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Renato Sobral Complements One FC And Says He Would Fight Every Month | MMA News

By Jamie McAllister
Renato Sobral comments to MMAMania.

After eighteen months out Renato Sobral returned and defeated the number one 205-pound fighter in Asia Tatsuya Mizuno via submission in just over 30seconds. Afterwards he had nothing but good things to say about the promotion One FC.

“I had a wonderful time in Malaysia and Victor and his team were very professional and produced an event which seemed to function seamlessly. I would like to say thank you to Victor and everyone at ONE FC and I can’t wait to fight for ONE FC again.”

“Victor and the rest of his team at ONE FC were great. A promoter’s job is to put butts in seats. It is my job to train to fight and fight. When a promoter does his job, the show should sell out and I hope all those in attendance realize that I did my job.”

Babalu expects to return to action at ONE FC: ‘Pride of a Nation’ which is being held at the 16,500 Araneta Coliseum on August 31st. A potential opponent could be Melvin Manhoef who he was originally slated to face in Singapore. However Sobral has stated previously he would be willing to fight anywhere between Middleweight and Heavyweight as long as he has time to properly prepare.

“My attorney, Richard Wilner, is in discussions about this with Victor and my position is this: I will fight anyone that makes sense. I would be delighted to fight in Manila and I am already back in training for the potential opportunity on the 31st.”

Although the fight with Mizuno only lasted 30 seconds Sobral did receive a minor injury and was lucky Renzo Gracie was on hand to fix the problem.

“The straight right Mizuno threw didn’t hurt me, though it was a good punch. I was off balance when I was struck and it caused me to fall. The punch he hit with me on the ground did hurt my nose a little bit, in fact, it made it a little bit crooked. Renzo (Gracie) was kind enough to straighten it out for me after the fight.”

When the One FC Light-Heavyweight title is eventually introduced it will be hard to look past Sobral but he admits belts are not his priority in the sport.

“While honor in holding belts, I do not fight for belts. I fight for my family. It is how I make my living, if the belt is on the line, even better, but I will fight anywhere, anytime against anyone who makes sense.”

The One FC rules are an amalgamation of the unified rules and the Pride rules and allow soccer kicks, stomps or knees to the head of a grounded opponent and this is something Babalu can’t wait to try out.

“My background is no holds barred. It is who I am and what I love, I am all about it. I come from a soccer country, however I am terrible at playing soccer, so soccer kicks in the cage are the closest I will ever come to playing professional soccer. I like the opportunity to use knees on the ground, too.”

Fighting is in his blood and Babalu states he would fight every month if he could.

“I would fight every month if I could. The only reason I have not been fighting regularly is injury, it was not my choice. If ONE FC is doing 18 shows in 2013 then I will fight 18 times if they let me!”

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14 Responses to “Renato Sobral Complements One FC And Says He Would Fight Every Month | MMA News”

  1. Wrestler66 says:

    One FC is on the up I really hope they can eventually contend with the likes of the UFC at least on some level

  2. stephen riddle says:

    Pride style rules = awesomness

  3. Unarmed Spectator says:

    The UFC needs One FC and other competitors to succeed. It’s like MMA minor leagues. These fighters didn’t choose One FC over the UFC, they just couldn’t agree to a contract. Everyone wants into the UFC, who the f**k wants to play in the Canadian Foosball League and not the NFL?…

    • danielrchargers says:

      Do a fred jackson and work in the Minors… get you’re name out there…. get a contract with the NFL. BOOM. same with the UFC
      work at ONE FC…. get you’re name out there… get a contract with the UFC. BOOM!

    • Xaninho says:

      Bibiano Fernandes is the most recent one. He turned down UFC and signed with One FC…

    • jones says:

      @spectater you idiot..many guys dont wanna be in the ufc ..they dont wanna fight in usa and also they dont want to be owned and be told what they can n cant do all the time,,,like shinya aoki..shinya would do ok in the ufc but he wont ever go there..he does not want to be there…so your bullshit ass is wrong

      • Unarmed Spectator says:

        @Jones I guess they don’t have ambissions of being the best just fighting to fight. That’s cool if its what they want, but don’t you think that if you had a chance to go to the Olympics or play in the NFL because your talent is there passing because you don’t want to fight in the USA (pretty sure they had UFC events throughout the WORLD to include Asia) is a poor excuse and lame reply from you. Sorry me no speeky engrish!!!

        • Thurgood Jenkins says:

          Apparently you don’t speak English. The fuck is an ambission???

          And your Olympics example is highly irrelevant. An Olympian does not choose which country to participate for like an athlete would choose a “league” or a “promotion” based on the nature and quality of competition. He or she competes for his or her own country regardless of where the event is being held. It’s completely different than the context in which you are using it.

        • Unarmed Spectator says:

          *Ambition my bad English is my third language Ebonics and Pig Latin come first Ya no wat I meen! Sorry about comparing it to the Olympics I was watching the qualifier for Mens Synchronized Swimming and had Olympics on my mind. Ultimately I just wanted to put fourth the point in regards to the thing about that stuff that the conversation was intertwined with and untangled the dilemma regarding the situation. To quote the great Bob Marley “No woman no cry!”

  4. Phantom weight says:

    One fc is good for mma,the fighters,and fans heres why.first up are the fighters,after a ufc vet gets cut were does he go to earn a decent living?as fans were do we go to see said ufc vet fight?we need these smaller organizations for these reasons point is if the ufc was the only guy in town puttin on fights we wouldnt be able to watch guys like rumble,marquardt,daley,diaz(before ufc call up)cormier,rousey,melendez ect.

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