Brandon Ballou Team Straight Up

Team: Straight Up

Date of Birth: December 30, 1997

Style: Tae Kwon Do, Kickboxing

Specialty: Point Fighting

Hometown: Attleboro, MA

Location: Seekonk, MA

Experience: 17 Years

Leagues: NASKA, WAKO, KRANE

Brandon Ballou is a strong point fighting contender who is a threat in any division and serves as a key player in Team Straight Up's team fighting line up. He has trained under coach Joe Greenhalgh since he was very young, and Greenhalgh has even stated that Ballou is like a second son to him. When he was in the youth division, he was a solid weapons competitor who performed a bo routine with power and creativity reminiscent of the great Joey Greenhalgh (Joe's biological son). Today, Ballou has crafted a reputation as one of the toughest fighters on the NASKA world tour.

Ballou's grit and talent have earned him a heavyweight overall grand championship at the Quebec Open, an open weight title at the large regional tournament Queen of New York, and numerous championships in the northeast's largest sport karate league, KRANE. Aside from martial arts, he owns and operates a successful automotive service center with his father.

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The UFC returned to American network television for the first time in more than two years Saturday on ABC while former featherweight champion Max Holloway returned to his winning ways following two straight losses, earning a unanimous decision over Calvin Kattar in Abu Dhabi. Holloway showed he still has plenty left as a fighter dominating Kattar from the opening bell of the main event with a mix of punches and low kicks.

It appeared as if the former champion might stop his opponent in the fourth round landing a series of vicious body blows followed by hard elbows to the head as a bloodied Kattar sagged against the fence. But Kattar somehow survived managing to keep himself upright through the fifth stanza as well, only to lose a lopsided decision. After dropping his title to Alexander Volkanovski and then losing a controversial rematch, Holloway may have put himself in position for one more crack at the championship following Saturday's impressive performance.

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