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Sobral unseats Southworth to become Strikeforce champion

Originally Published: November 22, 2008
By Danny Acosta | Sherdog.com

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Renato Sobral unseated Bobby Southworth as light heavyweight champion in a high-octane fight that ended prematurely in the Strikeforce "Destruction" main event Friday.

With fans firmly behind him, the San Jose-based titleholder scored with an immediate takedown against Sobral and stifled the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt on the ground. A loose attempt at a transition from Sobral allowed Southworth to control the action further before the two men returned to their feet.

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