Following his bout with David Heath at UFC 74: Respect, “Babalu” Sobral showed Heath anything but respect!  In fact, Sobral’s neglect in keeping an anaconda choke on Heath for an extra 3 to 4 seconds after referee Steve Mazzagatti tried to stop the fight, has forced UFC president Dana White to terminate Sobral’s contract with the UFC.  According to ufcjunkie.com, Sobral admitted to his shameful action in the ring during a post-fight interview – he wanted to teach Heath “a lesson” for disrespecting him during the previous day’s fight weigh-ins.

Sobral is an extremely intense fighter in the ring.  His intensity level was apparent after he was knocked out by Chuck Liddell in their uneventful bout last year.  Sobral woke up with referee John McCarthy on top of him, calling an end to the fight.  He then immediately tried to put McCarthy into a leg lock, not realizing the fight was over and that he was trying to submit the referee, not Liddell.

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His intensity is in no way a defense for his actions against Heath, especially since his adherence to the choke hold was self-admitted.  The UFC has justly taken swift action but there is a feeling that we will once again see Sobral in the octagon.  Past UFC fighters have left, vowing to never return to the UFC.  Think:  BJ Penn and Tito Ortiz, two of the most popular fighters in the organization.  When asked if he thinks Sobral is gone for good, UFC President Dana White responded with, “I never say never”.  If Sobral never returns, there’s always Elite XC – licking their chops as we speak.

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