MMA  > General MMA  > Renato Sobral ~ It Speaks For Itself
July 20, 2009, 11:38 PM
posted by J. Andrew Yount

While many fighters spend years riding the popularity and expectations that come from their pedigree or a lone victory, Renato ???Babalu??? Sobral (35-8) is content to just keep moving forward. Sobral has spent a career at or near the top of the light heavyweight division, but yet is still one of the most under appreciated mixed martial artists to ever put on a pair of gloves. Coming up at Affliction???s Trilogy event, he will be facing off against Gegard Mousasi. It???s a bout that the current Strikeforce light heavyweight champion covets, ???I want fights with top opponents only??? he says. Adding, ???Training has gone great. I am injury free.???

As Sobral prepares for his August showdown with the younger Mousasi, he is approaching this fight as he does most others, with an arctic cool. When asked if he had spotted a weakness within Mousasi???s attack, he answers with a simple ???Yes,??? being, otherwise, tight lipped about his opponent. When asked how he thought the Armenian would come at him, ???Babalu??? joked, ???I heard he has bad breath.??? And although this bout has huge meaning for his standing in the division or the legacy he continues to write, he states that he views this particular fight as he would any other, ???I fight every fight like it is my last.???

Regardless of the outcome of the battle with Mousasi, Sobral will remain the Strikeforce champion, and will most certainly be defending that title in his next bout. And while the light heavyweight division is loaded with quality talent, ???Babalu??? knows of two potential challengers that he will not be facing, ???Little Nog [Anontio Rogerio Nogueira] is not an option. He is my good friend. Tito [Ortiz] will not fight me. That should be clear by now.??? With his near flawless performances of late, finding a suitable challenger will be a difficult task. And whether it is Affliction or Strikeforce, Sobral is confident that both organizations are strong and will continue to grow, ???Their futures are bright. The talent speaks for itself.???

Full interview: http://mmaspot.net/interviews.php?id=30

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