Will Ribeiro in action against Chase Beebe. Photo property of WEC.
Tragic news has come out of Brazil. WEC bantamweight star Will Ribeiro was involved in a motorcycle accident this past weekend and suffered life threatening injuries. A report on the official WEC site gives further details.
WEC bantamweight Will Ribeiro is hospitalized and comatose following an early morning motorcycle accident in Rio De Janeiro, according to Ed Soares, the fighter’s manager.
Soares said one of his assistants in Brazil told him Ribeiro was riding as a passenger on the motorcycle and was not wearing a helmet. The street they were riding on was slick due to rain. Ribeiro was rushed to a local hospital and underwent emergency surgery.
“My assistant said that the doctor said for sure that he (Ribeiro) has lost sight in one of his eyes,” Soares said. “He’s still in a coma. After surgery the doctor said there is a 50-50 shot that he will come out of it (survive).”
Ribeiro, who is as humble and gracious outside of the ring as he is exciting inside of it, most recently fought on the WEC’s Dec. 3 card in Las Vegas, losing by tap out to Brian Bowles. The 25-year-old Brazilian is an extremely well-rounded fighter who grew up poor and lost his father at the age of 2. His mother also died, leaving Ribeiro to raise his 12-year-old sister.
“He’s a very positive guy, very hard-working, a good person,” Soares said of Ribeiro. “He had had a very rough life. His mother passed away like seven years ago and he took over the care of his younger sister. He’s like a father-brother-mother to her … I’m still crushed right now.”
The WEC is set to promote their latest event, this time emanating from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. The featured fight will be for the bantamweight championship, as title holder Miguel Torres looks to tangle with the dangerous and undefeated Manny Tapia. Four of the world’s top 10 ranked bantamweights will be competing as well as an extremely intriguing matchup between top 10 ranked featherwights in Akitoshi Tamura and Wagnney Fabiano. The WEC continues to put on solid cards featuring many of the world’s best in the lighter weight classes.
The broadcast on the Versus network begins at 8pm EST. Here’s the card as it stands now before weigh ins.
Miguel Torres vs. Manny Tapia
Brian Bowles vs. Will Ribeiro
Akitoshi Tamura vs. Wagnney Fabiano
Joseph Benavidez vs. Danny Martinez
Johny Hendricks vs. Justin Haskins
Mark Munoz vs. Ricardo Barros
Bias Avena vs. Kevin Knabjian
Diego Nunes vs. Cole Province
Bart Palaszewski vs. Alex Karalexis
Hiroyuki Takaya vs. Cub Swanson
Shane Roller vs. Mike Budnik
We will be going live at 5:30 PM ET with complete results from tonight’s WEC 36: Faber vs. Brown event, which will take place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The show’s televised main card will air on Versus starting at 8 PM ET.
WEC 36 is headlined by Urijah Faber once again defending his featherweight title against gritty top contender Mike Thomas Brown. In addition, WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho will meet Chael Sonnen in a non-title rematch of their December 2007 fight and former UFC lightweight title holder Jens Pulver will look to get back on track against rising featherweight Leonard Garcia.
Feel free to leave your thoughts and comments throughout the evening. Detailed live results are after the jump.
Paulo Filho. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
WEC middleweight title holder Paulo Filho came in an astounding seven pounds over the 185 lb. limit at the weigh-ins for WEC 36 on Tuesday afternoon, putting his championship rematch against Team Quest product Chael Sonnen in jeopardy.
After the two-hour allotted time limit, Filho was only able to cut down to 188 lbs, making his showdown against Sonnen a non-title affair. Sonnen will be awarded 25% of Filho’s purse.
In addition, featherweight title challenger Mike Brown came in a half pound over the featherweight limit and jiu-jitsu wizard Rani Yahya weighed-in one pound over the bantamweight requirements for his fight against Yoshiro Maeda. Brown was quickly able to shed the extra baggage while Maeda has agreed to face Yahya without forcing him to cut weight again.
Complete weigh-in results are after the jump.
Marcos Galvao. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
Brazilian bantamweight Marcos Galvao has revealed that he will likely return to the confines of World Extreme Cagefighting to take on newcomer Rafael Rebello at a yet-to-be-announced WEC event that could take place early next year in a recent interview with Tatame.com.
“I believe he [does] BJJ, has been fighting constantly and has some MMA fights and I believe he [has] never lost,” Galvao said in the interview. “The deal is [to] train hard and focused to get there do everything I’ve trained. I need to get there and win this fight. I need to start all over again. I’m being very humble… very sincere. I’ll fight a guy who’s debuting in the WEC but he already has some fights and I hope I win.”
After a promising start to his career with a handful of wins under the Shooto banner, Galvao came into the WEC late last December with a good amount of hype, only to suffer a second-round knockout loss to Brian Bowles at WEC 31. Galvao returned to Japan this past September where he drew with Shooto bantamweight champion Masakatsu Ueda.
