After some mild trash talk on the parts of Gegard Mousasi and Vitor Belfort over the last week it seems as if Belfort has been scratched as the former DREAM middleweight champion’s opponent at Affliction III: Trilogy after all.
A report released by www.M-1Global.com this afternoon suggests that Renato “Babalu” Sobral will very likely be the man to face Mousasi on August 1. M-1 Global was able to confirm the report from sources close to Mousasi.
Mousasi is widely considered to be one of the top pound for pound fighters competing in the sport today. He has put together a more than impressive record of 28-2 during his professional MMA career and has had his hand raised in his last twelve consecutive bouts. Names such as Denis Kang, Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, Melvin Manhoef and most recently Mark Hunt are just a few of the men that have fallen victim to the well rounded Armenian-Iraninian.
Babalu bounced back in the Octagon following consecutive stoppage losses to Jason Lambert and Chuck Liddell when he put David Heath to sleep with an unforgiving side choke at UFC 74. It was his choice to hold he choke a couple of seconds too long on his unconscious victim that left him as an outcast from the UFC. The release may have been a blessing for Sobral, who has gone undefeated in his four fights since his departure from the UFC over the likes of Bobby Southworth, Mike Whitehead and most recently Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou.