Babalu hooked on fighting

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“When it’s time, you’re in there and have to deal with it. You see you have it in your power to seal the deal and, when it’s over, those are the best moments of your life because you feel alive. It’s hard to stop; it’s hard to escape. It’s an addiction.”

Renato Babalu will face Dan Henderson at Strikeforce in December. From the words above, one can tell the bout promises plenty of action. In the video below, from the Natural Born Fighter series, Babalu speaks of the adrenaline in fighting and prepares for his next challenge with coach Rafael Codeiro, Mark Munoz, and Gesias Cavalcante, among others.

“My father is not a fighter, but he gave me my first punching bag when I was six years old. Fighting comes naturally to me.”

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