MMA veteran Matt Lindland has agreed to take on former UFC fighter Renato “Babalu” Sobral at Affliction Entertainment’s second- ever MMA event on January 24th. Lindland, a long time middleweight fighter, will make the jump up in weight as the two will face off in a light heavyweight matchup.
Both fighters were victorious at Affliction’s first event, “Banned,” in July, and have not competed since. Babalu had been slated to challenge Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Bobby Southworth on two separate occasions, however injury postponed both attempts.
Josh Gross of SI.com was the first to confirm the bout with Affliction vice president Tom Atencio.
Gross also reports that Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, twin brother of UFC interim heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, will headline HDNet’s free preliminary card against Vladimir Matyushenko.
Here are the fighters Rumored to be competing at “Day of Reckoning”:
Preliminary Bouts (HDNet):
Kiril Sidelnikov vs. Paul Buentello
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Vladimir Matyushenko
Main Bouts (PPV):
Mike Pyle vs. TBD
Trevor Prangley vs. TBD
Jay White vs. Chase Gormley
Albert Rios vs. Antonio Duarte
Jay Hieron vs. Jason High
Chris Horodecki vs. Dan Lauzon
Ben Rothwell vs. Pedro Rizzo
Renato “Babalu” Sobral vs. Matt Lindland
Gegard Mousasi vs. Vitor Belfort
Andrei Arlovski vs. Fedor Emelianenko (WAMMA Heavyweight Champion)