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[VIDEO] ONE FC 4: Destiny of Warriors Main Card, in Its Entirety

It may have been merely a footnote to most fans in an already sub-par chapter of MMA events, but this weekend’s ONE FC 4 gave fans a quick fix for soccer kicks, quick stoppages and some lesser-known talent making names for themselves.

But before we get to that, let’s talk about the names you’re already familiar with. Roger Huerta took to the cage at welterweight looking to rebound from an ugly TKO at the hands of War Machine. His initial opponent, Phil Baroni, was forced off of the card due to an ugly knockout loss at the hands of Chris Holland at Ring of Fire 43 earlier this month. Replacing “The New York Badass” was Zorobabel Moreira, a tall lightweight sporting a 6-1 record before the bout. If “El Matador” was looking to break out of his recent slump, Moreira was, on paper, the perfect opportunity.


Renato ‘Babalu’ Sobral to Face Canadian Slugger Steve Bosse at Instinct 4 in May in Quebec

(This is a make or break fight. The winner will be the fans.)

Up-and-coming Quebec light heavyweight Steve Bosse will face the toughest test of his career in May when he takes on former Strikeforce 205-pound champ Renato “Babalu” Sobral at Instinct 4: Babalu vs. Bosse in May.

Instinct MMA president Stephane Patry, who was the founder of Quebec’s most successful promotion, TKO,  announced the bout today via press release. Patry also stated that a date and a venue for the show have yet to be locked down, but should be finalized in the coming days.


Friday Afternoon Link Dump

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- 25 Hottest European Female Athletes  of All Time (Complex)

- Is Bane’s Dialogue Completely Unintelligible in ‘The Dark Knight Rises?’ (FilmDrunk)

- Work Out Like Overeem (MuscleProdigy)

- The Three Stooges Looks Terrible, But Holy Shit Kate Upton as a Nun (WithLeather)

- 7 Badass Ginger Rockstars (With Souls) (Clutch.MTV)

- 4 Ways to Impress Men in Conversation (AskMen)

- 6 Reasons This Christmas Will Be the Most Depressing Ever (TheRugged)

- CBS Gives You a Sneak Peek at !Rob! (TuVez)

- 8 Signs You’re ‘That Guy’ At the Gym (Guyism)

- 7 Spy Movies That Make Espionage Boring (ScreenJunkies)

- How to Freshen Your Breath, Naturally (MadeMan)

- UFC Exploring Security for Silva-Sonnen II in Brazil (BleacherReport)

- FYI: You Can Be Arrested for Going on a Planking Spree (HolyTaco)

- Cro Cop Details Surgery; Still Wants to Fight (FightersOnly)

- Freddie Roach Talks GSP’s Injury, Calls Anderson Silva the Best ‘Pure Boxer’ in MMA (LowKick)

- The Chris Paul Fiasco Gives NBA a Black Eye (ScoresReport)

- Video: Igor Pokrajac Spars With Babalu Sobral Ahead of His UFC 140 Bout With Krzysztof Soszynski (YouTube)


Pre-Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu Video Hype

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Despite the fact that its card is better from top to bottom than the competition’s on Saturday night, Strikeforce’s  Henderson vs. Babalu broadcast on Showtime will likely top off at less than half as many viewers as The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale show on Spike TV.

In an effort to win over a few sets of eyeballs who are indifferent in preference between the two cards, Showtime has released some highlight videos this week featuring main card fighters, Renato "Babalu" Sobral, Dan Henderson and Scott Smith.

Now, I only took two marketing courses in college, but wouldn’t it have been wiser to have released these videos a few weeks ago and to have more than three fighters featured in them?

Regardless of Strikeforce’s head-scratching business decisions, the shorts are pretty well done. 

Check out Scott Smith’s highlight and the original Babalu-Henderson bout after the jump.


Friday Link Dump

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-  British writer says Pickett could be the next Hardy or Bisping. Does that mean he’s going to get KTFO by an American? (cagewriter)

-  Due Date review (screenjunkies)

-  Training with Team Quest Okami says Sonnen is innocent (mmajunkie)

-  Click-A-Chick: Cristina Brondo, Brittany Barbour, Sofia Vergara, Pixie Lott, Ericka, & friends (bustedcoverage)

-  Jeremy Horn interview (whoatv)

-  Report: UFC 127 in Australia to host Condit-Lytle (yahoo!)

