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In 90 Day Fiancé Season 9, Biniyam ‘Bini’ Shibre tells his fiancée, Ariela’ Ari’ Weinberg, that now that he’s in the United States, he wants to pursue his dream of becoming an MMA fighter. While Ariela isn’t too keen on training over four hours a day, she’s doing everything to support his passion. Does Biniyam become a UFC fighter? Here’s everything we know about the 90 Day Fiancé star’s MMA fighting career.

Ariela Weinberg and Biniyam Shibre standing in a MMA ring on '90 Day Fiancé' Season 9.
Ariela Weinberg and Biniyam Shibre, ’90 Day Fiancé’ Season 9 | TLC

Biniyam Shibre’s dream is to become a MMA fighter

On the June 5 episode of 90 Day Fiancé Season 9, it’s a few weeks after their big move from Ethiopia to Princeton, New Jersey. Now that Biniyam is getting a taste of American life, he wants to pursue his dream of becoming a professional MMA fighter.

Back in Ethiopia, Biniyam had made careers out of his many talents. On top of being a performer and dancer, he also worked as a personal trainer. He has also made money as a DJ and musician. The multifaceted athlete, musician, and dancer is now ready to begin training and get serious about MMA fighting in the hopes of becoming a UFC fighter.

Biniyam Shibre is MMA fighter ‘Babycool’

So how is Biniyam’s MMA fighting career going? It’s been over a year since 90 Day Fiancé Season 9 was filmed Biniyam’s career is taking off. According to the stats found on Tapology, Bini is fighting under the name ‘Babycool’ in the “Featherweight” weight class.

Biniyam 'Babycool' Shibre getting ready to do MMA fighting at a gym in Princeton, New Jersey on '90 Day Fiancé' Season 9 on TLC.
Biniyam ‘Bini’ Shibre, ’90 Day Fiancé’ Season 9 | TLC

According to the site, Biniyam has won both of the two fights he’s had so far. His last fight was on August 13, 2021, in New York at the Flex Fight MMA event. Before that, his first MMA fight was for Revolution Combat Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in the featherweight category, in which he won by TKO (technical knockout).

Biniyam’s fighting background

As fans know, Biniyam, AKA Babycool, fought while he was in Ethiopia. According to his bio, Biniyam began fighting at an early age. His biography explains, “Biniyam ‘Baby’ Shibre was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He showed early athletic ability and was encouraged by his late father to begin martial arts at a young age.”


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It continues, “However, his athletic ability is not limited to one sport. He has competed in bodybuilding. He also remains active in Circus training which combines acrobatics, gymnastics, and performance art.”

His bio reads, “He has fought as a kickboxer in Ethiopia three times. He is a member of United Africa MMA, a federation working on bringing the sport to a wider audience in East Africa.”

While Ariela may not be the happiest about Biniyam training for over four hours a day at a gym that takes almost an hour to travel to, all of the dedication is paying off. Perhaps Biniyam will achieve his dream of becoming a professional MMA fighter after all. Audiences can continue watching more of Biniyam’s journey to the ring and down the aisle in season 9.

90 Day Fiancé Season 9 airs Sundays at 8 pm EST on TLC.