Moments after narrowly beating Robbie Lawler, former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Renato “Babalu” Sobral passed on an opportunity to push for a title shot against reigning champ and buddy Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal. Instead, he asked for a bout with MMA legend Dan Henderson.
“I won’t ever punch and try to hurt my friends, but I would like to ask for a fight … In the beginning of my career, I fought Dan Henderson in Japan and lost to him,” Sobral said during a post-fight interview. “I don’t want to disrespect, but I would like to fight him.
“It would be an honor to fight him again, to have the chance to fight Dan Henderson.”
Henderson won a majority decision against “Babalu” over 10 years ago in Japan’s Rings organization and Sobral feels that now is the perfect time to avenge that loss.
Throughout tonight’s “Strikeforce: Los Angeles” broadcast, Showtime’s announce team kept mentioning the fact that the winner of the Sobral/Lawler bout would earn a title shot in their respective division – per Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker.
“King Mo” captured the crown by posting a dominating win over Gegard Mousasi at “Strikeforce: Nashville.” Coincidentally, it was Sobral who Mousasi beat to win the title.
Sobral and “King Mo” have both spent time training at Mark Munoz’ Reign Training Center in Lake Forest, California and have become fairly good friends in the process.
It looks like Dana White isn’t the only one who has a problem with friends who don’t want to fight each other.