“Babalu” expected to face Mousasi at “Affliction: Trilogy”

PRO MMA (promma.info) was notified Monday morning from sources at M-1 Global that current Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Renato “Babalu” Sobral (32-8) is expected to face former DREAM Middleweight Champion Gegard Mousasi (25-2-1) at “Affliction: Trilogy” which will take place on August 1st at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

Originally, a fight between former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort (18-8) and Mousasi had been in the works. However, disagreements between the two camps on what weight the fight would take place prevented the match up.

A formal announcement regarding the Sobral vs. Mousasi bout is expected to take place Wednesday June 3rd at the “Affliction: Trilogy” press conference at Trump Tower in New York City. Both Mousasi and Sobral’s name appear on the official “Trilogy” poster.

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Affliction: Day of Reckoning weigh-ins photos

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AFFLICTION: DAY OF RECKONING goes off this Saturday, Jan. 24

Affliction returns to Anaheim, California this Saturday, January 24th for “Day of Reckoning” featuring perhaps the most anticipated bout in MMA history as current World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts (WAMMA) Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko defends his belt against former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski.

Also on the card at heavyweight is Josh “Babyface Assassin” Barnett who takes on Gilbert Yvel. In a light-heavyweight match, current Strikeforce Champion Renato “Babalu” Sobral takes on Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou. Matt Lindland will face former UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion Vitor Belfort at middleweight.

Headlining the undercard, which will be broadcast on HDNet Fights, the last IFL Light-Heavyweight Champion Vladimir Matyushenko will take on PRIDE veteran Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. The main card will air on Pay-Per-View starting at 9pm ET/6pm PT. Here’s the full fight card:

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Babalu vs Sokoudjou set for Affliction

Despite being released by the UFC nearly two weeks ago, Remeau Thierry Sokoudjou will meet Renato “Babalu” Sobral in January at Afflcition: Day of Reckogning. “The African Assassin” failed to live up to expectations in the UFC, compiling a 1-2 record.

The DREAM organization appeared to be one organization that had been rumored to be interested in the Team Quest product’s services. While that may still be a possibility, Sokoudjou will first fight on the January 24 Affliction card against a red hot “Babalu.”

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Bobby Southworth: a chat with the Champ – PRO MMA Exclusive

by:  Matt De La Rosa

I had the opportunity to sit down with Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Bobby Southworth at the world class American Kickboxing Academy to discuss his upcoming title defense with Renato “Babalu” Sobral.

The Strikeforce champ became a household name after participating on the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter. It was Bobby, not Matt Serra, who was the first TUF veteran to obtain championship gold in a major promotion.

Even though Southworth has faced such great fighters as Vitor Belfort, James Irvin and others, on Friday he will have the toughest fight of his nine year career when he steps into the cage with “Babalu”.

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“Babalu” Ready To ‘Hunt’ Southworth At Playboy Mansion

Press Release:

Strikeforce World Light Heavyweight (205 lb. limit) Champion Bobby Southworth (9-5) will face the greatest challenge of his nine-year mixed martial arts (MMA) career when he puts his belt on the line against superstar Renato “Babalu” Sobral (30-7) at the world-famous Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Saturday, September 20th.

“He is the protector and I am the hunter,” said the 32-year-old Sobral, a former UFC world championship challenger and Brazilian national wrestling champion. “I am already in shape and prepared to take it from him. I want to be the new Strikeforce world champion and , if I could become champion while fighting at a venue like the Playboy Mansion, that would make a good win even better.”

A student of Ruas Vale Tudo, the hybrid combat system created by MMA legend Marco Ruas, Sobral is coming off a convincing, unanimous judges’ decision triumph over Mike Whitehead on July 19th. The bout marked Sobral’s third straight win, a streak that he kicked off with his second round submission of David Heath at UFC 74 on August 25, 2007.
“It was a good performance for me and helped prepare me for this championship fight ahead,” said Sobral.

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by: Jack Bratcher Ok if you had the choice between paying about forty dollars to watch some high-quality MMA fights on pay-per-view from a brand new and unproven, mostly unknown promotion or watching a free high-quality UFC event free on Spike TV what do you think the average person will do? As if Affliction didn’t already have a big enough challenge getting people to buy this pay-per-view, their potential veiwership could really take a beating if the UFC does give … Read more

New Press Release From Affliction 6/11/08

In Association with Roy Englebrecht Events “Affliction Banned” Live on Pay-Per-View 6PM/PT Saturday, July 19, 2008 ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA MAIN EVENT – HEAVYWEIGHTS – PPV FEDOR “The Last Emperor” EMELIANENKO      TIM “Maine-iac” SYLVIA Former PRIDE Heavyweight Champion         Former 2-Time UFC Heavyweight Champion Red Devil Sports Club               Miletich Martial Arts Stary Oskol, Russia                  Bettendorf, Iowa 27-1 (6 KOs, 14 Submissions)            24-4 (16 … Read more