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March 28, 2011

Featured Fighter: Barrington "Rude Boy" Douse

I asked western Mass fighter Barrington "Rude Boy" Douse a few questions about his life and mma carreer. In less than a weeks time, B will be stepping into the cage for Cage Titans MMA  for the 135lb title against New England’s #2 ranked Tateki Matsuda from Sityodtong Boston. He was kind enough to take a break from training and tell us a little bit about himself.

Barrington started fighting about four years ago after attending a local show. He saw a few guys in the cage that were his size, and he though he'd fare well against them. With no management for direction, he was fighting about two months later. Like many fighters who started around the same time, he instantly went pro, forever relinquishing his option to fight as an amateur.

Although B had wrestled for a couple years in highschool, (wrestling at 112-119) and was very athletic and in decent shape, he soon found he wasn't ready technically to be a pro. He lost his first several fights, but proved to be a tough opponent, who would fight anyone, at anytime. Things began to change shortly after he joined American Fight Team/ Gladiator BJJ.

With new direction, and a better training regiment, Rude Boy began to show his true abillities inside the cage. He was tasting victory and hasn't looked back. His record tells the tale, at 7-9. Since being with his current team, his record is 6-3. He is currently the 10th ranked bantam weight in New England, and is fighting for the Cage Titans bantam weight strap on Friday April 1 in Boston Ma.

Barrington is an all around fighter, but he says he prefers to stand. He has shown that he can fight the fight where ever it goes, and training with BJJ black belt and fellow pro mma fighter Gabriel "Gladiator" Santos, he's also very comfortable and capable on the ground. In the upcoming title fight, Barrington said he thinks Tateki is a good fighter, and a "tough dude", but he feels he shouldn't be much of a problem. B feels the fight should end early, with a 1st or 2nd round KO or TKO, and Rude Boy getting his hand raised.

Barrington knows his early mishaps in the sport can and will make it harder for him to reach the "big shows", but with a big win over the #2 ranked fighter in Matsuda on Friday, he'll be one step closer. If and when he takes out all of the ranked guys from New England, his achievments will far outweigh the early blemishes on his record, and he will reach his goal of fighting in " the bigger shows". "The 9-5 is not for me", Barrington wrote, "I love fighting", and Friday he'll do just that, and hopefully walk away with a shiney new Cage Titans championship belt!

Barrington would like to thank his team, AFT/Gladiator BJJ, his coaches, and his sponsors, Need2Bleed, and Battle Ground MMA. WMMMA and myself would like to thank Barrington for his time, and we wish him the best of luck in his upcoming fight!! We'll be there covering the event, and cheering you on!!

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