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Sokoudjou confirms matchup vs. Sobral for Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning”

Affliction Entertainment has added a light heavyweight bout between Renato “Babalu” Sobral and former UFC and PRIDE star Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou to its “Day of Reckoning” event set for Jan. 24. spoke with Sokoudjou on Friday during the weigh-ins for the eighth season of The Ultimate Fighter, where he stated that he had signed the bout agreement to face Sobral and that the matchup is now official.

Reports of the bout surfaced earlier this week after Affliction prematurely released promotional materials to its website signifying the addition of the bout. However, Affliction Vice President Tom Atencio informed that while the fight was under discussion, that Sokoudjou had not formally signed.

Sobral, 31-7, last competed on November 21 during a Strikeforce event in San Jose, California. Facing the promotion’s then-incumbent light heavyweight champion Bobby Southworth, Sobral claimed his first major title following a TKO at the conclusion of the first round.

Prior to arriving in Strikeforce, Sobral had competed in the UFC, where he recorded notable victories over Chael Sonnen, Travis Wiuff, and Mike Van Arsdale. He was dismmised from the promotion following a second round submission victory over David Heath at UFC 74 for refusing to immediately release a choke.

Sokoudjou rose to stardom falling a pair of upset victories against top ten ranked light heavyweights during bis brief PRIDE tenure. Despite facing long odds heading into his bout at PRIDE 33 vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Sokoudjou managed to upset the native Brazilian with a knockout just 23 seconds into the bout.

The Cameroon native returned a couple of months later at PRIDE 34 in April of the same year and was matched up against another renowned Brazilian light heavyweight in Ricardo Arona. Despite his win over Nogueira, Sokoudjou was still pegged as the underdog. However, lightning struck twice with Sokoudjou knocking out Arona at 1:59 into the first round.

Sokoudjou eventually migrated to the UFC after Dream Stage Entertainment sold PRIDE to Zuffa. However, Sokoudjou’s tenure in the UFC was less than memorable and he was released following an October loss to Luis Cane at UFC 90.

In addition to the possibility of Sobral vs. Sokoudjou, “Day of Reckoning” is also slated to feature Fedor Emelianenko defending his WAMMA heavyweight title vs. former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski. Additional matchups include Matt Lindland vs. Vitor Belfort and Josh Barnett vs. Gilbert Yvel.

  • Bullylover says:

    if i were sobral i would take it straight to the mat .Sokoudjou may night be the best striker but he is to explosive and has to much power for babalu to be standing up with. he should be able to finish the fight on the mat without a problem. Can’t wait to see the linland/belfort fight’ is’s going to be dynamite.

  • Jeff says:

    If by second round submission victory over Jason Lambert you mean second round KO loss to Jason Lambert then I’d agree

  • JJ says:

    Hell yeah, Babalu by anything he wants on the ground.

    I really like Sokoudjou, but he won’t be getting a victory here.

  • Cathedron says:

    I hope Sokoudjou beats Sobral. I just don’t like Sobral at all. Thierry may be inconsistant, but at least he’s likeable. He’s also got a lot of potential and needs to stack up a few good wins.

  • tyler says:

    Babalu will win probably with a north/south choke.His jits is too good for Sokoudjou.

  • dualdiagnosis says:

    Babalu will completely break Sokoudjou. It will not be pretty.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    i love watching babalu
    looking to be a really good card

  • king mah mah says:

    Just another reason to support affliction. They’ll be getting my money in January.

  • Holofa says:

    Babalu will make short work of Sokoudjou!!

  • nate says:

    sweeeeeeeeeet matchup!

  • JOe K. says:

    I’ll buy this ppv if its in HD

  • Mark1 says:

    I feel sorry for Sokoudjou he is going to be totally owned by Babalu.

  • Evadmils says:


    Did you see the first Affliction card? It looked liked they borrowed cameras from 1982 to shoot that. They’d have to sink some more serious cash into the camera dept. to make it look only a little better.

    if it looks 10% better ill be happy.

  • KTru says:

    Sokoudjou must have something against Brazilian fighters…..
    I feel like I have to say that jokingly for the ones that are so defensive

    Babalu by whatever he wants


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