October 5, 2010

Cutting weight has truly become a science for a lot of mixed martial artists hoping to drop a few extra pounds, and a weight division, to gain even the slightest advantage. One person who has been asked numerous times about a potential weight cut is former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Renato “Babalu” Sobral, who just recently fought at 195 pounds for a special catchweight fight against Robbie Lawler.

While Sobral is currently focused on his upcoming Dec. 4 match-up against Dan Henderson, which will take place in the light heavyweight division, the Brazilian hasn’t completely shut the door on a move to the middleweight class.

It’s just going to take more than the average fight to get him there.

“The 195 weight class, or 195 catchweight class was the perfect weight. Babalu dropping to 85 is unrealistic in the sense that his body type is not like that. Depending upon the time and the circumstances, if it’s a huge fight or a huge tournament, if it’s a huge opportunity at 85, then he would strongly consider it,” Richard Wilner, Sobral’s manager told

When the announcement was made that Sobral was even making the move to a catchweight fight against Lawler, many started to theorize if the former top 205-pounder could or would make the move to 185 pounds.

The door isn’t closed on the possibility, but as Wilner tells it, Sobral is very careful about what he eats and how he cuts weight, and if he’s going to do it, he’s going to do it the right way.

“We’re not cutting 20 pounds in a sauna. Babalu’s very scientific about his diet and his nutrition, and we do it the right way where it’s done over time,” said Wilner.

How things go in his fight with Henderson in December might be the ultimate deciding factor in where Sobral’s next match-up takes place. Henderson is often seen as a “tweener” also, having fought as a rather large middleweight, but considered a smaller light heavyweight.

The middleweight division doesn’t currently lack much top-flight talent in Strikeforce, and while no opponent has been named for current champion Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, it would appear the line is already starting to form. The same can’t be said for the 205-pound division where Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante currently reigns as champion. There are no solid top contenders named yet for his first title defense.

The winner of Sobral and Henderson may get the call, but no matter what happens on Dec. 4, the possibility of the Brazilian making the move to middleweight still exists.