After nearly a year of talks falling by the wayside, it would seem Bellator has finally acquired former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Renato Sobral. While the original intent was to match “Babalu” with former Bellator Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard, who is now UFC property, a potential tournament run culminating in a finals match-up with fellow former Strikeforce Champion “King Mo” sounds equally as promising.
“Babalu” (37-9) has competed once since a 2010 knockout loss to Dan Henderson, submitting Tatsuya Mizuno in a mere 31 seconds at ONE FC 4 this passed June. The Brazilian jiu jitsu practitioner owns career victories over Chael Sonnen, Robbie Lawler, Travis Wiuff, and “Shogun” Rua.
“Babalu is an awesome addition to the Bellator family,” said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. “He’s beaten some of the greatest fighters in the sport, and poses a tremendous threat to every fighter in our Light Heavyweight Division. From a fans perspective, he’s incredibly exciting to watch, and I’m expecting big things from Babalu in January on Spike.”