Mixed martial arts veteran Renato “Babalu” Sobral is scheduled to rematch fellow veteran Dan Henderson tomorrow in the main event of Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu. CagePotato.com recently caught up with Sobral and asked him a variety of questions, including how he feels about conservative fighters and on making an eventual return to his former home in the UFC.
“Everybody has a different strategy, but [boring round-winning] fighters like that don’t go far,” Sobral said. “Fans watching live or on TV want to see fighters who put on exciting fights for the public. It’s not just about wins, it’s about the crowd and the [pay-per-view] buyers who want to keep watching the fights. I love to do what I’m doing, but why would I put my best into a fight if it’s going to be a sketchy fight? If it’s a sketchy loss, you shouldn’t fight.”
Sobral racked up a 6-4 record in the UFC, with wins over Maurice Smith, Elvis Sinosic, Travis Wiuff, Chael Sonnen, Mike Van Arsdale and David Heath and losses to Chuck Liddell (twice), Kevin Randleman and Jason Lambert. He was released from the UFC after holding onto a choke well after his opponent, David Heath, had tapped. When asked if he would like to make his way back to the UFC, Sobral said that he is happy in the Strikeforce promotion, but that he wouldn’t rule out returning to the Octagon.
“I haven’t thought about it. The UFC made me popular, and they will always be a part of my career and my life,” he said. “They’re always going to be a part of my history forever. Dana White took the sport to a different level. The Fertittas and Dana White made it what it is today. How can I say it…I don’t have any hard feelings for anybody. Who knows? We’ll see what happens. I’m in the house that I love right now.”
“Babalu” and Henderson will square off this weekend at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri.