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Bellator is Teasing Hector Lombard vs. Renato ‘Babalu’ Sobral Nov. 19


(“Publicity stunt, you say? What’s that?”)

Apparently Renato “Babalu” Sobral is a free agent. Otherwise, Bellator wouldn’t be talking to the former UFC light heavyweight contender about possibly facing its middleweight champ, Hector Lombard.

According to Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney, his promotion has been involved in talks with Sobral’s camp to sign the 36-9  submission specialist for a non-title bout with Lombard (30-2-1, 1 NC) at Bellator 58 on November 19, but nothing is set in stone. Strangely, the promoter still announced that the bout was in the works, which could simply be a tactic to pressure Babalu, who has only fought twice in the past two years, into signing on the dotted line.

“I’ve been a big ‘Babalu’ fan for a lot of years,” Rebney told MMAJunkie. “They weren’t really on our radar, but then they reached out to us and opened the door and asked for a few things. We agreed to all of them. … But now we’re siting back and waiting. We haven’t heard anything back from them in three or four days.”

Lombard says he’s ready and willing to fight Babalu and says that he has no problem fighting above his middleweight class for a fight of that caliber, in spite of the fact that he hasn’t fought at 205 in more than five years.

“I got a call from Bjorn … and he talked to me about the situation that ‘Babalu’ wanted to fight me. He wanted the fight at 205 pounds. I said, ‘I’m here to fight. Let’s just make the fight happen as soon as possible,’” Lombard explained. “It wouldn’t be one of the easiest fights of my career. But he’s got a good name.”

Let’s hope this isn’t another “We made the offer. Now the ball’s in Scott Coker’s court,” type of deal as was the case in the ballyhooed Gilbert Melendez and Eddie Alvarez bout that never happened. Babalu is a guy who always comes to fight, wherever the action goes and Lombard is a nasty fighter, so there’s a pretty good chance this bout could deliver. Don’t leave us hanging, Bjorn. Pick up the phone and get it done. Not like the Lombard-Filho bout we’re still waiting on. Okay, not really, but you get the picture.

The event, which is scheduled for the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida and will be broadcast on MTV2 will also feature the final round bouts from Bellator’s Season 5 tournament as well as the promotional debut of Shooto’s 183-pound South American champion, Carlos Alexandre Pereira.

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XENOPHON- September 20, 2011 at 9:51 am
I think Bombard is one of the best MW's there is. Fight against Babalu...sure why not, I don't think any UFC fighters would fair any better.
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At a age 33 Lombard is in his prime, his record is 30-2-1. If 36 years old is thought to be over the hill, he may have 3-4 years left.
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If Lombard was signed by the UFC he would be lucky to fight at most 2 fights a year.
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In 2011 he fought 3 times.
In 2010 he fought 4 times.
In 2009 he fought 5 times.
In 2008 he fought 3 times.
in 2007 he fought 8 times.
In 2006 he fought 7 times.
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It has not been since 2006 that he received his only 2 losses, each a decision. One to Mousasi the other to Gono.
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Fight Matrix ranks him 6th, behind Silva, Sonnen, Okami, Marquardt and Belfort.
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So a fight with Babalu, OK...but most know the outcome already. The better fight may be with Marquart.
KeithHackneyWindmillPalmStrike- September 20, 2011 at 5:24 am
If this was Babalu in his 'Oh shit I almost killed David Heath' prime we were talking about, this would be a sick fight, but sadly he's fallen off the last few years. I guess that's what happens when you're a scrappy brazilian who has been fighting anyone and everyone for like the last 12 years...one of my favorite fighters of all time
Todd M- September 19, 2011 at 9:25 pm
^ :) When your chin has failed as many times as Babalu, Hector ain't the guy to pick to be building your career back up, 1st min KO
KarmaAteMyCat- September 19, 2011 at 7:36 pm
Murder was the case they gave him.
Chiggs- September 19, 2011 at 6:53 pm
Good test for Lombard, but pretty much forgone conclusion, Murder in the 1st for him...Renato's pretty much done at this point, still a tough test for anyone, but Lombard isnt exactly a rookie or a can, shit he's at the stage of beating any MW out there for sure, save maybe Silva.
skeletor- September 19, 2011 at 5:09 pm
Babalu has looked pretty shitty his last few bouts. But since we never see Lombard verse anyone important it could be a good litmus test for his actual skill set.
Austin3210- September 19, 2011 at 2:58 pm
Not really interested in it since it'll be a slaughter like most of Bellator's champion's non-title bouts...
Fried Taco- September 19, 2011 at 2:56 pm
I've got Hector via murder on this one.
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