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.