While most employees would be pleased to hear their boss offer them a shot at the golden ticket if they perform, Renato “Babalu” Sobral wasn’t doing YES!!! cartwheels yesterday when Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker suggested a light heavyweight title shot awaits if he leaves Downtown LA with a win.
Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal captured the 205-pound crown when he abruptly ended Gegard Mousasi’s 15-fight winning streak at “Strikeforce: Nashville” en route to pulling off one of the biggest upsets in 2010.
Therein lies the problem for Babalu, as he often perfects his MMA skills at Mark Munoz’ Reign Training Center in Lake Forrest, CA – the same facility Lawal frequents. RTC also served as King Mo’s primary gym in his preparation for Mousasi, with Babalu actively participating in his training camp.
Immediately after Coker announced the June 16th main event would serve as a top contender bout, Sobral’s attorney/manager, Richard Wilner, made their position clear.
“For what it’s worth, if the question is, ‘Are we looking for a fight with Mo?’ with all due respect, the answer is, ‘No,’ because of our relationship with Mo,” Wilner matter-of-factly stated. “If that’s the fight on the table that the fans are clamoring for, then we’ll do what we have to do.
“If the question is, ‘Who do we want to fight?’ I can easily answer that question. The answer to that question is Dan Henderson and Gegard Mousasi.”
Props to Babalu for sticking to the MMA Guy Code; Bros before Belts.