It appears as though the light heavyweight title bout between champ Renato “Babalu” Sobral and Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante is no more. Babalu has decided to pull out of the scrap because the due date for his child falls too close to the June 6th event.
Monday evening, Babalu’s manager, Richard Wilner, confirmed his client’s status for the St. Louis, Missouri show.
“When the fight was originally proposed, it was for a May date that was kind of up in the air. Strikeforce used that date for the (ShoMMA: Strikeforce Challengers) show, then told us the date was going to change to June 6,” Wilner said. “We basically said okay, but about three days after that, the doctor’s confirmed that Babalu’s baby was meant to be born on May 24. Then we immediately told Scott Coker and Strikeforce. The fight was then postponed to the August show.”
Cavalcante will remain on the card, however no opponent has yet to be named. He and his camp are still hopeful for a shot at Babalu’s strap sometime later this year.
In his Strikeforce debut last November, Babalu jacked the title from then-champion Bobby Southworth via TKO. The UFC veteran seems to have revitalized his career since leaving the organization. He is perfect through his last five bouts, four of which were outside of the Octagon.
Cavalcante is one of the division’s brightest stars. He currently holds a 7-1 record, and will be riding a three-fight winning streak into his June 6th tilt.