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Babalu Joins Gracie Barra

I just got word from Renato “Babalu” Sobral that he has left the Marco Ruas Vale Tudo team and joined the Gracie Barra Fight Team. It looks like Gustavo “Ximu” Machado is going to join Babalu at Gracie Barra, where Alexandre Cacareco Ferreira, another former Ruas Vale Tudo fighter, has also been training.

Babalu, is coming off a major victory in the IFC Light Heavyweight Tournament in which he beat Jeremy Horn, Chute Box’s Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Trevor Prangley in the same night to become the IFC Light Heavyweight World Champion. Those at the show agreed that Babalu not only solidified his position as one of the top light heavyweights in the world, but showed the legendary heart, skill and determination in winning the championship.

For fans anxious to see him back in action, I am afraid to say that there is no official word yet on Babalu’s next fight. But, he has been in serious negotiations with promotions in Japan, the U.S. and Brazil, and it sounds like we can expect another BIG announcement soon.

Meanwhile, Heat FC’s press release stating that Babalu will be fighting in that show was a little premature. Babalu and Heat have been unable to reach a deal, and it looks like he will not be on the card.

UPDATE: Who woulda thought it – a luta livre fighter joining a Gracie academy. My how times have changed.

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