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A day after it was announced that Renato “Babalu” Sobral would no longer be fighting for the UFC, the beleaguered Brazilian appeared in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Friday morning.

According to, the commission elected not to suspend Sobral but did not rule out a fine and will continue to withhold his $25,000 win bonus that he was due to receive following his win over David Heath at UFC 74 this past Saturday.

Richard Wilner, Sobral’s manager addressed the commission at length but Sobral also attended and spoke to the commission as well:

“When he tapped, I didn’t feel it. I then looked to the referee, and he shook my shoulder, and then I let him go. I didn’t understand why this whole thing happened. I’m kind of surprised that it happened, the crowd booing me and stuff like that. I don’t know, maybe it was from the blood. I don’t know. I would like to say sorry to David Heath and the UFC for bringing trouble to my sport that I love a lot. There’s one thing that I know how to do in my life is be a professional fighter. I don’t have like a regular job.”

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  • garth says:

    He’s a liar too, then. He told everyone he wanted to teach Heath a lesson after the fight.

  • RDC says:

    Yeah, and saying “and he [the ref] shook my shoulder” would be a bit of an understatement too. The ref almost needed a crowbar to get him off, but maybe Babalu didn’t feel that either…

    Nevertheless, I find the resulting penalties a bit too extreme. The guy might as well file for his own bankruptcy right now.

  • garth says:

    The NSAC hasn’t punished him at all, the only punishment he’s gotten is from the UFC. The win bonus from his purse is being withheld prior to a decision on a fine being reached, at least as far as I can tell. I’d think it would be unlikey he’d lose that much of the extra 25K they’ve withheld. And he can still work for other promotions. All he’s lost is his fans, his credibility, and the opportunity (for now) to fight in the premiere organization in his sport.
    What a twit.

  • garth says:

    Sam, et al, any thoughts on what a fine might amount to? I tried to recall fine numbers and couldn’t think of any. $1,000? $5,000? Buck fiddy?


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