Babalu "If I lose again I'm Done"

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Cobbs666
7/31/07 10:47:09PM
For some fighters, the Octagon is the only place where they can truly find peace. No matter what happens in their lives before the bell rings, whatever drama they’re dealing with outside the cage, a fight is a fight and everything else takes a back seat for those 15 or 25 minutes or less.

But for Renato ‘Babalu’ Sobral, the UFC’s Octagon has been anything but a sanctuary for him in his last two fights, as he was stopped in the first round by Chuck Liddell last August, and then suffered a second straight defeat when Jason Lambert knocked him out in the second round at UFC 68 in March. On August 25th, he will try to avoid a third loss in a row when he takes on David Heath at UFC 74 in perhaps the most pivotal bout of his eight year career.

“It’s a very important fight because I have to step away from my losses and I have to come back stronger,” said Sobral. “I’ve lost twice, and if I lose again, I’m pretty much done. It’s almost like a title shot.”



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MisFiT
8/1/07 12:15:50AM
He better win, I'm not ready to see him go, I know what he's feelin.
ocho-cinco
8/1/07 1:24:47AM
Babalu can't go, he's like the Undertaker of MMA, lol. But seriously I would hate to see him go, I think he's just in a rough patch, but he still has alot of fight left in him.
Lethal
8/1/07 2:10:40AM
I've always thought he's a great fighter. He's just never been able to reach that next level like many people know he can. I really hope he wins his next fight.
xphycorx
8/1/07 2:54:53AM
i think he'll take care of heath. he's a great fighter regardless. babaluuuuuu!!
Cobbs666
8/1/07 9:30:59AM

Posted by ocho-cinco

Babalu can't go, he's like the Undertaker of MMA, lol. But seriously I would hate to see him go, I think he's just in a rough patch, but he still has alot of fight left in him.



hahaha the undertaker of mma, best analogy ever, better the fight professor himself
brutalbones
8/1/07 10:06:32AM
Babalu is a beast but if he can't beat Heath he should retire.
Aether
8/1/07 11:33:33AM
I don't see how that would make him done... Losing to chuck liddell isn't exactly something to be embarrassed about. He really only had one bad fight against lambert, every fighter has a bad fight, it's just unfortunate that it happened after another loss to a top tier competitor.
TOMMYAYO05
8/1/07 7:51:10PM

Posted by Aether

I don't see how that would make him done... Losing to chuck liddell isn't exactly something to be embarrassed about. He really only had one bad fight against lambert, every fighter has a bad fight, it's just unfortunate that it happened after another loss to a top tier competitor.

i agree although he hasnt been GREAT his last couple of performances i mean every fighter has a bad fight here and there
GrandMaster313
8/1/07 8:39:30PM
Babalu is full of shit and he will be back regardless of the outcome...... which by the way is Babalu by Submission!
Piccosaur
8/2/07 1:52:35AM
He's fighting not to lose, yet when Tim does it you all can't stand the guy?
kevietre
8/4/07 12:45:39AM
I like Babalu and would be disappointed if he stopped fighting. At the same time i don't want to see him keep fighting if he continues to get ko'd.
gspgnp
8/4/07 12:17:46PM

Posted by Piccosaur

He's fighting not to lose, yet when Tim does it you all can't stand the guy?




Babalu will come out aggressive and try to finish Heath to ensure the win while fighting not to lose. Tim comes out passively and tries to safely win a defensive minded fight by keeping his opponent away with his jab and outpointing him for the decision while fighting not to lose.

There is a big difference between the two ways of 'fighting not to lose' and that is one of the main reasons Babalu has so many more fans than Tim.

I hope Babau puts on a clinic against Heath, I'm not ready to see him retire.
casey64
8/4/07 5:37:47PM
I hope he loses .
Branwest
8/5/07 12:40:43AM
Right before these two losses, Babalu had like eight straight wins. With that said, he still will never be the light-heavyweight champion. He is a great fighter and has given us many great fights over the last several years. I enjoy watching him, but the truth is, he'll never be a top-five LHW again. With the UFC/PRIDE consolidation and all the young new talent, he will never get the title or probably even a title shot. He has a lot of great fights left in him but you just don't see the killer instinct in him like you do in other fighters, like Shogun, etc. I don't think he'll retire for a couple more years, and I'll miss him when he does, but unlike other fighters (such as K.Shamrock), at least he'll probably know when to hang up the gloves.....
gspgnp
8/5/07 11:26:27AM
I think Babalu has a lot left in him, he just has to get over that mental roadblock that is Chuck. Babalu can match up well with almost any fighter in the world, unfortunately for him, Chuck will never be one of those fighters. The same goes for Tito vs Chuck and Chuck vs Rampage. Styles make fights and certain fighters have styles that are toxic for one reason or another to certain fighters.

In Babalu's last fight he should have finished Lambert, I just think his confidence was not with him for that fight when they closed that cage.

Let's not forget what a very focused and confident Babalu can do. This is the same fighter that has beaten Trevor Prangly, Jeremy Horn and Shogun in the same night. He is also a natural LHW and has also gone the distance with Fedor which is a feat that many lesser men have failed to accomplish.

I hope we have not seen the end of this "Babaluuuuuuuuuuuuu"!!!!!
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