On December 4th Strikeforce will enter the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri to presentHenderson versus Babalu 2. This event features a number of matchups that may shed some light on the title hunts currently going on in the Strikeforce weight classes.
Dan Henderson will move back to the Light Heavyweight division to face MMA legend Renato “Babalu” Sobral. Henderson is coming off of a disappointing debut in which he was defeated by former middleweight champion Jake Shields. In that fight he had the fight in his control from the start but lost steam as the battle continued, which allowed Shields to dominate the later rounds. “Babalu” is returning to Strikeforce after defeating Robbie Lawler this past June in Los Angeles. These MMA veterans have faced each other before, but that contest took place in 2000 at the Rings – King of Kings finals. Since then both fighters have competed in other organizations including Pride and the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A victory for either Henderson or Babalu will help solidify their claim as a contender for Rafael Cavalcante’s light heavyweight title.
Robbie Lawler will face off against Matt Lindland in another matchup that places two mixed martial arts veterans on opposite sides. Lawler, a former EliteXC Middleweight Champion, brings a 17-6 win loss record into the event. Lindland comes into the event with a 22-7 record that boasts wins over such names as Jeremy Horn, Carlos Newton and Travis Lutter. Viewers can expect this fight to stay action packed because both fighters are known for their willingness to stay tight in the pocket. Lawler will need a victory to replace his most recent outing, a defeat at the hands on “Babalu” Sobral. Lindland last competed at Strikeforce Challengers 8, where he defeated Kevin Casey by TKO.
In the fight that may steal the show, perennial power punches, Scott Smith and Paul Daley will meet in a welterweight matchup. Daley, who may be infamously known for the post fight punch he threw at Josh Koscheck at UFC 113, is riding a two fight win streak as he makes his Strikeforce debut. Smith, a former UFC competitor, is coming off a defeat by Taekwondo specialist Cung Le in their highly anticipated rematch. This is Smith’s first Strikeforce fight at welterweight and he plans to stay at this weight class. With a combined 32 victories that have come from either a KO or TKO, many are expecting this fight to end violently.
Injuries have wrecked three other highlighted fights that were set to take place at Henderson versus Babalu 2. An elbow injury has forced Valentijn Overeem, older brother of Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Allistar, out of his matchup with Antonio ‘Big Foot” Silva. As of November 28th a replacement has not been announced. Former Heisman Trophy winner and professional football star, Hershel Walker was removed from the card after Strikeforce was informed of a cut he sustained while training. The 48-year old MMA newcomer was victorious in his debut against Greg Nagy this past January. An eye injury has caused Jesse Finney from the card as well. He was set to fight in front of his hometown, but was injured during training and will require surgery.
Strikeforce: Henderson versus “Babalu” 2 will be available through Pay per View outlets. Check your local television providers for more information on how to order the event.
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