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Report: Strikeforce light heavyweight title fight between Babalu and Feijao now off

A Strikeforce light heavyweight title defense by Renato “Babalu” Sobral against Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante that had been scheduled for June 6 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, MO has been postponed.

According to a report by MMA Weekly Radio, the Sobral vs. Cavalcante match was called off several weeks ago due to the fact that Sobral’s wife is scheduled to give birth on or around May 24. quotes Sobral’s manager Richard Wilner as saying that Sobral originally consented to the match vs. Feijao for a tentative May date that later was booked at a ShoMMA event. Soon after learning that Strikeforce had moved the title fight to June 6, Strikeforce officials were informed about Sobral’s lack of availability and moved the fight to a date in August.

In the interim, Feijao is expected to remain on the June 6 event against an unnamed opponent.

Feijao, 7-1, has not competed since EliteXC’sUnfinished Business” event this past July. Facing then-King of the Cage light heavyweight champion Travis Galbraith, Feijao improved his win streak to three after recording a TKO at 3:01 of round 1. The former IFL veteran went 3-0 while competing under the EliteXC banner with all victories coming via TKO or KO in the first round.

Sobral, 32-7, is currently on a five fight win streak that includes winning the Strikeforce light heavyweight title following a first round TKO victory over then-champion Bobby Southworth during Strikeforce’s “Destruction” event this past November.

The former UFC veteran has also recorded wins on both of Affliction’s events. Facing Mike Whitehead at “Affliction: Banned” this past July, Sobral recorded a unanimous decision win. His most recent fight took place in January at “Affliction: Day of Reckoning,” where he submitted Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou with a Brabo choke at 2:36 of round 2.

Strikeforce’s June 6 event will be headlined by former EliteXC champion Robbie Lawler facing former EliteXC welterweight champion Jake Shields. A welterweight bout between Phil Baroni and Joe Riggs is set to be featured for the event as well.

  • Meers311 says:

    That sucks! I was really looking forward to that fight on the card, and the card as a whole was shaping out to be pretty good. Unless they get a surprise opponent to replace Babalu that is going to hurt this card.

  • Bullylover says:

    I was looking forward to bablu handling business again. I hope Ortiz comes back and faces Bablu. Bablu would tear his ass up. Since his departure from the ufc Bablu has been on a roll. I hope to see him defend his belt soon.

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Ortiz will replace him I bet ya.

  • Jstew3785 says:

    Babalu would destroy Feijao, Ortiz, or any other light heavyweight in StrikeForce/Affliction. I was really looking forward to seeing Babalu again also. Ortiz won’t replace him, I think he’s under contract with the UFC until July and he just recently said it would be another six months before he was ready.

  • meatloaf says:

    Ortiz doesn’t have any fights left on his contract with the UFC, but if he signs a contract with another promotion before June 1st to fight then the UFC has a right to match the offer.

    Which is why he most likely won’t sign a contract till at least June which isn’t a big deal since he said he won’t be able to compete until August.

    Oh and Babalu wouldn’t “destroy” Ortiz or Feijao for that matter.
    The light heavyweight division in Strikeforce is a lot better than you think if you think.

    He had his hands full with Bobby Southworth until it was stopped for a cut.
    Not to mention he was TKO’d by Jason Lambert in the UFC and if Lambert can pound him out then imagine what Tito would do to him with his ground n pound.

  • RU486 says:

    It is all but official that Tito will join Strikeforce, and it makes perfect sense for him. He doesn’t have what it takes to rule the UFC any longer. And with the rapid rise in popularity of Strikeforce, by the end of the year, the organization could be giving the UFC a run for their money. Scott Coker is that brilliant and markets the organization well. Tito does however have what it takes to rule Strikeforce for a few years. Babalu is the only legitimate threat for Tito at LHW in the organization, and I see Tito making Renato look awfully bad.


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