I remember reading an article on MMA Junkie yesterday where Sokoudjou claimed his conditioning problems were done with, which just goes to show that you can’t just trust fighters when they say they’ve patched holes. Sokoudjou came out strong in round 1, bullying Babalu around the ring and throwing hard punches. But once the second round started, he stalled out hardcore and allowed Babalu to drag him down.
From there it was game over … Babalu crawled all over him by the ropes until Big John moved the fight back into the middle of the ring. Sok was absolutely knackered and it wasn’t long after that that Babalu locked in achoke and tapped him out.
Babalu looked a lot better in this fight than he did against Mike Whitehead … he was aggressive and kept on Sokoudjou even when Sokoudjou was pressuring back. While you can pretty much blame this loss on Sok’s gas tank, you still gotta give props to Babalu for smelling blood and taking him out so easily.