Babalu Sobral dominates Robbie Lawler for a Unanimous Decision victoryPosted on June 16, 2010, 11:42 PM by Anton Gurevich
Former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Babalu Sobral and the former Elite XC Middleweight King Robbie Lawler squared off in a headlining action at Strikeforce: Los Angeles. Sobral entered the cage after a year-long layoff, with a mission to climb his way back to the top of the Strikeforce LHW ranks.
In the First Round, Renato Sobral displayed a very effective strategy of ‘modern mma’, working his way by clinching at the fence and using dirty boxing. Lawler managed to shake off Sobral’s takedown attempts, displaying improved wrestling skills. Lawler delivered most of the damage in the first round of the fight, punishing Sobral on his feet.
Second round was a quite different story. Robbie Lawler did not look as aggressive as he was in the first round on his feet, allowing Babalu to completely control the pace. Sobral unleashed his fury with kicks and striking combos, dominating Robbie Lawler at his own game.
Robbie Lawler was a little bit more serious in the third round, possibly knowing that he has to deliver a knockout if he wants to live the Nokia Theatre victorious. “Ruthless” Lawler came out guns blazing against Sobral, rocking the Brazilian several times in the process. But despite being rocked, Sobral managed to keep his distance and respond with striking combo’s of his own.
At the end, Renato “Babalu” Sobral won a well-earned Unanimous Decision, getting a 29-28, 29-28, 29-28 victory on the judges’ scorecards. Renato Sobral improves his record to 36-8, successfully bouncing back from a defeat against Gegard Mousasi.