lauzon and Jeff Curran, and losses to Georges St. Pierre, Urijah Faber, and Caol Uno. Pickett had a nine-fight win streak snapped in August when he dropped a decision to Scott Jorgensen.

— A battle between DREAM welterweight champion Marius Zaromskis and Waachiim Spiritwolf been set as a late addition to the next Strikeforce Challengers card, November 19th in Jackson, Missouri. Zaromskis has already lost his first two Strikeforce appearances this year to Nick Diaz and Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos, both by first-round TKO. Spiritwolf is also on a two-fight skid, and lost his Strikeforce Challengers debut to Billy Evangelista in October. 

— And finally, UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock, riding high off his decision victory over Jonathan Ivey last month, will face 9-16-1 double-armbar victim Mike Bourke in the main event of King of the Cage’s first event in Africa, later this month. KOTC: Platinum goes down November 25th at the Durban International Convention Centre in Durban, South Africa. Bourke has gone 1-8 with 1 no-contest in his last ten appearances, while Shamrock has been a far more impressive 3-7 in his last ten attempts, including his wins over Ivey, Ross Clifton last year, and Kimo Leopoldo back in 2004.

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stopdrinkingpee- November 10, 2010 at 12:11 am
Rumble (supposed WW) is clearly bigger than Pat Barry (supposed HW). Shouldn't they both be fighting at 205?
ashkenaziTROLL- November 6, 2010 at 12:39 pm
how the fuck does a.j. make 170?
ghostboner- November 5, 2010 at 1:34 pm
@Rwilson - Well said mate. Well said. About the huge bitches, and that bitches bum.
Mr_Misanthropy- November 5, 2010 at 12:19 pm
Torres should stop choking at Valencia. It's not polite.
Lysol- November 5, 2010 at 12:04 pm
No, I will NOT be watching or writing about Shamrock/Bourke.
RwilsonR- November 5, 2010 at 10:23 am
@ Viva - I don't know... it is hard to tell from this angle. Maybe Pat can turn her around and show us the backside so we can check if it is her.
Sakuraba3900- November 5, 2010 at 9:24 am
Shammy takes it via double heel hook
SouthAfricanMMA- November 5, 2010 at 9:12 am
Shamrock finally competing on SA soil. Pity it's 15 plus years too late!
Viva Hate- November 5, 2010 at 9:11 am
Wasn't that chick crushing watermelons yesterday?
RwilsonR- November 5, 2010 at 8:32 am
@ Smitty - "He's only missed makin that weight once (maybe twice)."

Sorry man, but that is way too much. That motherfucker looks absolutely huge in that picture! If you are going to use size as your advantage, that's fine, but you damn well better be able to be professional and make that cut. And I don't buy the excuses of guys like Johnson and Alves about how they get an ankle injury or something the week of the fight. Fine. If size is one of your biggest attributes, then you should plan for some problems in the cut and be that much closer to being on weight the week of the fight. It is absolute BS, and it is just another way of cheating if they miss weight.

It sucks for the opponent, too, since they would look like pussies if they backed out when one of these assholes misses weight, and the UFC wouldn't look too kindly on it. If you miss weight like that, you should not get the W. You should only be able to fight for your show money, and that is the only reward you get out of it. The best they should be able to get on their records is a draw. If you want to come in huge,that's fine, but if you miss, that is cheating, plain and simple.
danomite- November 5, 2010 at 8:32 am
Flagged as spam?! all i said was that it looks like pat barry is giving the shocker with his broken hand
LordCoSaX- November 5, 2010 at 8:21 am
Gawd, Pat Barry looks like a fucking child next to AJ. I bet this guy would be much more competitive at LHW than at WW.
Dan The Viking- November 5, 2010 at 7:41 am
That chick has bigger thighs than '05 Crocop.
Smitty- November 5, 2010 at 7:30 am
Ah man!!! Yall had me all excited to see Anthony Johnson fight.
@ Loki
Yeah, he can still make it. He was cutting 50 lbs or more to get down to 170. He was walkin around at about 220. It's a big weight cut, but that's what he was doin. He's only missed makin that weight once (maybe twice).
thebassmaster- November 5, 2010 at 7:16 am
yeah i'd say its a bit of a gimme fight for Barry, but I'm still up for watching the beatdown
LOKI- November 5, 2010 at 7:15 am
CROM Anthony Johnson is a huge bitch now! Looks like Brett Rogers. No way he even makes MW again.
agentsmith- November 5, 2010 at 7:07 am
Beltran should be a pretty easy fight for Barry. If Meathead can out-strike him, Barry should tear him apart.
Videodrome_NOW- November 5, 2010 at 6:55 am
I wish my name was Spiritwolf.
GILL-uh-TEEN- November 5, 2010 at 6:47 am
I'm starting to think Ken Shamrock likes rolling around with younger men way too much... Clearly he isn't interested in fighting...
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