Renato Sobral. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Seal Beach, CA — There is only one meaningful question to ask about the upcoming fight between Babalu and Sokoudjou: will it be won by strikes or submission? Renato “Babalu” Sobral (31-7) and Rameau “The African Assassin” Sokoudjou (5-3) will meet on January 24th at Affliction M1 “Day of Reckoning” at Honda Center in Anaheim to engage in battle as part of the event’s main card.
The fight pits Babalu’s well-honed Jiu-Jitsu skills and veteran experience against Sokoudjou’s exploding strength and dangerously potent striking skills. Both fierce combatants attack with an animal ferocity that combines technique and heart in a brutal assault on opponents.
Famous for his grappling prowess, relentless fighting style, and high-caliber submissions in the ring, Brazilian import “Babalu” Sobral is a six-foot one, two hundred and five pound Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu who shows no mercy in the ring. Out of the ring, Sobral follows one of the most intense training regimens, ranging from lifting weights (even bench-pressing fellow workout partners), to running up steep mountains, and swimming over 2000 yards in one hour.
Here’s the first episode of “Fedor’s Road to Reckoning”, a new online video series in which fight fans are now being given an inside look into Fedor Emelianenko’s journey in the United States leading up to his much-anticipated bout against Andrei Arlovsi at this weekend’s Affliction event in California.
Andrei Arlovski and Josh Barnett. Photo courtesy of Affliction Entertainment.
On Tuesday, feared MMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko, along with Affliction Entertainment, M-1 Global, Golden Boy Promotions and The Trump Organization gathered at Trump Towers in New York to host a press conference in anticipation of this Saturday’s Affliction M-1 “Day of Reckoning” PPV event.
Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Tito Ortiz, Oscar De La Hoya and Affliction Entertainment President Tom Atencio were on hand to address the media and fans in attendance and take questions.
On Saturday, as the main event of a stacked pay-per-view MMA fight card at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., Fedor will meet world-ranked heavyweight Andre Arlovski in a five-round showdown.
Fedor Emelianenko, Tom Atencio, and Donald Trump. Photo courtesy of Affliction Entertainment.
Despite being the undisputed number one heavyweight Mixed Martial Artist(MMA) in the world, Fedor Emelianenko is largely a mystery to even his most devout fans.While those who follow the sport of MMA are very familiar with the former PRIDE heavyweight champion’s work inside the ring, very little about the man behind the fighter has been brought to the public’s attention.
On Tuesday night, fans will get to see Fedor Emelianenko like they’ve never seen him before when Fox Sports Net (check local listings for times) premieres its new documentary, “Fedor: Baddest Man on the Planet.”
Courtesy of Showtime Sports, here’s a five-minute video previewing the upcoming heavyweight clash between longtime divisional king Fedor Emelianenko and former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski, which will take place at Affliction Entertainment’s “Day of Reckoning show on January 24 in Anaheim, California.
In the above video courtesy of Showtime Sports, former UFC title challenger Renato “Babalu” Sobral and one-time PRIDE upstart Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou discuss their upcoming light heavyweight bout, which will take place at Affliction Entertainment’s “Day of Reckoning show on January 24 in Anaheim, California.
In the above video courtesy of Showtime Sports, former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett and PRIDE Fighting Championships veteran Gilbert Yvel discuss their upcoming heavyweight bout, which will take place at Affliction Entertainment’s “Day of Reckoning show on January 24 in Anaheim, California.
Bao Quach. Photo by Esther Lin.
EliteXC and ICON Sport veteran Bao Quach will replace an ill Mark Hominick and take on Miletich Fighting Systems product L.C. Davis at Affliction Entertainment’s “Day of Reckoning” show on January 24 in Anaheim, California.
The switch was first reported by The Fight Network and MMA on Tap has since been able to confirm the news. Affliction officials are expected to make a formal announcement regarding Quach’s participation at the event in the coming days.
In the above video courtesy of Showtime Sports, former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort and Team Quest co-founder Matt Lindland discuss their upcoming middleweight bout, which will take place at Affliction Entertainment’s “Day of Reckoning show on January 24 in Anaheim, California.
Here’s the fourth episode of Andrei Arlovski’s documentary, “Arlovski 360”, which chronicles his training for his upcoming showdown against perennial heavyweight king Fedor Emelianenko at Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” show on January 24 in Anaheim, California.