After yesterday’s Strikeforce event, it was announced that if Renato “Babalu” Sobral defeated Robbie Lawler, he would get a shot at the light heavyweight title currently held by King Mo Lawal. Problem is, Babalu is not only a training partner, but close friends as well with the current champ.
Following his win over Lawler, Babalu said he would not fight Lawal, but called out someone else instead;
“I won’t never punch and try to hurt my friends, but I would like to ask for a fight, and all the respect that I have, in the beginning of my career I fought Dan Henderson in Japan and lost to him,” Babalu said.
Now that Babalu is back on his winning track, he will not fight his friend Lawal, even though it means passing up a shot at the belt.
“I don’t want to disrespect, but I would like to fight him. It’s going to be 11 years since I fought him. It’s a long time, and please, it would be an honor to fight him again, to have the chance to fight Dan Henderson,” said Sobral.