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Affliction Banned: Renato Sobral vs. Mike Whitehead

Renato Sobral (29-7-0) vs. Mike Whitehead (20-5-0)

As Mike Whitehead made his way to the ring, Frank Trigg noted that he was 273 in April. Trigg mentioned that Whitehead, weighing in yesterday at 206, is probably at 235 today. That’s just insane.

Round 1: Whitehead looked much bigger than Babalu here. Most of the round was on their feet, with neither doing much damage. The crowd chanted ‘Babalu’ late in the first round and Babalu took Whitehead down but they quickly got up. Tough to call, I’d go 10-9 Sobral.

Round 2: Whitehead controlled most of the fight on the ground after taking Babalu down, but wasn’t able to do any damage. Babalu actually did more damage underneath than Whitehead did. They were stood up and Babalu controlled position and got some good kicks on Whitehead to finish the round. 10-9 Sobral.

Round 3: Babalu came out with some high kicks. Mike Whitehead grabbed Babalu and they went outside the ropes with Babalu getting Whitehead in a guillotine in the process. Because they were outside the ring, Babalu had to break the hold and they were back in the center of the ring. Whitehead again took Babalu down and again they went through the ropes, and were brought back in. Both men got a minute to rest as they fixed the ring rope so they don’t go through again. Whitehead took Babalu took it to the ground again, and Babalu went for a guillotine and a triangle. They were brought back to their feed. With 40 seconds left in the round, Babalu hit a couple of straight kicks to Whitehead’s face. Babalu kept hitting a bunch of knees to Whitehead as the fight came to a close, and WWE’s the Undertaker was shown looking on. Another 10-9 round for Babalu. I see it a 30-27 fight for Babalu, although I could see some judges giving Round 1 to Whitehead.

Winner via unanimous decision with all judges scoring it 30-27: Renato “Babalu” Sobral