Vítor Ribeiro

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Vítor Ribeiro
BornVitor Ribeiro
(1979-02-24) February 24, 1979 (age 40)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Other namesShaolin
ResidenceRio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight155 lb (70 kg)
Fighting out ofRio de Janeiro, Brazil
TeamNova União
RankFifth degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Years active2001- 2013
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout2
By submission12
By decision6
By knockout2
By decision3
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Vítor Ribeiro (born February 24, 1979 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is a retired professional mixed martial artist who competed in the Lightweight division. A professional competitor since 2001, he has formerly competed for Strikeforce, Shooto, DREAM, Cage Rage, Cage Force, the World Fighting Alliance, and K-1 HERO'S. Ribeiro is the former Cage Rage World Lightweight Champion and the former Shooto World Lightweight Champion.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu lineage[edit]

Mitsuyo Maeda » Carlos Gracie Sr. » Carlson Gracie » Andre Pederneiras » Vitor Ribeiro

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

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.[citation needed]

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 TKO. In his next fight at DREAM 10, he lost to Shinya Aoki via unanimous decision.

On September 24, 2009, it was announced that he had signed a multi-fight deal with Strikeforce.[1]

Ribeiro made his promotional debut on May 15, 2010 against undefeated Lyle Beerbohm and lost the bout via split decision.[2]

Ribeiro's next fight for Strikeforce came against Justin Wilcox at Strikeforce Challengers: Wilcox vs. Ribeiro. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.


On August 8, 2013 Ribeiro announced that he has retired from mixed martial arts competition.[3]

In 2015, Ribeiro transitioned to becoming a referee for mixed martial arts shows. He debuted as a referee for UFC events on April 18, 2015 at UFC on Fox: Machida vs. Rockhold.[4]

Vitor is currently the head BJJ instructor at his 2 Manhattan academies as well as Yeti MMA in Scotch Plains NJ.

Championships and Accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
25 matches 20 wins 5 losses
By knockout 2 2
By submission 12 0
By decision 6 3
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 20–5 Justin Wilcox Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce Challengers: Wilcox vs. Ribeiro November 19, 2010 3 5:00 Jackson, Mississippi, United States
Loss 20–4 Lyle Beerbohm Decision (split) Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery May 15, 2010 3 5:00 St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Loss 20–3 Shinya Aoki Decision (unanimous) DREAM 10 July 20, 2009 2 5:00 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Win 20–2 Katsuhiko Nagata TKO (doctor stoppage) DREAM 8 April 5, 2009 1 7:58 Nagoya, Japan
Loss 19–2 Gesias Cavalcante KO (punches) HERO'S 10 September 17, 2007 1 0:35 Yokohama, Japan HERO'S 2007 Middleweight Grand Prix Semi-Final.
Win 19–1 Kazuyuki Miyata Submission (arm-triangle choke) HERO's 9 July 16, 2007 2 1:54 Yokohama, Japan HERO'S 2007 Middleweight Grand Prix Quarter-Final.
Win 18–1 Ryuki Ueyama Submission (triangle armbar) HERO'S 8 March 12, 2007 1 1:48 Nagoya, Japan
Win 17–1 Daisuke Nakamura Submission (straight armbar) Cage Rage 19 December 9, 2006 1 3:55 London, England Defended Cage Rage World Lightweight Championship
Win 16–1 Abdul Mohamed Submission (kimura) Cage Rage 18 September 30, 2006 1 4:27 London, England Defended Cage Rage World Lightweight Championship
Win 15–1 Chris Brennan Submission (swollen eye) GFC: Team Gracie vs Team Hammer House March 3, 2006 2 3:25 Columbus, Ohio, United States
Win 14–1 Eiji Mitsuoka Decision (unanimous) MARS February 4, 2006 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 13–1 Jean Silva Submission (arm triangle choke) Cage Rage 13 September 10, 2005 2 4:18 London, England Won Cage Rage World Lightweight Championship
Win 12–1 Gerald Strebendt Submission (guillotine choke) Cage Rage 12 July 2, 2005 1 1:13 London, England
Win 11–1 Tetsuji Kato Submission (arm triangle choke) Rumble on the Rock 7 May 7, 2005 3 2:32 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Loss 10–1 Tatsuya Kawajiri TKO (punches) Shooto: Year End Show 2004 December 14, 2004 2 3:11 Tokyo, Japan Lost Shooto World Lightweight Championship
Win 10–0 Mitsuhiro Ishida Decision (unanimous) Shooto Hawaii: Soljah Fight Night July 9, 2004 3 5:00 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 9–0 Joachim Hansen Submission (arm triangle choke) Shooto: Year End Show 2003 December 14, 2003 2 2:37 Urayasu, Chiba, Japan Won Shooto World Lightweight Championship
Win 8–0 Ivan Menjivar Decision (unanimous) Absolute Fighting Championships 4 July 19, 2003 3 5:00 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Win 7–0 Ryan Bow Decision (unanimous) Shooto: 5/4 in Korakuen Hall May 4, 2003 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 6–0 Tatsuya Kawajiri Decision (unanimous) Shooto: Year End Show 2002 December 14, 2002 3 5:00 Urayasu, Chiba, Japan
Win 5–0 Eddie Yagin Submission (arm-triangle choke) WFA 3: Level 3 November 23, 2002 2 2:23 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 4–0 Hiroshi Tsuruya Decision (unanimous) Shooto: Treasure Hunt 10 September 16, 2002 3 5:00 Yokohama, Japan
Win 3–0 Joe Hurley Submission (arm-triangle choke) WFA 2: Level 2 July 5, 2002 2 1:19 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 2–0 Takumi Nakayama Submission (arm-triangle choke) HOOKnSHOOT: Relentless May 25, 2002 1 0:51 Evansville, Indiana, United States
Win 1–0 Charlie Kohler TKO (cut) World Fighting Alliance 1 November 3, 2001 1 3:50 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

Grappling credentials[edit]

ADCC World Submission Wrestling Championships

ADCC 2003 66 – 76 kg: 3rd place.

ADCC 2000 66–76 kg: Quarter finals. Absolute: Quarter finals. (Vitor lost to Monson in the first round, but progressed and then lost to Almeida via submission). Record of opponents:

  • Won: Jason Ramstetter (pts), Pablo Popovich (pts), Chris Brown (pts), Rumina Sato (pts),
  • Lost: Marcelo Garcia (Rear Naked Choke), Leo Vieira (pts), Jeff Monson (pts), Almeida (Kneebar/Choad Lock)

CBJJ World Championships

2001 Black Belt Medio: 1st Place

2000 Black Belt Leve: 1st Place

1999 Black Belt Leve: 1st Place

1997 Black Belt Pena: 2nd Place

1996 Purple Belt Pena: 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 Championships

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


  1. ^ http://mmajunkie.com/news/16300/strikeforce-inks-lightweight-notable-vitor-shaolin-ribeiro-to-multi-fight-deal.mma
  2. ^ http://mmajunkie.com/news/18323/lyle-beerbohm-vs-vitor-shaolin-ribeiro-targeted-for-may-15-strikeforce-event.mma
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "NJSACB Releases Referee Judging Assignments for UFC on Fox 15". sherdog.com. April 16, 2015.

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