‘Babalu’ Joins Healing Tyler Foundation

By Sherdog.com Staff Dec 11, 2010


Renato “Babalu” Sobral: Fred Haas | Sherdog.com



Just days removed from a disappointing loss to Dan Henderson at Strikeforce “Henderson vs. Babalu II,” Renato “Babalu” Sobral announced plans on Tuesday to aid the Healing Tyler Foundation.

Founded by the father of 9-year-old Brazilian jiu-jitsu student Tyler Ransom, who suffers from Nephrotic Syndrome -- a condition that affects the kidneys -- the Healing Tyler Foundation raises money for the Nephcure Foundation, the only organization exclusively committed to supporting research seeking a cause of the kidney diseases Nephrotic Syndrome and Focal Segmental Glomeruloslerosls.

The debut fundraising effort hosted by “Babalu” will take place on Dec. 18 at Hooters in Burbank, Calif. The restaurant will donate 20 percent of all sales during the event to the foundation. Attendees are being asked to bring new and unwrapped toys for the children the charity reaches.

In a press release sent Tuesday, Sobral, who is working on “Natural Born Fighter,” a video series that focuses on fitness, commented on Saturday’s loss.

“Fighting is not a choice for me; it is what I was born to do,” said Sobral. “Sometimes you lose the fight. But, like Vince Lombardi said, ‘If you can accept losing, then you can’t win.’ Losing is unacceptable to me. I will be back soon; back with the vengeance that defines me.”
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