Renato Sobral, born September 7, 1975, also known as "Babalu", is a Brazilian mixed martial arts fighter, and former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion. He is noted for his aggressive style, grappling prowess, and high-caliber submissions. Sobral previously fought in the Ultimate Fighting Championship where he posted a 6-4 record. He is a member of the Gracie Barra Cerritos and has a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Carlos Gracie Jr. Some of his MMA achievements include defeating fighters Trevor Prangley, Mauricio Rua, and Jeremy Horn in a single night at IFC's Global Domination tournament. Sobral's background is in wrestling. Before joining the Gracie Barra Combat Team he was a Brazilian national wrestling champion and was trained in Ruas Vale Tudo, a martial arts system developed by Marco Ruas. In October 2008 he opened his own gym, Gracie Barra Cerritos, in Cerritos, California. Sobral last fought Robbie Lawler in a 195 lbs Catchweight bout on June 16, 2010 at Strikeforce: Los Angeles. Renato Sobral won via unanimous decision.

Nickname: Babalu

Birth Date: September 7th

Hometown: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Current Residence: Costa Mesa, CA

Family: Natasha ( wife ), Maria and Sophia ( daughter's )

Reach: 75.5'

Height: 6'0

Weight: 205

Association: Babalu's Iron Gym / Kings MMA

Class: Light Heavyweight

Favorite Technique: I like knees and the arm bar but I always show a new technique.

  • Wins

    • 37 ( 5 KO - TKO ) / ( 19 Submissions ) / ( 13 Decisions )
  • Losses

    • 7 ( KO - TKO ) / ( 1 Submissions ) / ( 3 Decisions )
  • 2004

    • Cage Rage 9 Champion
  • 2003

    • IFC Light Heavyweight championship tournament
    • Jungle Fight Champion
  • 2000

    • South American Wrestling Champion
    • Brazilian National Wrestling Champion
  • 1999

    • South American Wrestling Champion
    • Brazilian National Wrestling Champion
  • 1998

    • IFC Light Heavyweight Champion
    • Brazilian National Wrestling Champion
  • 1992

    • Brazilian National Muay Thai Champion