Renato Babalau Sobral joins the ranks of Bellator Fighting Championships

5630461483 5476a26995Bellator Fighting Championships has just announced the signing of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Renato “Babalu” Sobral (37-9) to its Light Heavyweight roster. “Babalu” will make his Bellator debut in the Season 8 Light Heavyweight Tournament, which will air on Spike TV starting in January.

Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney said via press release: “Babalu is an awesome addition to the Bellator family. He’s beaten some of the greatest fighters in the sport, and poses a tremendous threat to every fighter in our Light Heavyweight Division. From a fans perspective, he’s incredibly exciting to watch, and I’m expecting big things from Babalu in January on Spike.”

Still recovering from a hand injury suffered earlier this year, Sobral is anxious to get back in the cage: “I’m really happy to be a part of the Bellator family. This is my new home, and I can’t wait to get into the tournament. My only wish was that it could all be in one night, but I don’t think we can do that, so I’ll just put one more tournament under my belt, and I’m going to take this opportunity and get my shot at the Bellator World Title.”

With past submission victories over Chael Sonnen, Mauricio Rua and Travis Wiuff; Sobral will definitely bring a new level of excitement to the Chicago-based promotion.