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.
Affliction has yet to issue an official comment regarding the possible Sobral vs. Mousasi showdown. However, both fighters have been advertised for the event and a formal announcement by Affliction Vice President Tom Atencio could be made as soon as Wednesday during a scheduled press conference in New York.
Whoa! Talk about finding a quality replacement! Gegard Mousasi was originally scheduled to fight Vitor Belfort, however, Belfort did not want to fight at a catchweight. As stated, Babalu is the current Strikeforce LHW champion and Mousasi is currently ranked in MMA4Real's top ten at MW(although he's announced he wants to move up in weight). A win against Babalu would probably be bigger than a win over Belfort would at this point. If this fight is officially announced, how do you see it going?