Renato Sobral's Blogs
Mousasi/Sobral Moved to Strikeforce
By: Jake Rossen
Renato Sobral and Gegard Mousasi, two light heavyweights forced off the Affliction’s Titanic last week, are on solid footing once more: Strikeforce has picked up the bout intact for their Aug. 15 show in San Jose, Calif.Read more
Fortuitous, since the card has had its share of problems: Nick Diaz is now without an opponent thanks to Joe Riggs dropping out; Josh Thomson made noise during an MMAJunkie radio spot that he may postpone (again) a bout with Gilbert Melendez to later in the year; Alistair Overeem re-injured his hand, scrapping a title bout with Fabricio Werdum.
There are suddenly a lot of in-shape replacements available, but whether A). Strikeforce is capable of matching their salary requests, or B).
Impressions from Affliction Presser
By: Loretta Hunt
There wasn’t much in the way of first impressions at Affliction and M-1 Global’s press conference for Affliction III “Trilogy,” which will be held on Aug. 1 at the Honda center in Anaheim, Calif.Read more
Fedor Emelianenko’s opponent, Josh Barnett, did not attend. Affliction VP Tom Atencio said Barnett had travel issues making his way up from Orange County –- pretty understandable if you’ve ever had to deal with the unpredictable L.A. traffic.
Without Barnett, whose on-point commentary and analysis makes him one of the sport’s better interviews, it is hard to get a detailed dialogue going, though that the fight matches the No. 1 and No. 3 world-ranked heavyweights says a lot on its own.
One interesting tidbit revealed by the stoic Emelianenko himself –- this is the last fight on his Affliction contract.
Notes on the Affliction M-1 Global Presser
By: Joe Hall and Ed Mulholland for Affliction Entertainment
Affliction M-1 Global “Trilogy” is scheduled for Aug. 1 in Anaheim, Calif. Fedor Emelianenko headlines against Josh Barnett, and Gegard Mousasi meets Renato “Babalu” Sobral in what Affliction described Wednesday as the co-main event. It’s a solid card. Notes from the news conference in New York:Read more
• The conference was delayed briefly because Babalu was in the bathroom.