Renato Sobral

Babalu’s UFC Contract Length

Reader-who-didn’t-sign-his-email wants to know:

How many fights does Babalu have left on his UFC contract?

Well from what I’ve read/heard, Renato “Babalu” Sobral still has three fights left on his UFC deal.

When Babalu made his return to the UFC April 16th, 2005 it was reported the he signed a three-fight deal with the organization. Babalu fought three times before he was finally given a title shot against the UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell. Babalu’s three-fight deal with the UFC would have been finished after his fight with Mike Van Arsdale at UFC 57: Liddell vs. Couture III. That means that Babalu signed an extension with the UFC which allowed him to take part in the UFC light heavyweight title fight with Chuck Liddell. It is rumored that Babalu still has three fights left on his deal.

Erik Apple made a post on ‘The Underground’ that said Babalu would be fighting on the upcoming UFC 67 card but up to this point nothing has been confirmed. Babalu’s page at Wikipedia also has a little blurb that says “He has been offered a fight at the upcoming UFC 67.”

If anyone knows any specifics, drop them in the comments.

What If Shamrock Wins?

What happens if Ken Shamrock actually beats Tito Ortiz tonight? The Light-Heavyweight division of the UFC goes into disarray, that’s what…

Just think about it for a minute. Ortiz and Chuck Liddell are slated to fight for the UFC Light-Heavyweight title in December - Tito has already shown the public the contract itself. If Shamrock beats Ortiz, there’s no reason for that fight to even take place. If it still went as scheduled, there would be a huge uproar, the likes of which we have never seen before.

I don’t think that Shamrock would automatically get a title shot, but then again who would take on Chuck in December. I would hate to see Liddell have to wait like Georges St. Pierre has had to.

A very possible scenario could be this - Rashad Evans will take on Renato Sobral at some point later this year. Forrest Griffin and Shamrock would quickly follow suit. That would leave Tito matching up with either Stephan Bonnar (if he is permitted to fight which I highly doubt) or Keith Jardine.

Actually any combination of that could become a reality…

What about Chuck? Well this would become the perfect opportunity to re-ignite talks about possible taking on one of Pride’s top light-heavys, Wanderlei Silva or someone else…

Matt Hill of MMA Weekly has written a very good piece about Ken’s possible chances as well…

What if Ortiz doesn’t beat Shamrock?

Tuesday, October 10, will be the trilogy that finally ends one of the longest running feuds in MMA today. If Ortiz wins, he proves that he is without a doubt the superior fighter. If Shamrock wins, he throws a wrench in the entire UFC light-heavyweight division. It seems like almost everyone is counting Shamrock out…except Shamrock.

“I’m supposed to get beat, so if I get beat I get beat; but what happens if I don’t get beat? They’re going to have to eat some crow,” said Shamrock.

Pride Talks The Real Deal, Liddell-Silva

Pride held yet another press conference yesterday discussing details about their upcoming US debut in October…

We already learned about the announcements of Josh Barnett-Pawel Nastula and Mark Hunt-Eric Esch yesterday. Dream Stage CEO Nobuyuki Sakakibara stated that some more fights will be named later this week and the rest of the card will be revealed at the end of the month.

It’s interesting to note that because the event is taking place in Nevada, the rules will be similar to those that the UFC uses with a couple of changes. The fight will obviously take place in a ring rather than the UFC’s famed octagon. As it pertains to striking, there will be no elbows to the head permitted while on the ground. Kicking or kneeing of a downed opponent will be illegal as well despite that it is usually allowed in Pride events.

No shoes or Gi’s are allowed to be worn. The fights will be three five-minutes rounds instead of Pride’s usual one ten minute round followed by two five-minute rounds. The event will be four hours long and will be broadcast on PPV and the web.

Even more interesting then those announcements is the fact that Sakakibara was willing to talk about Silva-Liddell and the current status of the possible matchup. ..

“Speaking on behalf of Pride, we are ready anytime. Also, Wanderlei is ready. We just need the doctor’s confirmation regarding his injury from last week. We are still waiting for the UFC’s response. Mirko even said that if Wanderlei is not ready to fight in November, he would fight in his place. In some interviews, Mr. Dana White stated that this fight won’t happen. However, speaking from Pride’s side, we are ready.”

Hey, that’s not what Dana said!

I really don’t know which side to believe. I want to side with Dana and the UFC seeing how Pride has screwed over other promotions before by pulling crap like this whole saga. I wonder what he will have to say about this.

