Main Event | Lightweight · 155 lbs | Pro MMA
Justin Wilcox defeats Vitor Ribeiro via 3 Round Decision
"The Silverback" "Shaolin"
|9-3-0||Pro Record At Fight||20-4-0|
|Climbed to 10-3||Record After Fight||Fell to 20-5|
|+190 (Slight Underdog)||Betting Odds||-230 (Moderate Favorite)|
|San Jose, California||Fighting out of||Rio De Janiero, Brazil|
|31 years, 8 months, 1 week||Age at Fight||31 years, 8 months, 3 weeks, 5 days|
|155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs)||Weigh-In Result||155.6 lbs (70.6 kgs)|
|5'6" (168cm)||Height||5'8" (173cm)|
|68.0" (173cm)||Reach||71.0" (180cm)|
|American Kickboxing Academy||Gym||Nova União|
- Bout Information
- Event: Strikeforce Challengers 12: Shaolin vs Wilcox
- Date: Friday 11.19.2010 at 11:00 PM ET
- Referee: David Ferguson
- Venue: Jackson Convention Complex
- Enclosure: Cage
- Location: Jackson, Mississippi, United States
- Bout Billing: Main Event (fight 11 of 11)
- Pro/Am: Professional
- Weight: 155 lbs (70.3 kg)
- TV Commentary: Mauro Ranallo, Stephen Quadros, Pat Militech
- Broadcast: Aired Live on Main Card
- Post-Fight Interviewer: Mauro Ranallo
- Ribeiro Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
- Wilcox Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
Ribeiro vs. Wilcox Wiki
The main event of Strikeforce Challengers 12 had Shooto, Dream, and K1-Hero's veteran Vitor Ribeiro taking on Justin Wilcox. Ribeiro was on a two-fight losing streak heading into the contest and 0-1 in Strikeforce competition. Wilcox was 3-1 in Strikeforce and on a four fight win streak overall.
Wilcox came out landing with jabs while Ribeiro cautiously circled. Ribeiro fell to his back, trying to goad Wilcox into a ground battle, but Wilcox had no interest in grappling the jiu-jitsu champion. Wilcox continued his boxing attack and slipped out of a single leg takedown attempt. Ribeiro was unable to mount much offense except for an occasional jab, likely giving the opening round to Wilcox.
Ribeiro employed good footwork in round two yet it was Wilcox who landed the greater volume of punches. Wilcox calmly sprawled out of a Ribeiro takedown attempt and delivered an uppercut as his opponent stood back up. Another overhand right from Wilcox caused a more noticeable flow of blood from Ribeiro's nose. The second round closed with Wilcox continuing to control the standup-oriented fight.
"Shaolin" shot in for another single leg takedown at the start of round three, and while he came closer than any previous attempt, was rebuffed again by Wilcox. Ribeiro seemed unable to find any way to seize control of the fight despite winding up and missing with increasingly bigger punches. Wilcox had no trouble avoiding the takedown attempts and boxed his way towards the end of the bout. A flying knee by Ribeiro was too little too late, and fight concluded with Wilcox having implemented a perfect gameplan.
All three judges scored the bout 30-27 for Justin Wilcox, the unanimous decision victor. In post fight comments with Mauro Ranallo Wilcox commented, "At AKA we've got the best stand-up; Cain Velasquez and soon you'll see Josh Koscheck."
Ribeiro vs. Wilcox Fight Predictions
Videos & Highlights
Interview | Justin Wilcox post-fight interview report dead link
Watch this post-fight video interview with Justin Wilcox following his victory over Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro.