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Strikeforce Adds Gegard Mousasi vs. Renato 'Babalu' Sobral Title Fight



Picking through the wreckage of the scrapped Affliction Trilogy card, the Strikeforce MMA promotion has added a very good fight between Gegard Mousasi and Renato "Babalu" Sobral to its August 15 show. Although Mousasi-Sobral was originally slated to be part of the Affliction card, Babalu is actually Strikeforce's light heavyweight champion, so this will now be a title fight.

Last week, before Affliction canceled Trilogy, I suggested that Affliction should just combine its show -- including Babalu vs. Mousasi -- with the August 15 Strikeforce card. So I'm thrilled by this development, and hopeful that some more fighters who were scratched off the Affliction show can be added to the Strikeforce show.

Currently, Strikeforce has three title fights scheduled for August 15: Babalu-Mousasi, Josh Thompson vs. Gilbert Melendez for the lightweight title, and Gina Carano vs. Cris Cyborg in the main event for the inaugural women's 145-pound title. It's still possible that Strikeforce could add a couple more fights that were dropped from the Affliction show, and put together a card that would rival the two August UFC shows. Adding Babalu vs. Mousasi was an aggressive move by Strikeforce, and one that shows it's serious about giving MMA fans good fights.