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Ribeiro, Calvancante to Return at DREAM New Years Eve Show

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Two-time K-1 Hero’s middleweight tournament winner Gesias “JZ” Calvancanti and former Shooto and Cage Rage lightweight champion Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro will both reportedly return to action at Fighting and Entertainment Group’s annual “Dynamite!” show on New Year’s Eve in Japan according to MMA Weekly’s MMA Insider Blog.

Both Calvancanti and Ribeiro have been battling injuries for much of 2008. Calvancanti last took on Shinya Aoki at DREAM.2 in April, where he dropped an unanimous decision. Following the fight, the Brazilian was forced to undergo surgery to repair a torn meniscus and ACL in one of his knees and was expected to be sidelined until the end of this year.

Meanwhile Ribeiro has battled an injury bug that has prevented him from competing since suffering a first-round TKO loss to Calvancanti at the K-1 Hero’s middleweight tournament finals in September 2007. “Shaolin” owns career victories over some of MMA’s top lightweights, including Mitsuhiro Ishida, Tatsuya Kawajiri, and Joachim Hansen.















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Post #1   10/26/08 11:16:48AM   

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Sweet. Two more great LWs back in the fold. Really looking forward to seeing JZ return to action.

Post #2   10/26/08 12:52:40PM   

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Yeah, I like JZ a lot....thought for sure he was going to meet up with Alvarez....that would have been sweet! Maybe now, if Eddie stays in Japan, we can catch that fight!!

Post #3   10/26/08 1:20:25PM   

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I look forward to this card. Hopefully they can get some of the better EliteXC fighters on board, and put together a big fight card.

Post #4   10/26/08 6:32:03PM