-  Chilean miner sings Elvis on Letterman (TuVez)

-  Weekend preview:  Drysdale and Saunders back in action (mmafighting)

-  Woman fined $1.5 million for downloading music illegally (mademan)

-  Velasquez adjusts to life as UFC champion (sportsnet)

-  Angie Sanclemente Valencia photos (holytaco)

-  Menjivar-Pickett on tap for WEC 53 (sherdog)

-  Cleveland’s response to new LeBron commercial (scoresreport)

-  A book of insults just for the UFC (cracked)

-  For (stuffed) colored girls (funnyordie)

-  The murse from TUF explains why he’s now famous (middleeasy)

- Maxim’s 5 favorite gifs for Friday (doubleviking)


Babalu Not Motivated by Belts Anymore; Plans to Move to Different Weight Classes to Pursue Challenging Fights

(Belts? We don’t need no stinking belts.)

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker mentioned in an interview this week that the winner of the December 4 light heavyweight bout between Dan Henderson and Renato Sobral will likely be next in line for a shot at the promotion’s 205-pound titleholder, Rafael Cavalcante.

Coker’s revelation seems a bit questionable considering Sobral, who defeated Robbie Lawler at a 195-pound catchweight in his last bout hasn’t fought at 205 for the promotion since losing his title to Gegard Mousasi in 2009 and Henderson, who lost to Jake Shields in a title bout in his Strikeforce debut hasn’t fought under the SF banner at that weight at all.

Regardless of whether or not he beats Henderson or earns a shot at his old belt, Babalu says he may not stick around at light heavyweight for long, revealing that he wants to go wherever there are challenging fights.

"I’m looking for challenges now. Belts don’t mean as much to me any more. I want good match-ups. That’s what keeps me motivated to fight. I’d like to fight maybe at heavyweight. It depends. It all depends on the opponents. If you give me good match-ups, I’ll fight at any weight," Babalu tells "I can go up and I can go down. If it’s a good bout for me and I say I want to fight that guy, I’ll move to the weight they’re at. I don’t have any preference. It’s not about weight classes; it’s about fighters."


Fabricio Werdum: ‘If I Beat Fedor On That Night, I’m going to Be Better Than Him On That Night’

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The majority of MMA fans and media feel that Fabricio Werdum will likely lose his fight against Fedor Emelianenko on Saturday night. Apparently nobody gave Werdum the memo.

"I know it’s going to be hard but I know that I can [beat Fedor]," he explains.

Although he is confident about his chances this weekend, Werdum has no illusions of grandeur.

"If I beat Fedor on that night,  I’m better than him that night. I don’t consider myself better than anybody else," he says. "I just know that I have a place on the top. I think to beat Fedor is like having 10 belts in the house."


Exclusive: King Mo’ Doesn’t Want to Fight His ‘Brother’ Babalu; Says Fedor Can Be Beaten and He’s the Man to Do It

($10,000 for pouring an energy drink over my head? What would you fine Machida?)

We spoke with  Muhammed "King Mo’" Lawal at last weekend’s MMA Expo in Toronto and we asked him about the prospect of fighting friend and training partner Renato Sobral, should Babalu get past Robbie Lawler in the pair’s 195-pound catchweight bout tonight, and according to the Strikeforce light heavyweight champ, the fight will likely never happen.

"The thing is, Babalu is like my brother. I knew him before I started fighting and he was actually my favorite fighter when I first started to really follow the sport," explained Lawal. "I’ll fight anybody but him."


Babalu’s Foray Into Fighting Below 205 Not a One Time Deal

(Video courtesy of Sherdog)

According to Renato "Babalu" Sobral, his upcoming 195-pound catchweight bout with Robbie Lawler on June 16 isn’t a one-off appearance for the former Strikeforce champion at a lighter weight as the Brazilian submission specialist is planning a further drop to compete as a middleweight in the foreseeable future.

Since his friend and training partner, Muhammed King Mo’ Lawal won the title Babalu previously held by defeating the man who took his belt, Gegard Mousasi in April, Sobral says that the fact that he would never fight anyone on his team necessitated the drop in weight.


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

Renato Babalu Sobral MMA Affliction
(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.