Mixed Martial Arts Career
Vitor Ribeiro is an accomplished grappler. He has won the CBJJ Mundials (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championship) four times, once as a purple belt in 1996 and three times as a black belt in three consecutive years (1999, 2000, and 2001). He has competed in the ADCC World Championship in 2000 and 2003.
"Shaolin" used to be considered one of the top lightweights in MMA. He has fought in several bouts in organizations all over the world, such as Shooto Japan, Shooto Hawaii, Rumble on the Rock (Hawaii), Cage Rage (England), and K-1 HERO'S (Japan). He has held the Shooto welterweight (154 lb) title, as well as the Cage Rage World lightweight championship. CageRage website
After a brief absence from the MMA world, Ribeiro returned to competition at Dream 8, where he dominated former Olympic wrestler Katsuhiko Nagata ending the fight with a brutal TKO. In his next fight at Dream 10, he lost to Shinya Aoki via unanimous decision.
On September 24, it was announced that he had signed a multi-fight deal with Strikeforce.
Vitor Shaolin Ribeiro made his Strikeforce debut on May 15 against currently undefeated Lyle Beerbohm and lost the bout via split decision.
Ribeiro's next fight for Strikeforce came against Justin Wilcox at Strikeforce Challengers: Wilcox vs. Ribeiro. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.
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