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Bookings, Rumors, and Cancellations Roundup: Lashley, Sobral, Aldo + More


(Lashley vs. Sapp: Battle of the Flared Nostrils)

— In a new contribution for MMA Fanhouse, Ariel Helwani reports that former WWE-star Bobby Lashley will take on infamous fighter/actor/pitchman Bob Sapp at a June 27th pay-per-view event in Biloxi, Mississippi, organized by Prize Fight Promotions. Lashley increased his MMA record to 2-0 last month with an underwhelming decision victory over Jason Guida at "March Badness," while Sapp’s last two fights were a win over a cartoon character and a dreadful loss to Jan Nortje. No other names have been announced for this monumental fight card yet.

Renato "Babalu" Sobral has pulled out of his June 6th Strikeforce light-heavyweight title defense against Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante, because the due date of his next child falls too close to the event. According to Sobral’s manager Richard Wilner, Sobral originally accepted a Strikeforce fight for May, but the May date was instead taken by the first Sho MMA: Strikeforce Challengers show, and Sobral was told that his fight would be moved to June. "We basically said okay, but about three days after that, the doctors confirmed that Babalu’s baby was meant to be born on May 24," Wilner said. Sobral expects to return in August. As for Feijao, he will likely still compete on the June 6th "Lawler vs. Shields" card against a yet-unnamed opponent, and hopes to get a shot at Babalu’s belt when the champ returns.


— Featherweight rising star Jose Aldo will return to the cage at WEC 41 (June 7th; Sacramento, CA), where he’ll take on Cub Swanson. The 22-year-old Aldo is 4-0 in the WEC, with stunning stoppage victories over Alexandre Franca Nogueira, Jonathan Brookins, Rolando Perez, and Chris Mickle. Swanson is 3-1 in the WEC, most recently taking a decision over Hiroyuki Takaya last December; his only loss in his last 14 fights came at the hands of Jens Pulver in December 2007. WEC 41 will be headlined by the rematch between Mike Brown and Urijah Faber.

Mark Munoz‘s UFC debut last month ended with his lights getting turned out hard by a Matt Hamill head kick. So, he’s decided to regroup and move down to middleweight, where he’ll face Nick Catone at UFC 102 (August 29th; Portland, Oregon). Catone has split his two Octagon appearances, dispatching Derek Downey via keylock in February, then getting choked choked out by Tim Credeur in April. UFC 102 will be headlined by the heavyweight fight between Randy Couture and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, and will also feature Matt Hamill vs. Brandon Vera, Junior Dos Santos vs. Justin McCully, and Chael Sonnen vs. Wilson Gouveia.

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Anonymous- April 22, 2009 at 1:23 pm
i dont get it, are they competing to see who can take the biggest dump?
RedBalls- April 22, 2009 at 8:09 am
Babalu isa pussua! Rafael Feijao is goning to phuck em' up!
WTF is JUICE?- April 22, 2009 at 7:39 am
Randy got tooled by Lesnar? Seriously, WTF are some people watching? Yeah, couture got caught with punch and TKOd, but if anything he showed just how beatable Brock is. FOOL!
A-non- April 21, 2009 at 10:41 pm
CroCop's left hand not kick fractured Sapps cheak bone. With all the "sports entertainment professionals" getting in to mma when will be the first tagg team mma match.
Da Truth- April 21, 2009 at 9:39 pm
Fedor wont be fighting the winner..Hes afraid of Darkness! "Darkness everyone..Darkness is spreading!"
Bobs-a-Puss- April 21, 2009 at 8:24 pm
why doesnt anyone remember the time he fell over crying when cro-cop kicked him in the fucking head? huh? Give me a link to that fight and a t-shirt and I will love you long time!
Jonny5- April 21, 2009 at 6:06 pm
ok I want tim boetsch vs. chuck liddel
Anonymous- April 21, 2009 at 5:54 pm
If I am right you usually know when a baby is due 7 months in advance. It is ridiculous that he would take the fight knowing this and then pull out 6 weeks in advance. If this is truly the reason, then Babalu should never even agreed to the fight in the first place.
JPFighter- April 21, 2009 at 5:17 pm
Pulling out a fight because his baby is due 3 days after the fight? Riiiiiiiight. MMA fighters are becoming such prima donna's. Try another excuse.
grubwyrm- April 21, 2009 at 3:53 pm
"im 360 pounds. i will run directly at anyone as fast as i can immediatly after the bell rings. before hand i will flare my nostrils to such a degree it seems humanly impossible. you may insert grapes or marbles at your discression. i will then get jabbed, ever so slightly, in the face and fall down. you may thne do whatever submission you wish, and or hit me again once or twice around my neck or chest and i will tap out. i will then make commercials for weird japanese juice and scream. thank you. have a good day, Bob."
Smackdaddiest1- April 21, 2009 at 2:50 pm
@ Oatmeal - Like it or not, Lesnar is the UFC Heavyweight Champion. After he murders Frank Murrrr in a couple months, who in the UFC is gonna take the title from him?

