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Friday, November 19, 2010

GRAPPLING LEGEND FIGHTS TONIGHT!

Yes, We're talking about the great Shaolin.

Back in the late '90's, while you were busy forming a Third Eye Blind cover band and dabbling in certified Tae Bo instruction, Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro was busy becoming a jiu jitsu legend (if  you were like 9 years old back then, then I guess you're off the hook).

Tonight, the veteran grappler/fighter returns to face Justin Wilcox in the main event at Strikeforce Challengers.

Shaolin's had some ups and down in recent years (losing last 3 of 4) in his MMA career.  Regardless, he's one of our sport's champs and he's definitely thrown down against some of the world's best lightweights (e.g., Aoki, Calvancante, Kawajiri, Hansen).

Here's to Shaolin - good luck tonight, brother!!


Shaolin's jiu jitsu/grappling competition record is pretty astounding (a ridiculous 4 Mundial gold medals at black belt):

ADCC World Submission Wrestling Championships:
  • ADCC 2003 66 – 76 kg: 3rd place.
  • ADCC 2000 66–76 kg: Quarter finals.
CBJJ World Championships:

  • 2001 Black Belt Medio: 1st Place
  • 2000 Black Belt Leve: 1st Place
  • 1999 Black Belt Leve: 1st Place
  • 1997 Black Belt Medio: 1st Place
CBJJ Pan-American Championships:

  • 1998 Black Belt Leve: 2nd Place
  • 1996 Brown Belt Pena: 1st Place
CBJJ Brazilian Championships:

  • 1999 Black Belt Leve: 2nd Place
  • 1998 Black Belt Pena: 1st Place
  • 1996 Brown Belt Pena: 2nd Place
CBJJ Brazilian Team Championship:

  • 2001 Brown/Black Belt Leve: Nova União, 1st Place
  • 2000 Brown/Black Belt Leve: Nova União, 1st Place
  • 1999 Brown/Black Belt Leve: Nova União A, 1st Place
  • 1998 Brown/Black Belt Leve: Nova União, 2nd Place
  • 1997 Brown/Black Belt Leve: Nova União (A), 1st Place
  • 1996 Brown/Black Belt Leve: Nova União, 2nd Place


Check out this badass highlight montage of the storied rivalry between Shaolin and the equally great, Leo Vieira:









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