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Vitor Ribeiro Bio

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.


  • 1 Mixed martial arts career
  • 2 Retirement
  • 3 Championships and Accomplishments
  • 4 Mixed martial arts record
  • 5 Grappling credentials
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

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.

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.

Ribeiro made his promotional debut on May 15, 2010 against 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.


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

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.

Championships and Accomplishments

  • Cage Rage
    • Cage Rage World Lightweight Championship (One time)
    • Two successful title defenses
  • Hero's
    • 2007 HERO'S Middleweight Grand Prix Semifinalist
  • Shooto
    • Shooto World Lightweight Championship (One time)

Mixed martial arts record

Grappling credentials

ADCC World Submission Wrestling Championships

ADCC 2003 66 – 76kg: 3rd place.

ADCC 2000 66–76kg: 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

External links

  • Official website
  • Professional MMA record for Vitor Ribeiro from Sherdog Edit this at Wikidata

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