A title bout between Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Renato “Babalu” Sobral and Gegard Mousasi originally scheduled for Affliction’s recently-canceled August 1 “Trilogy” event is now set to take place at Strikeforce’s August 15 card in San Jose, California.
Strikeforce announced the fight on Monday, officially adding it to the Showtime-televised card that also includes Gina Carano vs. Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos for the first-ever Strikeforce 145-pound women’s championship and a lightweight title unification between Josh Thomson and Gilbert Melendez.
Sobral (35-7) is currently riding a five-fight win streak that includes a second-round submission of Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou in January at Affliction: Day of Reckoning. After losing back-to-back UFC fights to then-champion Chuck Liddell and Jason Lambert, Sobral was cut by the promotion for failing to release a fight-ending submission in a win over David Heath. After wining back-to-back fights, “Babalu” won the 205-pound Strikeforce title last November with a first-round TKO (cut) of Bobby Southworth.
Mousasi (25-2-1) was crowned the first-ever DREAM middleweight champion by winning the promotion’s grand prix with a victory over Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, but vacated the title before his first defense to move up to light heavyweight. He was last in action in May at DREAM 9, defeating Mark Hunt via first-round submission in the opening round of DREAM’s Super Hulk open weight tournament.
[Pictured: Renato “Babalu” Sobral]