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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