Thursday, August 30, 2007

UFC Releases Babalu Sobral

Sam Caplan of has reported that in a conference call earlier today, UFC president Dana White said that veteran mixed martial artist Renato "Babalu" Sobral has been released from his contract after Sobral refused to let go of an anaconda choke to opponent David Heath at UFC 74 last Saturday that left Heath unconscious. Whether Sobral will ever fight for the UFC again is still not certain.

This is probably a shitty way of looking at things, but Sobral, who did look impressive against the hard-hitting Heath, could now be billed (from a marketing perspective) as the perfect villain - should the UFC ever want him back. His actions at UFC 74 drew the ire of UFC management, fighters, and fans, and I'm sure that plenty of hype could be generated from his malicious performance this past weekend. Just a thought...

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