Not old ass Randy that he tooled a few months ago. Not Shane Carwin who almost got first rd ko'ed by Gonzaga.

Sadly, Sapp might fuck around and beat Lashley here. He won't be able to juice over here in the states though, so it's a toss up.
Clue-by-Four- April 21, 2009 at 2:45 pm
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Armbreaker- April 21, 2009 at 2:36 pm
What kind of b.s. is this from Babalu? Pulling out of a fight because his wife is about to have a baby? Babalu needs to worry about fighting and leave the baby stuff to her.
Anonymous- April 21, 2009 at 2:26 pm
Lashley vs. Sapp. Now that's a main event.

Fuck Penn vs. Florian!
average joe- April 21, 2009 at 2:24 pm
I'd rather see Aldo, my hero, v. Sapp. And I love how they feed crappier talent (Swanson, Mccully, Sonnen) to fighters that they want to build up. The only competitive fights on this page are Hammil Vera (although Vera has olympic wrestling and better striking) and Brown Faber.
Oatmeal- April 21, 2009 at 2:01 pm
FAIL
Anderson Silva who?- April 21, 2009 at 1:41 pm
hey look no ones talking about Anderson Silva's shitty performance on sat. So I will it sucked balls!
xocgx- April 21, 2009 at 1:30 pm
Cookie Monster...I imagine they look at who was hot 4-5 years ago...not too long ago or their name means nothing....but long enough so they are no longer a threat. then, they offer gads of cash!
SCM- April 21, 2009 at 12:35 pm
Matt Hamill and Brandon Vera will be a good fight for sure i think. Bobby Lashley and Bob Sapp will be a freak show. They should have James thompson go in there too just to make it that much more of a wild street fight type match.
CookieMonster- April 21, 2009 at 12:35 pm
i always wonder how matchups like these go down. who talked to who and whos idea was it first? who even thinks about sapp anymore? And how was that presented to lashley? so many questions....
Oatmeal- April 21, 2009 at 12:27 pm
oh and bobby lashley wins the nostril thing, i think it has something to do with his miniature lips
Oatmeal- April 21, 2009 at 12:26 pm
throw lesnar in there for a mma freak show
Anonymous- April 21, 2009 at 12:14 pm
lashley is also doing shows for TNA wrestling so i dunno how well prepared he's gonna be for this fight
lilbigvince- April 21, 2009 at 12:11 pm
Yeah.. that first shit is really ridiculous.

what might be more ridiculous is this Lashley vs Sapp fight. this isn't Japan. Who wants to see this farce? Beating Bobb Sapp says nothing for a fighter nor does losing to the always intentional fouling Beast.

Whack!!!
just some dong- April 21, 2009 at 12:09 pm
How are they going to do this... they're the same person!

...Shadowboxing? A giant mirror?
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