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Renato “Babalu” Sobral Retires With Bellator 96 Loss

Renato Sobral hoped to have another run in MMA when he signed with Bellator. Since falling to 0-2 for the promotion, Sobral has decided to retire. He made the announcement yesterday, June 19, following a loss to Jacob Noe at Bellator 96.

“I’ll keep continuing to help the sport to grow, but I won’t fight anymore,” said Sobral post-fight. “I wished for a good fight. I wish I could have been faster. I wish I could have been stronger than I used to be. But my body cannot continue to do this anymore, and it’s time for me to step out.”

The loss brings Sobral to 37-11. He fought for the UFC several times and earned a light heavyweight title shot at one point. The promotion released Sobral when he didn’t release a choke on David Heath at UFC 74.

His other Bellator loss was in the first round to Mikhail Zayats for a Season 8 tournament.