Strikeforce Vice President, Mike Afromowitz, confirmed today that current Strikeforce world light heavyweight champion, Bobby Southworth, will be defending his title against Renato “Babalu” Sobral on their September 20th card, which will be held at the Playboy Mansion.MMAJunkie.com confirmed with Afromowitz this morning that the fight is a done deal.
Southworth is coming off of a victory over Anthony Ruiz in June, and immediately after the bout, he was already calling for the newly signed Babalu.
“I know that (Strikeforce) signed Babalu,” the 38-year-old Southworth said at the time. “I hear he’s making his debut at the Playboy Mansion show (in September). Babalu is kind of a legend in the game. … As my career is maturing, I’m thinking more about the paydays. That’s one of the reasons I’d like a step up in competition. You fight the tougher fighters, you get the bigger paychecks, and that’s what I want to do.”
This looks to be a busy month for Babalu, as he is also scheduled to be competing on Affliction’s second promotional event, “Day of reckoning,” on October 11th, just three weeks after the Strikeforce event. It is rumored that Babalu will be facing former UFC light heavyweight champion, Tito Ortiz, however Ortiz and Affliction are still in negotiations to bring in the controversial fighter.