Dan Henderson took a majority decision win over Renato “Babalu” Sobral in the finals of the “Rings: King of Kings” tournament in 1999. Things have changed quite a bit since their initial fight 10 years ago, as neither of the light heavyweights will be forced to post two victories earlier in the night in order to meet.
Prior to his win over the Brazilian, Hendo defeated Gilbert Yvel and then Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira to earn his spot in the main event.
Sobral beat Mikhail Illoukhine and Kiyoshi Tamura, respectively.
While what went down in Japan over a decade ago won’t have any impact on their rematch, it’s interesting to see how far the sport has come in such a short period of time. Long gone are the days of a MAJOR superstar competing multiple times in one card. Thankfully, the production value for MMA events have also experienced vast improvements.
Babalu was last seen handing Robbie Lawler a unanimous decision loss at “Strikeforce: Los Angeles” this past June, while Henderson is looking to rebound from a disappointing loss to Jake Shields in his debut for the San Jose, California based promotion.
“Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu II” takes place this Saturday inside the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri.
Please click the media players below to watch what started it all between the two MMA icons: