Kodiak MMA favorite Renato “Babalu” Sobral has signed a non-exclusive deal with the Xcess Fighting promotion. Babalu will debut with Xcess Fighting at the company’s 12 event but neither a location nor an opponent have been specfied.
"I am undeniably the biggest 'Babalu' fan that lives. Xcess Fighting believes he has tremendous talent, and (we) are extremely proud to be able to get him back into he cage and in front of his fans so quickly," said Xcess Fighting spokesperson Bruce Bellocchi.
Since his departure from the UFC, Babalu sure hasn't been sitting idly by. Babalu has since signed with MMA agent Ken Pavia, with the Strikeforce promotion, and now with Xcess Fighting.
In a recent interview, Pavia discussed Babalu's Strikeforce plans: "He'll be fighting in San Jose. Looks like in late January. The deal is inked, but we still don't know about the opponent. We were hoping to walk into a title shot, but looks like we're going to have to get one fight in before we fight for the title."
Strikeforce is based in San Jose, so I'm curious to see what happens if Babalu loses his December Xcess Fighting match and makes his Strikeforce debut in the company's hometown after a loss in a much smaller promotion. Not that I think he'll lose, but you never know...
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