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After 19-Month Layoff, Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro Returns to Competition at DREAM 8


(Shaolin’s fateful match against JZ, K-1 Hero’s Tournament Final, 9/17/07)

Former top ten lightweight Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro hasn’t competed since September 2007, when he suffered a detached retina during a fight against Gesias Cavalcante. ("It seemed like my eye was inside my head," he told Sherdog. "The pain was unbearable.") And though rumors of his return have swirled since last year, it looks like it’s finally happening — for real this time. DREAM has added a bout between Ribeiro and Olympic silver medalist Katsuhiko Nagata to Sunday’s DREAM 8 card, bolstering that event’s weak-sauce lineup.

Ribeiro, who holds notable career victories over Tatsuya Kawajiri, Joachim Hansen, and Mitsuhiro Ishida, spent his time off opening a gym in New York City called Modern Martial Arts. Unless his skills have deteriorated significantly in his hiatus, he should have no problem dispatching Nagata, who has gone 1-3-1 in his last five fights. Video of Ribeiro kicking Ryuki Ueyama’s ass in March 2007 is after the jump.



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BM2- April 2, 2009 at 1:14 am
There is no way the card was weak before Shaolin vs Nagata. The WWGP 1st round fights were the weakest part of the card (with the very notable exception of Aoki vs Sakurai) - but the card overall is very, very attractive. Now it's gotten even hotter. WAR NAGATA!
High Left Kick- April 1, 2009 at 2:16 pm
hmm, when a fighter taps out to a submission, the ref is supposed to stop the fight...there was tapping coming from Ryuki so the ref did what he was supposed to do and ...

you know what, your right "Mr. Anonymous"

im clearly the noob here. A thousand apologies sweet suzy.
Machete for hands- April 1, 2009 at 9:49 am
what intriges me about that fight is that submissions thats all. your right it wasnt a great fight but that submission is fucking brilliant!
Anonymous- April 1, 2009 at 9:28 am
he was defending himself...... wtf are you dinks talking about.
weak fight.
weak comments by weak high left kick noob and machete
High Left Kick- April 1, 2009 at 9:15 am
the ref stopped it too early? wat are you, fucking stupid?
Todd's Beard- April 1, 2009 at 8:52 am
Has anyone checked out his school in NYC? Ben perhaps?
aalbert- April 1, 2009 at 8:47 am
do you really think that we just jump in your provocative bullshit?
we, whose love this sport so much, are far more intelligent, educated and patient than that...
so go and buy some glasses for you... (I've my own...)
Machete for hands- April 1, 2009 at 8:45 am
that is why your fucking anonymous! this was a good fight! that arm bar with the triangle combination is fucking DOPE ASSSSSS SHIT! im trying that for sure in my class
Anonymous- April 1, 2009 at 8:23 am
this match sucks...... referee stopped it to early.
TrouserSnout- April 1, 2009 at 7:54 am
APRIL FOOL"S !!!!!!
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