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War Babalu -- One Day to UFC 68

Well in spite of myself -- since the card looks to be filled with mis-matches -- I'm getting excited about UFC 68.

Mainly because I want to see Renato "Babalu" Sobral add to his highlight reel.

As Todd Martin of the L.A. Times said in their new  MMA Top 10 feature wherein he ranked Sobral at #8 Light Heavyweight in the world --  "He's likely still wondering what could have been if he didn't charge powerful counter-striker Liddell." Me too. Babalu matches up well against Chuck but his strategy in their re-match was terrible. Played right into Chuck's hands.

If he beats Lambert, I'd like to see Babalu fight Tito, Rashad, or Jardine next.

MMAHQ has a more in-depth preview of the fight:

We finally see Babalu Sobral back in the octagon, where he hasn't fought since his loss to Chuck Liddell at UFC 62 last August.  In that fight Liddell ended Sobral's rather impressive 10 fight winning streak rather convincingly.  I actually just rewatched that fight a few days ago, and to this day I still can not figure out what Sobral was trying to do in there.  Jason Lambert has had a nice streak himself winning 8 out of his last 9 fights against some pretty solid competition. This should be a good fight and Sobral will have his hands full.  In the end, I think Sobral's quickness and experience will be too much for Lambert.  Sobral by submission in the third round.

North Country Times has a good interview with Babalu's opponent, Jason Lambert.