Even though Dana already said that Silva shouldn’t get a shot at Chuck Liddell because he was destroyed by Mirko Cro Cop, there is still room for things to happen. Dana’s right - Silva shouldn’t get Chuck after that massacre.

But if what Dana said at UFC 61 is true - They were supposed to have Wanderlei for three fights - Why don’t they have Wanderlei face someone else, like Babalu or Forrest for example. This way Tito can get his title shot and providing Chuck and Wanderlei both win, they can meet after that.

I’m such a genius…

Tito and Babalu’s War of Words

It seems that Tito Ortiz seems to dislike Renato Sobral these days. Judging by his comments, I think it’s a good observation. Ortiz has been pretty willing to rip into Babalu for his recent performance against Chuck Liddell at UFC 62…

“Renato Babalu is not really as good as they try to make him to be. They kind of painted the picture more of what they think. I think that was a typical fight for Liddell. That fight will go the same way each and every time. The first time went 2 minutes and 30 seconds and this one went 1 minute. Renato Babalu is not really that great a fighter. He’s a great ‘B’ fighter and an average ‘A’ fighter. He’s not at the level of (Randy) Couture or Liddell or myself.”

I wouldn’t go that far Tito. Anyone who takes Fedor the distance and beats Trevor Prangley, Shogun, and Jeremy Horn all in the same night has to be considered among the best fighters out there without question. The main reason why Babalu lost in my opinion is that he failed to execute the proper game plan that could beat Chuck. Babalu must have been dreaming if he thought that he could win the stand-up battle.

It’s the classic mistake that Couture, Horn, and now Babalu have made during their fights with him. All of the fighters had fought him before, all of them had a superior ground game to him, yet all of them decided that they wanted to beat Chuck at his own game and they paid the consequences by getting dropped.

Anyway, enough of my rambling…

After hearing about Tito’s remarks, Babalu has issued a statement through his manager:

Through his manager, Sobral sent the following retort to MMAWeekly.com, “I earned my title shot after my results in the Octagon. I won my way up to the title shot against Liddell and Tito has his fight guaranteed on a contract. I won my way up with 10 wins in a row with the last three being at the UFC by submission. Tito had two victories at his two recent UFC fights with the judges helping him… very controversial results, not convincing!! Even though I believe it’s impossible, I really hope Tito beats Liddell because it will be easier to smash his face and get the title from him instead of Liddell.”

Babalu does make some good points, however I don’t think he will be getting a shot at Tito or Chuck for quite a while…

 

 

Out For Revenge

In November of 2002, Renato “Babalu” prepared for his fourth appearance in the octagon against Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell at UFC 40: Vendetta. Early in the first round Sobral took Liddell’s shin square off the head and was left on the canvas dazed and confused.

Since that time Babalu has stated that the only thing on his mind has been the loss to Chuck Liddell and he is looking for some redemption.

“I have been thinking of that fight for four years,” Sobral told The Canadian Press from Las Vegas.

“He’s in my dreams,” he added of the Iceman.

UFC 62: Liddell vs. Sobral Preview

Here is my preview of UFC 62: Bitter Rivals. I only wrote my thoughts for the main card but the full card looks like this…

Main Card Bouts:
Chuck Liddell vs. Renato “Babalu” Sobral
Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar
Josh Neer vs. Nick Diaz
Hermes Franca vs. Jamie Varner
Christian Wellisch vs. Cheick Kongo

Preliminary Bouts:
Yushin Okami vs. Alan Belcher
Rob MacDonald vs. Eric Schafer
Wes Combs vs. Wilson Gouveia
David Heath vs. Cory Walmsley

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Ultimate Monday

Tonight Spike TV will be getting fight fans ready for UFC 62 with two world premiere broadcasts. At 9pm, Spike TV will broadcast the official UFC 62 Countdown Show which will feature an hour of interviews and fight highlights. Then at 10pm tune in to UFC All Access with Renato Sobral. The show will give you a behind the scenes look at a day in the life of Babalu.

Chuck Liddell vs. Renato Sobral is Official

Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell vs. Renato “Babalu” Sobral is now official. The fight will take place August 26th at the Mandalay Bay Event Center. Other fights rumored to be on the card are Sean Sherk vs. Kenny Florian for the vacant UFC Lightweight Title, David Loiseau vs. Mike Swick and David Terrell vs. Anderson Silva/Nathan Marquardt.

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