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Injured “Babalu” Withdraws From Strikeforce at the Mansion 2

Renato Babalu SobralUFC veteran Renato “Babalu” Sobral has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout against Anthony Ruiz at Strikeforce at the Mansion 2 after sustaining a leg injury. confirmed the injury late-Tuesday with Strikeforce’s Mike Afromowitz.

A replacement has not yet been named and no timetable for the former light heavyweight challenger’s return has yet been determined.

Sobral was originally to challenge Bobby Southworth for the Strikeforce light heavyweight title but Southworth was forced off the card due to a knee injury and replaced by Ruiz.

Now Strikeforce will seek a replacement for “Babalu”, who had been the largest draw on a card that once held promise with two title fights featuring Southworth and lightweight champion Josh Thomson but now features an underwhelming main event featuring UFC veteran Joe Riggs against PRIDE vet Kazuo Misaki that is joined by matchups with little to no starpower.

Strikeforce at the Mansion 2 takes place on September 19th at the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, California and will be streamed live on


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