With all the buzz surrounding Josh Barnett's failed drug test and his replacement to face Fedor Emelianenko, a very important and exciting match up is being lost in the shuffle.
Gegard Mousasi makes his US debut and faces a very tough veteran opponent in Renato "Babalu" Sobral.
Sobral, a jiu-jitsu fighter, who infamously held a choke for a "bit" too long on David Heath during UFC 74 is a crafty veteran. Sobral has a 35-8 record with 17 of his wins coming via submission.
Mousasi is an up and coming fighter that many promotions are keeping a keen eye on. Currently fighting at light heavyweight, Mousasi was previously the Dream middleweight champion and is currently participating in the Dream Superhulk Tournament where he weighed in at 218 lbs.
Mousasi, 25-2-1 in MMA, has a strong boxing base but is ever improving his all around game by training with Fedor Emelianenko and the Red Devil Sport Club.
With 14 knockouts to his record, Mousasi will likely look to keep the fight standing but should be more than prepared if the fight goes to the ground.
While Mousasi has stated that he's excited to fight in the US, he isn't looking to make this his home as he likes fighting for different organizations around the world. He currently plans on fighting at light heavyweight for awhile but plans on letting his body grow so he can eventually move to heavyweight.
Even with some of the luster being gone from the overall Affliction Trilogy card, I've been excited for this fight since it was announced and look forward to it most of all.