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Gegard Mousasi vs. Renato Sobral Official for ‘Affliction: Triology’

(His mouthpiece says "DEATH." His shorts say "CONDOM DEPOT." Photo courtesy of Sherdog.)

With Gegard Mousasi and Vitor Belfort‘s weight-related bitch-fest producing nothing positive, Affliction has scrapped the match and moved on. MMA Weekly has now confirmed that Mousasi will be instead be taking on #6-ranked light-heavyweight Renato "Babalu" Sobral at Affliction’s third MMA event (August 1st; Anaheim, California). Not exactly an easy first fight at light-heavyweight for the Young Vagabond, but he’s already 1-0 in the highly competitive Super Hulk division, so don’t count him out. At any rate, the fight against Babalu should tell us a lot about how Mousasi will fare as 205-pounder.

As for Sobral, the Strikeforce light-heavyweight champ still intends to defend his title shortly after the Mousasi fight, health permitting; Babalu hasn’t made a Strikeforce belt defense since winning the strap from Bobby Southworth in November. In fact, all of Strikeforce’s titles have been on ice lately — Josh Thomson has only participated in one non-title fight since he won his lightweight strap a year ago, Cung Le hasn’t fought at all since winning the middleweight belt last March, and Alistair Overeem hasn’t returned to Strikeforce since becoming their heavyweight champion in November 2007. Maybe BJ Penn can fight for Strikeforce’s vacant welterweight title so that belt can stay inactive too…

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Kimbos Bread- June 2, 2009 at 9:02 am
His mouthpiece says "DEATH." His shorts say "CONDOM DEPOT."

All we need no is for his nipple to say:

"twist here"
karate is back- June 1, 2009 at 9:17 pm
as much as I like Renato, I'm going to go with Mousasi on this one. 2nd round knockout!

I would have much rather seen Mousasi vs. Belfort though!
831 Son- June 1, 2009 at 7:00 pm
Cung Le is the middle weight fighter who Dana was talking about signing that would "Blow our minds." Guaranfuckenteed.
Phenylalanine- June 1, 2009 at 5:46 pm
War Mousasi!!!
Fuckyerfrat- June 1, 2009 at 4:41 pm
Babalu will choke that Armenian fuck bag until he poops out like Phil Baroni.
rokabee- June 1, 2009 at 4:18 pm
willum- June 1, 2009 at 3:01 pm
chael sonnen is a douchebag!
Richard Fitzentite- June 1, 2009 at 2:31 pm
It really takes the steam out of "Light Heavy Weight Champion" after you qualify it by saying that he won it from Bobby Southworth.
IronClad- June 1, 2009 at 2:26 pm
fight could go either way, i think Babalu is gonna take it
Jeffro- June 1, 2009 at 2:01 pm
Babalu also has a mouthpiece that reads, "HATE". Dude is such a badass. Almost to much for his own good. I think he will beat that Armanian to a fucking pulp, then choke his ass out.
VegasBJJ- June 1, 2009 at 1:52 pm
Mousasi by destruction, Rd. 1
manutdfan- June 1, 2009 at 1:43 pm
Babalu, by choke, Rd. 1.

Funny BJ Penn comment, by the way.