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“Babalu” vs. Sokoudjou Slated For Affliction “Day of Reckoning”

Renato Babalu Sobral

Renato Babalu Sobral

A light heavyweight bout featuring UFC veterans Renato “Babalu” Sobral and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou has been added to the official lineup for Affliction “Day of Reckoning”, which takes place on January 24th in Anaheim, California and is headlined by Fedor Emelianenko vs. Andrei Arlovski.

Sobral was cut by the UFC in mid-2007 for refusing to release a fight-ending submission of David Heath. Since leaving the promotion, “Babalu” has won three-straight fights including a unanimous decision victory over Mike Whitehead at Affliction’s debut event in July and a November first-round TKO of Bobby Southworth to claim the Strikeforce light heavyweight title.

Sokoudjou was released by the UFC in late-November following his loss to Luiz Cane at UFC 89 in October, which dropped his UFC record to just 1-2. Prior to joining the UFC he had compiled a 4-1 mark, including knockouts of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Ricardo Arona in PRIDE.


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