Strikeforce News: Renato “Babalu” Sobral vs Gegard Mousasi On Aug. 15

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Updated: July 27, 2009
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The highly-anticipated showdown between Renato “Babalu” Sobral (35-8) and Gegard Mousasi (25-2-1), which was suddenly cancelled by its original promoter last week, has been revitalized and will be contested with Sobral’s STRIKEFORCE World Light Heavyweight (205 pounds) Championship on the line at San Jose, California’s HP Pavilion on Saturday, August 15.

The title bout will be featured during the SHOWTIME televised portion of the STRIKEFORCE: “Carano vs. Cyborg” mixed martial arts (MMA) mega-card.

“I am very happy that STRIKEFORCE has resurrected this fight and that I will have the opportunity to become STRIKEFORCE world champion,” said Mousasi, who is in the midst of a monstrous, 12 fight win streak. The 23-year-old was crowned the first Dream Middleweight Champion and Middleweight Grand Prix Tournament Champion last year in Japan.

“STRIKEFORCE is one of the world’s top promotions and I am proud to be a part of their roster of world-class fighters,” he said.

His wins over Denis Kang, Melvin Manhoef, and Ronaldo Souza last year cemented Mousasi’s place as one of the world’s top three middleweights.

Mousasi’s last victory, a first round (1:20) submission of former K-1 heavyweight champion Mark Hunt in Yokohama, Japan on May 26th of this year confirmed his desire and ability to conquer opponents in a heavier weight class as did his first round (2:32) KO of Japanese heavyweight champion Musashi in a K-1 kickboxing rules bout in Saitama, Japan on December 31, 2008.

The 33-year-old Sobral, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and former national wrestling champion for Brazil, will defend his STRIKEFORCE championship for the first time since he seized the title from Bobby Southworth at HP Pavilion on November 21, 2008.

Sobral, a former UFC championship challenger, is riding a five fight win streak that began with his second round (3:30) submission of David Heath at UFC 74 on August 25, 2007. In his last start, he submitted Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou with a brabo choke in the second round (2:36) of their meeting at Affliction: “Day of Reckoning” at Honda Center in Anaheim, California on January 24 of this year.

A year and a half ago, Sobral relocated from his homeland to Orange County, California where

he has since taken on former world championship boxing contender Justin Fortune as a trainer in order to bring his striking skills up to par with his expertise in submissions.

Over the course of 43 career starts, Sobral has faced and defeated some of the sport’s best competitors including legendary K-1 and UFC champion Maurice Smith. On Sept. 6, 2003, Sobral knocked off three top-tier rivals-Jeremy Horn, Mauricio “Ninja” Rua, and Trevor Prangley-during a single-elimination tournament.

In the main event on August 15, mixed martial arts’ (MMA) leading lady, the undefeated and extremely popular Gina “Conviction” Carano (7-0), will square off with rival powerhouse Cris “Cyborg” (7-1) in what is one of the most eagerly anticipated battles of all time.

Carano and Cyborg, the consensus two best female fighters in the world, will be the first women in MMA history to headline a major MMA fight card. In addition, they will fight for the first STRIKEFORCE 145-pound Female Championship.

STRIKEFORCE World Lightweight (155 pounds) Champion Josh “The Punk” Thomson (16-2) will set out to defend his crown against Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez (15-2), the man whom Thomson dethroned by way of unanimous decision at HP Pavilion on June 27, 2008.

37 Comments

  1. roy

    July 27, 2009 at 7:21 am

    finally some good news, that card is sick.

  2. tim

    July 27, 2009 at 7:28 am

    First Bitches!

  3. tim

    July 27, 2009 at 7:28 am

    Whoops…I mean Second. I win!

  4. Tim

    July 27, 2009 at 7:35 am

    Seriously other tim if your going to just comment about being first or second or ninth on a freaking post, go someplace else and stop wasting space.

  5. MW74

    July 27, 2009 at 7:51 am

    http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/ufc/ar… And in lighter news…you have to click on this link from UK's The Sun…It's a 3 pic slideshow using Bisping's ktfo shot photoshopped! Hope this works

  6. MW74

    July 27, 2009 at 7:52 am

    It does! :)

  7. Tim

    July 27, 2009 at 7:53 am

    This card looks awesome. Gina and Cyborg are hot.

  8. MW74

    July 27, 2009 at 7:55 am

    Tim…..did you just say AND CYBORG?!….Whoa! Hold up right there….the terms and conditions clearly state this is a forum for intelligent discussions…and that right there is some CRAZY A$$ S#%T!!!!!!! JK….to each his …own?

  9. Al

    July 27, 2009 at 8:01 am

    If you enjoy the physical appearances of men, then yes, she is hot.

