Renato “Babalu” Sobral has signed a contract to fight for Strikeforce, the promotion announced during last nights broadcast of an event from the Playboy Mansion. Sobral was released from the UFC in August after defeating David Heath at UFC 74. In the win he held onto a fight-ending choke for several additional seconds after Heath had tapped out and the referee called for the fight to be stopped and the choke to be released. Last week a $25,000 fine was issued by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for the incident.
No specifics were given as to when “Babalu” might make his debut for the organization though the signing will immediately bring more attention to the organization, providing them another notable fighter on their roster that already includes top-ranked lightweight fighter Gilbert Melendez.
In his time with the UFC Sobral went 6-4. During his most-recent stint with the organization he earned victories over Travis Wiuff, Chael Sonnen, and Mike Van Arsdale before back-to-back losses to Chuck Liddell and Jason Lambert. He bounced back from the losses with the win over Heath in August.