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Exclusive Interview: Renato ‘Babalu’ Sobral

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One of the most unfortunate aspects of Tito Ortiz’s bizarre negotiation cock-up with Affliction is that it’s jeopardizing his grudge match with Renato “Babalu” Sobral, the Brazilian UFC vet who would love, love, love to kick the crap out of him. After Sobral’s impressive unanimous decision over Mike Whitehead last month at “Affliction: Banned,” a meeting between Babalu and the Huntington Beach Bad Boy seemed inevitable. Right now, the only thing that’s certain is that Sobral will be fighting Bobby Southworth on September 20th for Strikeforce’s light-heavyweight championship, and he’s currently training hard to be worthy of the belt. Our own Luiz De Souza chatted with Sobral recently about Ortiz, Strikeforce, and the real story behind his unique nickname.

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CAGEPOTATO.COM: First of all, how likely is it that we’ll see you face Tito Ortiz in Affliction?
RENATO SOBRAL: I don’t know when that fight will happen. It’s not up to me — if it was, I would have beaten his ass yesterday.

You’ve said that facing Tito would be your “dream fight.” Why is that, exactly?
First of all because he said that I am a “C-class fighter,” then he went on to say that I am a third-world country fighter. It would be a pleasure for me to kick his ass.

What do you think of him as a person?
Well…he is a good fighter. But it would be my pleasure to send him to hell.

If you two fought, how do you think the fight would end?
Whatever way in which the ending is me sending him to hell.

The salaries for some of the fighters at the first Afflicton show were incredibly high — do you feel like you were underpaid compared to guys like Ben Rothwell, Matt Lindland, or some of the other headliners?
I don’t really comment on money. Some make more money; others who are just starting make less. I have nothing to complain about.


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Post #1   8/25/08 8:51:37PM   

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WAR bab, send turd ortiz 2 hell

Post #2   8/25/08 9:35:19PM   

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What I get out of this is that Babalu really doesn't care for Tito, and that he is not concerned about money. .

Post #3   8/25/08 9:36:48PM   

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I hope this fight happens, I know he's been mentioning it for a while now and I think it would actually be a rather good match up. Bot have decent stand up and really great ground skills, I just think that Babalu has that true killer instinct that Tito lost way back when.

Post #4   8/25/08 11:23:26PM   

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I don't think this is a good fight for Tito to take. 4 Loses in a row is really hard to come back from.

Post #5   8/26/08 10:56:43AM