Impressed with Babalu
Okay it's no secret that i'm a huge Babalu fan, but when the fight was announced I immediately thought of the Lambert fight, the second Chuck fight and Robbie's fight with Manhoef.
I still thought Babalu would submit Lawler or win a decision by grappling, but the fact that he out- struck Robbie Lawler is hugely impressive. The one fault that everyone sees in Sobral is that he likes to get into sloppy exchanges with counter-punchers, in this fight he used his reach, and slowed Lawler down with kicks to the legs and body. To be honest, his stand-up was good against Whitehead and Sokodjou but at 195 he looked good and cardio wasn't really an issue. I do think a cut to 185 would lead to cardio problems though.
Do you think he should try the 185 cut or move back to 205? The fact he won't fights Mo means he could even get some more catch-weight fights under his belt before deciding.
Always appreciating the fine workings of Sakara, Almeida, Gonzaga