Today the UFC announced that it had officially severed ties with the talented but controversial Renato “Babalu” Sobral for his actions at UFC 74.
Sobral was victorious this past weekend defeating David Heath by submission after a bloodbath of a second round but held onto the choke for several additional seconds after Heath tapped. The incident sparked boos from the crowd and harsh words from the Nevada State Athletic Commission, MMA journalists, and UFC President Dana White. Since then the NSAC has withheld half of his purse in the winning effort ($25,000) and is still considering additional penalties on top of a potential fine.
Today the ultimate blow was delivered to the fighter just 2 fights removed from facing Chuck Liddell for the light heavyweight title. Dana White announced during a pre-UFC 75 media call that the UFC had been released from his UFC contract. Though his return to the UFC in the future is not out of the question fans will not be seeing Sobral in the Octagon for some time.
The exact details of the release are not known as numerous reports had stated that Sobral’s UFC contract was completed with his fight against David Heath and that the organization was not going to resign him. Whether the UFC decided not to resign him or actually terminated his contract is up in the air but the fact remains that he was effectively fired for his actions and will be looking for work elsewhere.