Rebello, who currently trains at Florida-based American Top Team, is currently riding a four-fight winning streak. The fight against Galvao will be his first since November 2007, when he earned a first-round stoppage of Jeff Willingham at a Pacific Xtreme Combat event in Guam.
Hatsu Hioki. Photo courtesy of TKO Championship Fighting.
In recapping other events besides EliteXC and Strikeforce that took place this past weekend, Hatsu Hioki retained his TKO featherweight championship with a first-round submission of Thierry Quenneville at TKO 35 Saturday night in Montreal.
The win was Hioki’s first inside the confines of TKO since he earned a majority decision over Mark Hominick at TKO 28 back in February of last year. Also victorious on the main card were “Ultimate Fighter” contestant Noah Thomas who submitted Adrian Wooley to claim the vacant TKO bantamweight belt and former hockey enforcer Steve Bosse, who scored a first-round TKO of Sebastien Gauthier.
Just like Don King, boxing mainstay Sycuan Ringside Promotions co-promoted it’s first-ever mixed martial arts event Saturday night in San Diego along with local organization Total Combat. Jesse Taylor stopped fellow UFC veteran Drew Fickett in the first round with strikes in the show’s main attraction.
Complete results from both cards are after the jump.
Wilson Reis. Photo by Esther Lin.
SANTA YNEZ, Calif. – In an excellent, competitive matchup between skilled, determined, well-conditioned fighters, unbeaten Brazilian Wilson Reis (6-0) of Philadelphia registered a close, unanimous five-round decision over Abel Cullum (11-2) of Tucumcari, N.M., to capture the first-ever EliteXC bantamweight title Friday in the main event on ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series.
Los Angeles-based ProElite, Inc.’s live fight division, EliteXC presented the crowd-pleasing event from the Chumash Casino Resort. It aired on Showtime at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
In other fights, Shane Del Rosario (5-0) of Irvine, Calif., scored a second-round TKO (strikes) over Carl Seumanutafa (4-1) of San Francisco, Calif.; in perhaps the fight of the night, David “Tarzan” Douglas (6-1) of Antioch, Calif., registered an upset third-round TKO (strikes) over Malaipet (3-3) of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Jaime Jara (20-5) of North Highlands, Calif., earned a hard-fought split decision over previously undefeated Giva Santana (12-1) of Laguna Niguel, Calif., and Eric “Bad” Apple (10-1) of Orange County, Calif., submitted (rear naked choke) Matt Makowski (3-1) of Philadelphia in the second round.
Las Vegas, NV (USA) – With two spectacular wins that sky-rocketed him into the pound-for-pound stratosphere, WEC® bantamweight champion Miguel Angel Torres has been one of 2008’s great success stories. But the only man standing between him and likely recognition as Fighter of the Year is one of his greatest rivals, Manny Tapia, an unbeaten contender who has been waiting six months for his shot at the 135-pound weight class’ greatest prize. The World Extreme Cagefighting® organization is pleased to announce that on Wednesday, December 3rd, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, these two warriors will finally meet in an explosive contest guaranteed to produce fireworks.
Wanderlei Silva. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Here’s a little mix of news and notes that we missed over the past few days…
Jackson-Silva III Likely for UFC 91
Amidst lingering rumors that the two were set to rematch later this year, it seems that former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will reportedly indeed take on longtime PRIDE middleweight title holder Wanderlei Silva at UFC 91 on November 15 according to MMA Junkie.
Sources within the Wolfslair camp, which Jackson recently joined after parting ways with trainer Juanito Ibarra, have said that Jackson has agreed to the fight and has already begun training. Attempts to contact Wolfslair co-owner Anthony McGann for confirmation by MMA on Tap were unsuccessful.
Jackson and Silva have fought on two separate occasions and Silva was victorious in both fighters. Silva stopped Jackson with strikes in the first round of their original meeting at PRIDE Final Conflict 2003 and then scored a second-round knockout of him at PRIDE 28 four years ago.
Shonie Carter. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
American Kickboxing Academy product Matt Major used superior striking to win a unanimous decision over experienced veteran Shonie Carter in the main event of Cage Combat Fighting Championships’ “Rumble in the Park” show Saturday night in Fresno, California.
The fight stayed on the feet throughout the course of the three-round affair as Carter was unable to score with repeated takedowns. Although Major inflicted very little damage to Carter other than a reported broken wrist, he outpointed the colorful former “Ultimate Fighter” cast member and earned a hard-fought nod on the judge’s scorecards.
The night’s co-main event saw rising local product Casey Olson pick up his third straight victory with a first-round submission of Aaron Miller. Rolando Velasco and Buddy Roberts also retained their respective CFFC bantamweight and heavyweight titles on the card as well.