Former UFC fighter Renato ‘Babalu’ Sobral has been fined $25,000 by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for his extended-choke in his submission victory over David Heath at UFC 74. No suspension was handed down.
Sobral had his $25,000 win bonus immediately withheld for the move following the bout and yesterday’s fine confirmed what most expected to happen. Though the choke didn’t have any long-lasting ramifications for his opponent, ‘Babalu’ was released from his UFC contract several days later as a result of his actions.
The submission, an anaconda choke, is a blood choke in which a hold is applied that restricts normal blood flow causing the opponent to tap out or pass out. Despite David Heath tapping out before he lost consciousness Sobral held on to the choke for several additional seconds causing his opponent to lose consciousness. With blood chokes the additional time had little effect, though had he extended a different submission, such as an armbar, significant bodily harm could have occurred.
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