there is not a dout in my mind tito would tap against sobral. tito doesnt have the take down defense to save his life from babalu. tito just striked with forest and almost lost how he even think hes going to strike with liddell. at this time there isnt many people alive that can strike with liddell that are 205lbs.
as for babalu vs liddell 2 i think babalu took a chance. thinking like liddell who was probaly reminding him self that this guy cant trade with me so i got to watch for the take down. and thinking that babalu came out strikeing switching liddels mind set to striking for thoes few seconds looking for a clinch or that big strike liddell throws for a take down. (knowing highest chance of winning is on ground)
if u ask me i think alot of fighting is in ur mind. and the most vulnerable time is befor the fight because both people are thinking clear they arnt just reacting there setting up what there going to do. but babalu being smart started first making liddell the reactor (risk liddell counter striking awsome)
everything in fighting has a risk there is almost always a counter for what ur apponet is doing. ("for every reaction there is an equal and opposite reaction" newton 3rd law)
and probaly the most important reason for doing it in the start is he is at full reaction spead and strength...not tired. his chances for a take down decresses as he gets tired. and i think he had to take the risk cause he probaly has 2 or 3 chances at the most with full strength. and i think liddell already had the strength advantage both fully healed.
if that makes any sense. im not am mma fighter just a back yard wrestler