Renato (ʀ̥e.ˈna.tu) "Babalu" Da Cunha Sobral (born September 7, 1975 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is a mixed martial arts fighter from Brazil, who has previously fought in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is a member of the Gracie Barra Combat Team with a professional MMA record of 30 wins and 7 losses, with 15 victories coming by way of submission. Some of his MMA achievements include defeating fighters Trevor Prangley, Mauricio Rua, and Jeremy Horn in a single night at IFC's Global Domination tournament.
Sobral is known throughout the UFC for his intense and grueling training regimen, which typically involves bench-pressing fellow workout partners, running up the steep mountains of Brazil and swimming 2000 meters in an hour.
At UFC 62, Sobral was defeated by Chuck Liddell in a bout for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. The match was stopped as a technical knockout at 95 seconds into the first round. Following his loss to Liddell, Sobral faced Jason Lambert at UFC 68. Sobral was knocked out in the second round. Sobral went on to defeat former UFC Heavyweight champion Frank Mir in a special submission grappling superfight at Tuff-N-Uff's "Unarmed Combat" event on June 22, 2007. Sobral won the bout by points (6-2).
On August 30, 2007, Sobral was released from his contractual obligations by the UFC due to his actions at UFC 74. UFC President Dana White called Sobral's actions "completely unacceptable. This is the fight game and shit happens. But no way can you do what he did." White also supported the fans attitude towards Sobral after the fight. "I think you saw the response from the fans. Babalu was a fan favorite. They turned on him immediately." Additionally, the Nevada State Athletic Commission withheld $25,000 of Sobral's $50,000 fight purse and convened a hearing to deal with both his holding the choke and ignoring Mazzagatti's orders.
Sobral was scheduled to fight fellow UFC veteran Vernon "Tiger" White in a match to crown the first WCO Light Heavyweight Champion. However, because the show's promoters were unable to secure adequate funding to pay the fighters, the show was canceled at the last minute by the California State Athletic Commission.
His nickname comes from a brand of bubblegum that he used to chew.
Sobral was also arrested on July 14, 2007 for misdemeanor battery and trespassing at the Seminole Indian Reservation Casino.
|7/19/2008||Win||Mike Whitehead||Affliction: Banned||Decision (Unanimous)||3||5:00|
|12/9/2007||Win||Rodney Faverus||Ring of Fire||Submission (Arm Triangle Choke)||1||?|
|8/25/2007||Win||David Heath||UFC 74: Respect||Submission (anaconda choke)||2||3:30||N.S.A.C fined Babalu $25,000 for initially refusing to release the hold. These actions resulted in Babalu's release from the UFC.|
|3/3/2007||Loss||Jason Lambert||UFC 68: The Uprising||KO (Punch)||2||3:36|
|8/26/2006||Loss||Chuck Liddell||UFC 62: Liddell vs Sobral||TKO (Strikes)||1||1:35||For UFC Light Heavyweight Championship|
|2/4/2006||Win||Mike Van Arsdale||UFC 57-Liddell vs Couture 3||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||1||2:21|
|10/7/2005||Win||Chael Sonnen||UFC 55-Fury||Submission (Triangle Choke)||2||1:20|
|4/16/2005||Win||Travis Wiuff||UFC 52-Couture vs Liddell 2||Submission (Armbar)||2||0:24|
|2/26/2005||Win||Pierre Guillet||Cage Rage 10-Deliverance||Submission (Strikes)||1||1:57|
|11/27/2004||Win||Cyrille Diabate||Cage Rage 9-No Mercy||Submission (Choke)||1||3:38|
|10/23/2004||Win||Jose Landi-Jons||JF 3-Jungle Fight 3||Decision (Unanimous)||3||5:00|
|9/6/2003||Win||Jeremy Horn||IFC-Global Domination||Decision (Unanimous)||3||5:00||IFC Light Heavyweight Tournament Final|
|9/6/2003||Win||Mauricio Rua||IFC-Global Domination||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||3||3:07||IFC Light Heavyweight Tournament Semi-Final|
|9/6/2003||Win||Trevor Prangley||IFC-Global Domination||Decision (Unanimous)||3||5:00||IFC Light Heavyweight Tournament Quarter-Final|
|7/31/2003||Win||Marcelo Azevedo||Heat FC 1-Genesis||Decision||3||5:00|
|11/22/2002||Loss||Chuck Liddell||UFC 40-Vendetta||KO (Head Kick)||1||2:55|
|7/13/2002||Win||Elvis Sinosic||UFC 38-Brawl at the Hall||Decision (Unanimous)||3||5:00|
|1/11/2002||Loss||Kevin Randleman||UFC 35-Throwdown||Decision (Unanimous)||3||5:00|
|8/11/2001||Loss||Fedor Emelianenko||RINGS-10th Anniversary||Decision (Unanimous)||2||5:00|
|6/15/2001||Win||Tsuyoshi Kohsaka||RINGS-World Title Series 2||Decision (Majority)||2||5:00|
|2/24/2001||Win||Kiyoshi Tamura||RINGS-King of Kings 2000 Final||Decision (Majority)||2||5:00|
|11/17/2000||Win||Maurice Smith||UFC 28 - High Stakes||Decision||3||5:00|
|10/9/2000||Loss||Valentijn Overeem||RINGS-King of Kings 2000 Block A||Submission (Toe Hold)||1||2:19|
|10/9/2000||Win||Tariel Bitsadze||RINGS-King of Kings 2000 Block A||Submission (Armbar)||1||2:58|
|6/15/2000||Win||Hiromitsu Kanehara||RINGS-Millennium Combine 2||Decision (Unanimous)||2||5:00|
|5/20/2000||Win||Jacob Zobnin||RINGS Russia-Rings Russia||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||1||3:20|
|4/20/2000||Win||Travis Fulton||RINGS-Millennium Combine 1||Submission (Armbar)||1||4:49|
|2/26/2000||Loss||Dan Henderson||RINGS-King of Kings 1999 Final||Decision (Majority)||2||5:00|
|2/26/2000||Win||Kiyoshi Tamura||RINGS-King of Kings 1999 Final||Decision (Majority)||2||5:00|
|2/26/2000||Win||Mikhail Illoukhine||RINGS-King of Kings 1999 Final||Submission (Armbar)||3||0:40|
|1/15/2000||Win||Brad Kohler||World Extreme Fighting - 8-Goin' Platinum||KO (Kick)||2||0:50|
|10/28/1999||Win||Lee Hasdell||RINGS-King of Kings 1999 Block A||Decision (Unanimous)||2||5:00|
|10/28/1999||Win||Zaza Tkeshelashvili||RINGS-King of Kings 1999 Block A||Submission (kimura)||2||1:11|
|7/24/1999||Win||Dario Amorim||BVF 14-Circuito Brasileiro de Vale Tudo 5||Submission (Punches)||1||2:14|
|7/24/1999||Win||Pedro Otavio||BVF 14-Circuito Brasileiro de Vale Tudo 5||Submission (Punches)||1||4:34|
|7/24/1999||Win||Augusto Menezes Santos||BVF 14-Circuito Brasileiro de Vale Tudo 5||Submission (Keylock)||1||0:56|
|1/20/1999||Win||Fernando Cerchiari||IVC 8-The Road Back to the Top||KO (Punches)||1||4:41|