Renato “Babalu” Sobral awarded his BJJ black belt (pics)

According to this thread on The Underground, Carlos Gracie, Jr. awarded Renato “Babalu” Sobral with his black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu this past week. Congrats to Babalu. Some pictures from the ceremony are thumbnailed below. Click on the thumbnails to view the photos full size.

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16 COMMENTS
  • Evan says:

    I used to be a big fan of his but after what he did at the end of the fight with David Heath…I dunno…just don’t care for the guy anymore.

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  • Rich S. says:

    i’ve never liked babalu.. personally, i just can’t stand the guy.. he’s cocky.. and stupid in my opinion.. after submitting people for years.. it’s about time he got his black belt..

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  • Jay D. says:

    Surprised he didnt have one before. Great submission game, heart, never quits… Is he a bit of an asshole? For sure, but he always tries to finish fights and has accomplished some great things in his career.

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  • Fight Fan says:

    This guy has been one of the best submission artists in the MMA LHW division for years?. Just goes to show belts don’t mean that much. Just an honor more than anything.

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  • mike wolfe says:

    Paging Jiu Jitsu Guy. Paging Jiu Jitsu Guy. Please report to the blog with cranky hyperbole about Gracie black belts.

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    i always liked babalu, guys an animal, didnt suprise me when he clung onto heath like that, i found it amusing

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  • keenan says:

    sad u cant talk about him without talkin about the heath incident… mostly because heath is the worst and isnt in babalu’s catagory

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  • HexRei says:

    @ #2:

    Gosh, ya, what business did he have submitting people for years without a black belt. How dare he! And cocky? Oh no, that’s such an uncommon trait for a fighter! He should be banned from fighting forever!!!!

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  • Rich S. says:

    alright alright hexrei…

    LOL @ #5

    here’s a few reasons why i hate Babalu.. courtesy of CAGEPOTATO.com

    “Soccer-kicked Brad Kohler after Kohler was already out during a fight in 2000. Refused to release David Heath from an anaconda choke after Heath tapped at UFC 74, which cost Babs $25,000 and his place in the UFC. Arrested for battery and trespassing at an Indian Casino in Tampa, Florida. Spit on a bouncer at a party”

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  • mike wolfe says:

    Chuck kicked his ass twice. If I were trolling for a certain BJJ enthusiast, I’d point that out in an unflattering manner.

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  • the one says:

    babalu is a fighter i like him.what he did to david heath is a punishment for his disrespect to babalu….
    the guy is good fighter babalu one of the best!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • HexRei says:

    Rich,

    Babalu’s soccer kick was totally legal. It is a fighter’s job to use every legal technique they can to damage their opponent until the referee stops them, that’s all Babalu did. Fighters deliver extra blows to stunned opponents in MMA all the time and no one says a damn thing because it’s the ref’s job (and no one else’s) to stop the fight when one fighter cannot continue.
    Here’s the fight since I’m guessing you haven’t seen it.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMykDCMgc4I

    The Heath choke was ugly but actually was no longer than Penn’s extra hold of Pulver from the time the ref began shout for a break and Penn received no admonishment at all, much less a fine or ejection from the UFC. The only reason people cared was because the fight was so ridiculously bloody and Rogan made a big deal out of it. Frank Shamrock did something similar to Phil Baroni recently as well.
    And frankly I could care less if he got in a fight on an indian casino or (lol) SPIT ON A BOUNCER.
    BJ Penn was arrested after he punched a cop, Sean Sherk got arrested after a bar fight, liddell, tito, all these guys have been in fights in public, liddell and tito were just lucky enough not to get caught. I bet if you did background checks on MMA fighters you’d see a lot of such run-ins. It’s not that big a deal.

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  • HexRei says:

    @#10 to be fair, chuck kicked a LOT of guys asses. you’re talking about one of the most dominant UFC champs of all time here.
    Go ahead and continue your regularly scheduled trolling now ;)

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  • Rich S. says:

    the second fight between Babalu and Chuck was probably Babalu’s worst fight in the UFC…and another reason why i can’t stand him…
    we have a sub’ist chasing a world-class/world champion striker around the ring throwing terribly sloppy punches and just waiting to KTFO’d..
    i know if i was a BJJ practitioner and i was facing a KO ARTIST like Liddell.. i wouldn’t chase the guy around and throw looping punches that didn’t land and would ultimately just make me tired.. i would do whatever i could to get the fight to the ground.. Babalu waited for that fight and the belt for years.. and he just completely threw it away.. i know sometimes fighters just have bad fights [Penn/Stevenson, Loiseau/Franklin, Larson/Condit..you know.. they do sooo good and then get owned in their title fight] but.. that was just stupid of Babalu..

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  • Aaron says:

    Babalu is the man. Heath showed up to the weigh-ins with a shirt of Babalu’s mugshot. I’m not saying what Babalu did was right, but that was just asking for trouble.

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  • Babalu is one of the best at 205. He’s some of the best in MMA. He went the distance with Fedor, nobody does that. He KILLED SHOGUN & Jermey Horn in the same night. He’s an ANIMAL. He dominated his last opponent in Affliction : Banned, and looked so complete that match. Even though he’s 31, his game has matured a lot after being release from UFC. He shouldn’t of been released & fined, just suspended or fined. He can very well be LHW of whatever orginization he fights in.

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