  10. MW74

    July 27, 2009 at 8:09 am

    really, though,…check out the link…even Bisping's own countrymen are laughing at him. Good luck vs the Axe Murderer.

  11. MW74

    July 27, 2009 at 8:12 am

    Only certain men, Al. shirts off, walking out of the water onto the beach …right at about sunset… water dripping off their slightly hairy chest…but if that makes me gay…DAMNIT! I DID IT AGAIN!….sorry dad. :)

  12. Tim

    July 27, 2009 at 8:12 am

    This is freaking enough already…tim come on stop at least using a capitol T on Tim…damn we have to have some ordanance as i am not going to take the brunt for your stupid comments….This site really needs to do something about this crap.

  13. other derek

    July 27, 2009 at 8:16 am

    yeah thats why i use other derek because derek was here first on this site so i let it be

  14. other derek

    July 27, 2009 at 8:17 am

    and saying stupid shit under someone elses name c'mon seriously

  15. roy

    July 27, 2009 at 8:18 am

    yes why don't you go with other tim, or we can call you lil tim or timmy.

    thats shit was funny mw74 thanks for the laugh.

  16. MW74

    July 27, 2009 at 8:19 am

    Whew!Glad to hear it wasn't actually you- "T"-im…….just… "t"-im. Now if there were only a lower case mw i could blame my stuff on…….hmmmmm…..?

  17. Tim

    July 27, 2009 at 8:21 am

    LOL….whatever….seriously this needs to stop.

  18. MW74

    July 27, 2009 at 8:22 am

    Even better!!! "tim" could start going as "Bizarro Tim". that way it would totally explain everything when he starts saying some bass ackwards -ish! Genius! Pure genius!

  19. zack

    July 27, 2009 at 8:47 am

    Ha,ha,ha…Funny pics MW74 of Bisping KTFO. My fav is probably #3. #2 was also pretty funny though.

    I think which ever tim came to this website and started commenting first should use the name "tim". I agree with other derek, just use the name other tim or timmy or something…Just my opinion…

  20. zack

    July 27, 2009 at 8:50 am

    Did you notice Hendo in the back smiling in pic #1 ???

  21. zack

    July 27, 2009 at 8:53 am

    Was that really the U.K. Sun paper making fun of Bisping, MW74??? If so that's freakin pretty funny they're making fun of his ass…

  22. MW74

    July 27, 2009 at 9:00 am

    Yup! Mos' def. Although they just posted it…some"underground" parties actually developed it….whatever or whoever…that is some funny ass shtuff! I especially love him next to the queen or whatever…same damn british high snobbery look….awake or in dreamland…..I wonder if, while he was out on the canvas Biisping was having a dream where he WON that fight!….That would be awesome to know that he woke up from something like that!

  23. N/A

    July 27, 2009 at 9:02 am

    i really hope another "tim" doesnt start commenting on here. all hell might break lose then. LOL

  24. MW74

    July 27, 2009 at 9:02 am

    And to qualify all this, we should really point out that the Sun is more of a tabloid than an actual paper…kind of the British Enquirer …if you will. "Cheerio'-tut-tut and all that other Rutt…I do say!" nudg-nudge-wink-wink-know what I mean?!

  25. MW74

    July 27, 2009 at 9:09 am

    Me am dunn. Bizarro mw-out! L8r men!

  26. Operator

    July 27, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Please hang up and try again. If you need help please hang up and dial your operator.

  27. other derek

    July 27, 2009 at 9:19 am

    but your obviously not a smooth operator

  28. zack

    July 27, 2009 at 9:21 am

    other derek, Please hang up and try again. If you need help please hang up and dial your operator.

  29. zack

    July 27, 2009 at 9:21 am

    ha, ha, ha…

  30. zack

    July 27, 2009 at 9:22 am

    ha, ha ha….. (still funny)

  31. other derek

    July 27, 2009 at 9:26 am

    lol

  32. zack

    July 27, 2009 at 9:26 am

    OH NO, somebody's using my name now, dag nabit…LOL

  33. other derek

    July 27, 2009 at 9:27 am

    this site gets crazier everyday

  34. tom

    July 27, 2009 at 9:29 am

    What a badass Card..Who is Nick Daiz fighting J Heiron???

  35. thechemiist

    July 27, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Mousasi by KO

  36. Kash

    July 27, 2009 at 10:06 am

    The Beatles pic was my favorite, thanks MW74.

    Aside from that this fight is going to be bad ass and I'm glad Josh Barnett didn't stop this fight from happening. Its going to be close but I'm betting on Mousasi too.

  37. Mike

    July 27, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    the Bisping pics were not in the paper….. how do i know? i buy and read The Sun daily.

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