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Mousasi Fighting Babalu Instead Of Belfort At Affliction ‘Trilogy’

Babalu SobralIt looks like Gegard Mousasi and Vitor Belfort never came to an agreement on a catchweight, because now word is Mousasi will taking on ‘Babalu’ Sobral instead at Affliction “Trilogy.”

With former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort refusing to agree to former DREAM middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi’s challenge to meet at a catchweight, a new opponent for Mousasi has been secured for his first-ever fight on U.S. soil to take place on at Affliction: Trilogy.

Sources close to Mousasi have informed www,M-1Global.com that current Strikeforce light heavyweight champion and former UFC competitor Renato “Babalu” Sobral is expected to finalized as his opponent.

MMA Junkie has also confirmed this story with Babalu’s people, so it’s definitely looking like a go. It’s possible an official announcement could be made this week at the Affliction press conference in NYC.

Should be a great test for Mousasi. An impressive victory over Babalu could go a long way in helping us forget about wanting to see him fight as a middleweight.

At this point, there’s no word on who Belfort might face. There really aren’t any good options outside of Affliction borrowing someone from Strikeforce, if that’s even an option.

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