This Friday Renato "Babalu" Sobral will be fighting for the Strikeforce light heavyweight title against reigning champion Bobby Southworth. Babalu is training hard and he's confident. Earlier this week he said:
“On Friday, the world will learn what Bobby already knows – that this was the biggest mistake of his career.”
Can't really argue with that. I think Bobby is in for a long, tough night and I see Sobral wearing the crown after it's all over. I'm certain that Babalu is training hard for this fight. The proof is in the brand new gym he just opened in Cerritos, California. It's already loaded with students and training partners. Many of the students are young kids. And although it may seem incongruous with his image, Babalu makes sure to teach them all personally about his beloved Brazilian ju jitsu.
“It is important to me that they receive the best instruction possible so that they learn the fundamentals of this art. I want to share with them something that has been a guiding force in my life.”
That's a very lovely sentiment. And just imagine how cool it would be to have your kid learn BJJ from the one and only Babalu Sobral. Or should I say, newly crowned Strikeforce light heavyweight champion, Babalu Sobral? We'll see in a couple of days. In the meantime, here are some exclusive pics of his new training center. [gallery]


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