Vitor Ribiero Has the Chance of a Lifetime: "Shaolin's" Time To Shine

Shawn SmithCorrespondent IJuly 4, 2009

With wins over Joachim Hansen, Tatsuya Kawajiri, and Mitsuhiro Ishida, one would think that Vitor “Shaolin” Ribiero would be a top star in the lightweight division; however, because of layoffs due to injury, he has struggled to keep his name relevant in the mixed martial arts world. 

On Jul. 21 at DREAM 10, Ribeiro will take his 20-2-0 record in against the No. 2 ranked lightweight in the world, Shinya Aoki.

If you’re a fan of hardcore knockouts and bloody battles, this is not the fight for you, however if you’re a fan of creative and slick submissions, then this fight is right up your alley. 

Whether it’s Neck Crank’s (Todd Moore), Heel Hooks (Eddie Alvarez), or Gogoplata’s (Joachim Hansen, Katsuhiko Nagata), Shinya Aoki has never failed to impress with his submission creativity. 

Aoki put himself on the map when he pulled off the Gogoplata against Joachim Hansen and has not looked back since becoming a top five fighter in the world. However, with two losses in the last twelve months, Aoki will need a solid performance to stay near the top of the lightweight division. 

While Ribiero is not quite as creative, 13 of his 20 victories have come via way of submission—most of which have come via way or triangle arm bar. Ribiero is coming in with numerous BJJ world championships under his belt (black belt, that is) and nothing to lose.

He is not considered a threat to the top of the division, but a single win over the “Tobikan Judan” can change all that. 

Fans of lightweight action, be sure to tune in on Jul. 21 for what should be one of the most technical submission matches of the year!