“Babalu” vs. Sokoudjou Added to “Day of Reckoning”


Rameau Sokoudjou. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Affliction Entertainment has added a light heavyweight bout to its upcoming “Day of Reckoning” show on January 24 as UFC and PRIDE Fighting Championships veteran Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou will face Renato “Babalu” Sobral on the event’s televised main card.

The bout is currently listed on the event’s official website, however various sources are reporting that Affliction VP Tom Atencio has stated that the bout is not yet official - both fighters have agreed to fight, but bout agreements and additional paperwork have yet to be completed.

Sokoudjou, who currently trains at Team Quest’s Temecula, California location along with Dan Henderson, joins the Affliction stable of fighters following his recent release from the UFC, where he went 1-2 over the past year.

“The African Assassin” fell to undefeated light heavyweight sensation Lyoto Machida in his UFC debut last December, but rebounded with an impressive win over fellow judo expert Kazuhiro Nakamura this past spring. Sokoudjou recently fell to Luis Arthur Cane, who scored a second-round TKO over him at UFC 89.

Meanwhile Sobral has flourished since his release from the UFC over a year ago, racking up three straight victories and claiming Strikeforce’s light heavyweight belt with a TKO win over Bobby Southworth at the promotion’s “Destruction” event just three weeks ago. “Babalu” was victorious at Affliction’s first-ever event in July, winning a hard-fought unanimous decision over Xtreme Couture’s Mike Whitehead.

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