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ChinPieceDave667 08-30-2007 01:16 PM

Babalu Released From Ufc
 
This just goes to prove that if you act like an ass you might get the boot.

http://www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/...=4605&zoneid=2

He might be able to go to EliteXC if he's lucky.

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Originally Posted by Damon Martin - MMAWeekly.com
Renato “Babalu” Sobral has been released from his UFC contract after his behavior in the recent fight with David Heath as confirmed by UFC president Dana White during a media conference call earlier today.

Much speculation has gone into the possible punishment for Sobral after his actions in which he held onto a fight ending choke even after referee Steve Mazzagatti tried to get the fighter to release the hold.

Babalu may have sunk himself in an even deeper hole by making his post fight comments in which he stated he wanted to “teach him a lesson,” referring to Heath and their heated verbal exchange at the weigh-ins the day prior.

MMAWeekly spoke to Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer on Monday and he confirmed that at that time they had held up Babalu’s fight purse of $25,000 pending the investigation into the incident.

Kizer stated that he planned on re-watching the bout between Sobral and Heath and then would make a decision whether or not to file a complaint against Babalu at that point.

Kizer was unavailable for comment today regarding the athletic commission’s next plan of action for Sobral.

This news comes on the heels of White’s original statement at the UFC 74 post fight press conference in which he stated, “I am not happy about it. If you have an arm or leg of somebody in a submission where somebody seriously injures somebody, you'll never be back in UFC again.”

Word from Heath’s camp on Monday was that the fighter was okay physically and was more upset about his own performance than anything surrounding the controversy at the end of the fight.

Babalu’s release sets a precedent in the UFC that actions that could potentially harm another fighter, especially when they are as blatant as what Sobral did and then said, can cause a fighter to be let go from a UFC contract.

White did follow up by not ruling out the possibility of Babalu returning to the UFC in the future, but did say the Brazilian fighter made a huge mistake with his actions last Saturday night.

No word has come out of Babalu’s camp since the dismissal from the UFC.


EricT 08-30-2007 01:29 PM

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This news comes on the heels of White’s original statement at the UFC 74 post fight press conference in which he stated, “I am not happy about it. If you have an arm or leg of somebody in a submission where somebody seriously injures somebody, you'll never be back in UFC again.”
I'm a little confused by that statement. I take it he means if you refuse to let go after a tapout and the referee's demand and not just in a general way, right?

In which case Royce Gracie should have been kicked out way back when.

ChinPieceDave667 08-30-2007 01:54 PM

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Originally Posted by Eric3237
I'm a little confused by that statement. I take it he means if you refuse to let go after a tapout and the referee's demand and not just in a general way, right?

Pretty much if the referee tells you to stop, you better stop or you're out of here.

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Originally Posted by Eric3237
In which case Royce Gracie should have been kicked out way back when.

Way back when, the UFC wasn't a sanctioned body and had no real rules to protect fighters. If he were to try that now, when there are rules to protect fighters, he'd be out.

EricT 08-30-2007 02:00 PM

Gotcha.


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