Ken Pavia sent along the following:
MMAagents.com Signs Babalu, Cyrille Diabate, James Thompson, Carlo Prater, Carmelo Marerro and Todd Moore
MMAagents is proud to announce the addition of six elite athletes to our current roster of fighters. With the addition of Renato “Babalu” Sobral, Cyrille “Snake” Diabate, James “Colossus” Thompson, Carlo Prater, Carmelo “The Fury” Marerro and Todd Moore, the MMAagents roster grows to 47 fighters, including 37 current or former Zuffa and Pride fighters.
A nine time UFC veteran, Renato “Babalu” Sobral holds noteable wins over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua”, Trevor Prangley, Jeremy Horn, Maurice Smith, Travis Wuiff, Chael Sonnen, and most recently David Heath. Never one to back down from a challenge, or shy away from an opponent, Babalu was recently granted free agency status and seeks to bring his heavy hands and ground game to an organization where he can pursue a title opportunity. A native of Brazil , Babalu has a US work visa, but is also interested in fighting abroad in the 205 weight class.
Cyrille “Snake” Diabate is a highly decorated, Muay Thai world champion who has shown slick ground skills in recent fights as well. Snake is a Pride veteran who answered the call to fight Shogun and gave him everything he could handle. At 6’6″ he is an imposing figure for anyone that is matched up against him in the 205 weight class. Look for Diabate to bring his game and vicious stand-up skills to the US in the near future.
A look in the Wikipedia under “imposing figure” may well turn up a picture of former debt collector James “Colossus” Thompson. Colossus sported a 5-2 record in Pride and has notable wins over Dan Severn, Hidehiko Yoshida, and Don Frye. At 6’5″ and a jacked 260lbs of intensity, Thompson always brings it from the opening bell, and is not afraid to stand and bang. Colossus has moved from his native England to Las Vegas where he has rededicated himself to train at Extreme Couture. Look for appearances on the domestic as well as international stages.
With a 21-4-1 record and notable wins over Melvin Guillard (first round sub), Spencer Fisher, Carlos Condit (first round sub), and Thomas Schulte, Carlo Prater may be the best Welterweight that the mainstream fans have not heard. However, with his eyes set on a title shot in the near future, Carlo Prater will soon be a household name in the MMA community. Carlo splits his time training in Brazil and Texas and has dual citizenship. Look for him to challenge for a belt in an organization that dare expose their champ. Prater is a bad bad man.
Who handed Cheick Kongo his only loss in 5 fights in the UFC? That would be Carmelo “The Fury” Marerro. Bringing a solid wrestling base and improved striking skills to the cage, a three time UFC veteran, The Fury just relocated to Florida where he is now taking his game to a new level at American Top Team. With a new found team to match his unparalled dedication, drive, and willingness to sacrifice, Marrero looks to make his mark in the Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight classes.
The question of just how good is Todd Moore will soon be answered. Todd brings his unblemished 9-0 record out of Texas were he fights under the watchful eye of trainer to multiple World Champions Sol Soliz. He now looks to test his skill on the national level in the 170 division. Todd is an exciting well rounded fighter but prefers to stand and trade giving the crowd what they pay to see. Don’t doubt Todd Moore, nine guys have already made that mistake. Look for Todd in his WEC debut December 9th.
Also look for the grand opening of the new MMAagents.com website due to open October 3rd.
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