Babalu goes to Strikeforce


During the Strikeforce Playboy show, the organizers made a big deal about signing Renato Babalu Sobral, which is about as appropriate as throwing a ‘Welcome to the Neighborhood’ party for a child molester. You may or may not recall that Babalu was tossed out of the UFC and given the second biggest fine in MMA history (I think … the CSAC kept Johnny Morton’s 100k, didn’t they?).

Debate continues to rage across the internet as to ‘how bad’ Sobral’s actions really were, which is why I’m surprised Strikeforce made the announcement during their show. They could have easily kept it on the low low until their next card was announced in two months, and by then the hubbub would have died down and people just would have been happy to see Sobral in action again. They would get publicity on it, and it wouldn’t be sleazy like it feels now.

So don’t get me wrong, I’m happy about Babalu fighting again. But I’m not too impressed with Strikeforce basically throwing gasoline on a fire that was finally almost out.

  • Mr. Theplague

    His “angry face” always comes off as forced. He’s so emo.

  • ajadoniz

    lol emo

  • http://flyingguardpass.blogspot.com garth

    well, he has to work. otherwise he’ll never be able to keep up with his hair gel and tribal tattoo bills.

  • Cyrus Amiri

    He’s fucking rad.
    Fuck the UFC, pack a fucking wolves.

  • http://tanglebones.com/ Jemaleddin

    By the way, I was watching UFC Unleashed from last week and they showed the Martin Kampmann/Drew McFedries fight from UFC 68, and it looked like Martin held the arm triangle on Drew a lot longer than Babalu held that RNC.

  • kentyman

    It was an anaconda choke, actually.

  • http://tanglebones.com/ Jemaleddin

    Oh hey, good call.

  • http://tanglebones.com/ Jemaleddin

    (But regardless, Babalu may have had bad intentions, but he didn’t do anything out of the ordinary…)

  • http://MMACritique.blogspot.com Thomas

    Low Blow Radio says it was a case of bloodlust.

    So who keeps Sobral’s $25K? Does the commission get to spend it at the blackjack table?

  • Matt

    Don’t be pussies about it fellas.. No harm, No foul.. Nobody said shit about our fav. fighter Nick Diaz giving Gomi an extra 2nd squeeze (which I enjoyed watching) and B.J. walked away scott free after his shit w/ Jens. Sooo trip on Babalu? If you have been a fan of this sport for a while and been to the smaller shows then you shouldn’t have been shocked by what u saw.

  • http://www.myspace.com/96273771 Tommy

    I’m pretty sure after they gave the money to Johnny actually. They held it for his refusal to test but released it after he tested and held x amount when it came back juiced. As to the amount they put in their personal accounts I don’t know.

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