While Strikeforce’s heavyweight division has been receiving a lot of attention as of late, one of the company’s other bare-boned weight-classes relates to that below the big boys. Still absent of a champion, there are only a handful of significant scrappers at 205 pounds.
That relatively elite group was apparently lessened by one this week, sources close to Renato Sobral have revealed “Babalu” is indeed done with Strikeforce and has moved on to compete under the ONE FC banner.
News of his signing was reported by MMAWeekly.
ONE FC is based out of Singapore and features PRIDE-style rules including soccer kicks and stomps to downed opponents.
Sobral has fought in the Far East numerous times in career, particularly towards the earlier part as a member of the RINGS roster. The 36-year old is also a UFC veteran who holds an overall record of 36-9 including past wins over Robbie Lawler, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, Chael Sonnen, and Mauricio Rua. His last fight came in December 2010 when he was knocked out by Dan Henderson.
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MMATraining Take: Not a bad place for Sobral to land since he’s on the tail-end of his career. However, Strikeforce could have definitely benefited from his moderate name value given the fact they have about as many quality 205ers as they do 135-pound females.