BABALU update-

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    Chad Moechnig
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    chad
    Post subject: BABALU update- Post Posted: Tue Aug 28, 2007 8:13 am
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    Did anyone see this fight??? what are your thoughts??
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    Renato “Babalu” Sobral could face fines, suspensions, or possible release after his antics at UFC 74 that also forced the Nevada State Athletic Commission to withhold his $25,000 fight purse after his victory over David Heath.

    After a weigh-in that saw both Babalu and Heath exchanging words, it was the Brazilian who came out on top in the fight, but his refusal to release the choke that ended the fight when referee Steve Mazzagatti stepped in may cost Sobral more than just a paycheck.

    As Babalu wrenched in a tight anaconda choke on his opponent, David Heath tapped out and immediately Mazzagatti swooped in to stop the bout.

    Sobral did not release the hold and even when Mazzagatti tried to force him off his opponent the former #1 light heavyweight contender did not let go.

    In his post fight interview with color commentator Joe Rogan, Babalu admitted he held onto the choke to “teach him a lesson” after they exchanged words at the weigh-in.

    Immediately after the bout, the Nevada State Athletic Commission held up Babalu’s fight purse of $25,000 pending further action that may come down.

    MMAWeekly spoke to Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer about the incident and he advised that they did hold the $25,000 win bonus from Sobral after the fight pending further investigation.

    When MMAWeekly spoke to Kizer he had just received a tape from Zuffa with the footage of the Sobral/Heath fight. Kizer said after he reviews the film, he would then make a decision whether or not to file an incident report against Babalu for his actions.

    If the incident is filed, Babalu will face a possible fine or suspension from the commission, although according to Kizer, he isn’t likely to seek a suspension at this time.

    Kizer did state that he spoke to Babalu and his manager after the fight and they advised him that from dealing with past experiences, a fighter should not release a hold based solely on his opponent tapping out. Although in this instance, it was clear that he held on past the time when referee Steve Mazzagatti tried to get him to release the choke and Babalu also referenced such in his post fight interview.

    “I’ve got an issue with that,” said Kizer regarding Babalu’s post fight behavior.

    In the post fight press conference, UFC President Dana White also had harsh words when asked about Babalu’s actions during and after the fight.

    “What Babalu did was real bad,” said White. “It will be interesting to see what the commission does. 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.”

    Heath’s manager, Scott Newell, spoke to MMAWeekly on Monday and confirmed that Heath is more upset with his own performance and the Nevada State Athletic Commission will deal with the situation in whatever way they see fit.

    Babalu has been in a rough patch lately after his knockout loss to Jason Lambert at UFC 68. He was then arrested in Florida for misdemeanor charges of trespassing and battery.

    This latest episode may cost Babalu not only his fight purse withheld by the athletic commission, but also fines or suspensions from the UFC and as mentioned by UFC president Dana White, a possible expulsion from the organization altogether isn’t out of the question.
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    satanico
    Post subject: PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2007 2:53 pm

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    Yea I don’t think the UFC wants lots of people seeing this. It was a bloody mess from an elbow and then Babalu was pretty dirty holding that choke. I thought Mazagatti was going to have to shove his foot in there and yank it off. The crowd went completely against Babalu for it.
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    fight4you
    Post subject: PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2007 3:04 pm

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    so much for white’s assertion that UFC is safer, less violent than boxing. Sobral should be DQ’s, fined, suspended, charged and jailed. Odd we have the bloodfest UFC74 at the same time Michael Vick is having his challenges
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    Rikki
    Post subject: PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 6:22 am
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    I saw the video of this fight after reading about everyone’s outrage that he “held the choke for so long”. It really wasn’t all that long after the ref said to stop. I think he should be fined but I don’t think they should have taken away his entire purse. And it not like it wasn’t provoked.
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    satanico
    Post subject: PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 6:39 am

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    You have to hear his interview too. It’s not just how long he did it because he admitted he wasn’t letting go on purpose. Obey the ref’s instructions at all times.
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    fight4you
    Post subject: PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 10:03 am

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    not provoked? depends if you think that is a fight or a sport.
    Rikki wrote:
    I saw the video of this fight after reading about everyone’s outrage that he “held the choke for so long”. It really wasn’t all that long after the ref said to stop. I think he should be fined but I don’t think they should have taken away his entire purse. And it not like it wasn’t provoked.
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    Rosi
    Post subject: PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 11:10 am
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    not provoked? depends if you think that is a fight or a sport.
    wow… never thought i’d find myself agreeing with fight4you

    now i’m off for a ride on one of those flying pigs up there 😀

    To be fair, although i don’t think provocation is a defence for intentionally breaking the rules, apparently Babalu is claiming that his post-fight interview was misinterpreted and he didn’t actually mean to ignore the referee. I’ve not heard it myself, so i can’t really comment.
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    fight4you
    Post subject: PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2007 1:05 pm

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    see – i am not all bad 🙂
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    Rikki
    Post subject: PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2007 6:13 am
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    I’m not saying that provocation made it alright – he should definitely be fined or punished in some other way. I’m just saying that the guy is lucky Babalu didn’t do anything worse to him.
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    fight4you
    Post subject: PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2007 11:52 am

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    and if he had, there would be whole group of fans would have loved it
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    scarce
    Post subject: PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2007 11:53 am
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    in the old days…gracie royce used to hold the choke..

    to teach them a lesson/

    ..it is not correct to do this…

    but males need to just fight…and shut the f up…

    like baroni and frank they could hv killed each other

    if it came down to a choke….
    males hv a problem yapping…i do not blame babalu
    ..but he was wrong…and will get suspended/
    ,,,,,,huerta and alberto crane was a great fight..
    if you ladies missed it…it shows 30 plus reversal-great grappling//
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