“Babalu” called it a career Wednesday night as he left his gloves in the center of the cage following a third round technical knockout loss to Jacob Noe in the Bellator 96 Summer Series Light Heavyweight Tournament semifinals that took place in Thackerville, Okl.
Sobral is 37 and has lost two straight and has only won twice in the past four years. Sobral hooked up with Bellator with hopes of jump starting his career.
He started out in the sport in 1997 and first gained notoriety in the UFC in 2000. Two fights removed from losing to Chuck Liddell in a 205-pound title bout he was released. He then jumped aboard Affliction MMA before holding on to the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight title briefly.
In 2003 he entered the IFC: Global Domination tournament. It was a one-night tournament and on that night, Sobral defeated three different opponents to win the tournament crown. He defeated Trevor Prangley and Jeremy Horn by decision, and finished Mauricio “Shogun” Rua by guillotine choke. He was the first fighter to ever hand Rua a defeat.
Following a loss to Dan Henderson in Strikeforce in 2010, Sobral left the sport for a year-and-a-half after a snowboarding accident left him injured and he considered retiring then.
Sobral retires with a 37-11 record overall.