by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
It has been confirmed to MMAWeekly.com that a light heavyweight showdown will take place at UFC 74 between David Heath and Renato “Babalu” Sobral. This will mark the return of both fighters since suffering losses in their last respective UFC appearances.
For Renato “Babalu” Sobral this will be the chance to redeem his last performance, a TKO loss to Jason Lambert at UFC 68 in Columbus, Ohio. After dominating Lambert for much of the first round, Babalu got caught late in the session and was hurt as the round ended. In the second, Lambert wasted no time pursuing and finishing Babalu with strikes.
David Heath is also coming off the first loss of his career, a three-round unanimous decision against highly touted light heavyweight, Lyoto Machida. Heath was disappointed in his performance in that bout and hopes to bounce back with a win over the previously top ten rated Babalu.
No word yet if this fight will make the main card or the undercard of the event that will feature UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture against #1 contender Gabriel Gonzaga and a welterweight match-up between former champion Georges St-Pierre and Josh Koscheck.
UFC 74 will take place on Aug. 25 at the Mandalay Bay events center in Las Vegas.
Bouts officially announced for UFC 74:
-Randy Couture vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
-Georges St-Pierre vs. Josh Koscheck
-Joe Stevenson vs. Kurt Pellegrino
Rumored bouts not announced by the UFC:
-Renato “Babalu” Sobral vs. David Heath
-Travis Lutter vs. Ryan Jensen
-Patrick Cote vs. Kendall Grove