The end of an era occurred last night at Bellator 96 when seasoned veteran Renato Sobral (37-11) called it quits after a sixteen-year run in the ring after losing his second straight showdown by way of a strike-based stoppage. Sobral’s stumble came against Jacob Noe who peppered him with punches throughout the tilt, forcing the referee to stop the scrap in the third around after feeling as though “Babalu” had had enough.
The 37-year old Sobral spoke about his decision to retire at the post-event press conference in a conversation captured by MMAJunkie, expressing sorrow about retiring but contentment when it came to the way his career unfolded.
“I lived the life. That’s what I want to say. I have no regrets. I was happy to help this sport grow.”
“I’ll keep continuing to help the sport to grow, but I won’t fight anymore. I wished for a good fight. I wish I could have been faster. I wish I could have been stronger than I used to be. But my body cannot continue to do this anymore, and it’s time for me to step out.”
“This is a sport that I love, and I wish I could fight longer.”
PHOTO CREDIT: MMAWeekly