According to reports, the highly anticipated light heavyweight scrap between Dan Henderson and Renato “Babalu” Sobral will take place on a yet-to-be announced Strikeforce event on December 4th. Former NFL running back Herschel Walker is also expected to participate in the Showtime broadcast.
MMAJunkie.com confirmed with sources close to the situation that the 205-pounders will meet inside the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri.
Moments after narrowly beating Robbie Lawler at “Strikeforce: Los Angeles” this past June, Babalu passed on an opportunity to challenge then-champ and buddy Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal for his crown. Instead, he had redemption on his mind as he called for the MMA legend.
“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 took a majority decision against Babalu over 10 years ago in Japan’s Rings organization.
Henderson is looking to rebound from a disappointing debut for the San Jose, California based promotion. After bouncing from the UFC for a more suitable contract with Strikeforce, he was immediately rewarded with a title fight against then-middleweight champ Jake Shields.
Instead of steamrolling the grappler like everyone anticipated, Hendo appeared to gas in the later rounds and suffered a unanimous decision loss for his troubles.
It had been rumored the heavyweight matchup between Fedor Emelianenko and Antonio Silva would also take place on the December 4th event, but it appears January may have become the front-runner to host the Russian’s return to action.
FYI – “The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale” will be jumping off in Las Vegas, Nevada that same December 4th evening. The event will air free on Spike TV.