Vitor Ribeiro. Photo courtesy of Fighting and Entertainment Group.
— Brazilian lightweight standout Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro has reportedly signed a multi-fight deal with Strikeforce. The promotion is expected to officially announce the signing shortly. While Ribeiro may actually still be under contract with DREAM, the two organizations share a talent-exchange program. Ribeiro returned to active competition earlier this year after an 18-month hiatus, defeating Katsuhiko Nagata and falling to Shinya Aoki thus far. [Sherdog.com]
—Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson will be sidelined until at least December after breaking his leg for the second time this year during training. The injury will now keep Thomson from a potential showdown against Gilbert Melendez at Strikeforce’s “Fedor vs. Rogers” event on November 7 in Chicago. According to Thomson, a return bout for him could be possible at a yet-to-be-announced event on December 19. [MMA Weekly]
— Texas native Will Campuzano has reportedly been tapped to replace an injured Akitoshi Tamura against Damacio Page at WEC 43, which will take place on October 10 in San Antonio. Campuzano has won all six of his professional bouts to date. He most recently competed at a “Urban Rumble Championships” event in May, earning a first-round TKO of local journeyman Tim Snyder. [Versus.com]
— Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir and former WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres are both reportedly headed to Mark Dellagrotte’s Sityodtong camp. “I just picked up Frank Mir, he is going to be working with us,” Dellagrotte said. “I have a great relationship with Frank, he is going to be my new project. And Miguel Torres is coming to see us, he is coming off that loss [to Bowles], he’s gonna work with us and we will hopefully get his belt back.” [Fighters Only Magazine]
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