Vitor Ribeiro will enter the Octagon later this month, but he won’t do it as a fighter.
former Shooto and Cage Rage 155-pound champion, will referee a UFC
fight for the first time at the UFC Fight Night 45 card in Atlantic
City, N.J., on July 16, and he’s anxious to step inside the Octagon.
"I’m excited," Ribeiro
told MMAFighting.com. "I have a lot experience as a referee in Brazil,
but I worked at some amateur events in New Jersey, and recently worked
at a professional event in May, so they decided to put me on the
preliminary card of the UFC."
"Shaolin" worked in more
than a dozen MMA fights in Brazil and got a license to referee fights at
the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board in late-2013. According to
the MMA veteran, he worked in approximately 25 fights in the United
States before getting the call to step in the Octagon.
"Being an ex-fighter is
not the only solution. It helps, but you have situations where you have
to use a replay, for an example," he said. "NFL and soccer are starting
to use some technology now, and it helps a lot. That’s the way. But,
until we get to that point, being a former MMA fighter helps a lot.
"It’s interesting to have
someone with more knowledge on the grappling area, someone that knows
what’s going on there," he continued. "(Ricardo Almeida) is a judge now, I’m a referee, so we’ll slowly advance in that area so we can let fighters work.
"Sometimes you can stop a
fight earlier if you play only by the rules. You have to follow the
rules, but you have to let them fight. We have good judges and good
referees, like Herb Dean and Big John, but some don’t do a good job. I
think the commission should also do some training."
We had an excellent showing last night for the belt test! Congratulations to all new belts and from our affiliates, Omni Martial Arts and Bronx Jiu Jitsu!
We look forward to your journey to Black Belt!
Check out the pictures here: https://plus.google.com/photos/110878779726258545442/albums/6029981443983560609
In April, Vitor Shaolin BJJ represented at both the Boston Open as well as the New York Open.
We did not have too many members competing, but several of those who did brought back some medals.
Richard Lam -- Bronze (First IBJJF medal achieved)
Sumit Bose -- Bronze (Some very dominating victories achieved)
Alex Ecklin -- Gold
Van Allen Flores -- Silver
New York Open:
Richard Lam -- Bronze
Nick Beatty -- Bronze
Jen Sung -- Bronze
Van Allen Flores -- Bronze
Chris Lackhan -- Bronze
If you competed and did not reach your goals, were not ready enough to compete, are now motivated to go out there, there is still time in May. The Big Apple BJJ Open is on May 17th, so there is still a few weeks to train to be ready.
Dave Tester has been training in the martial arts for over 35 years. He is a well rounded martial artist who holds black belts in several different martial arts including Tae Kwon Do, Kempo Karate, Ki Do Kwan as well as Ao Denkou Kai Jitsu.
To add to his already impressive resume, Dave recently attained his black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Vitor Shaolin.
Dave has been training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since the year 2000, and has joined Vitor Shaolin's affiliation in 2009.
We send Dave a huge congratulations and know that he will be representing well with his new belt.
To learn about Dave and his academy, please visit the website below: