Pioneers of the Sport: Royler Gracie vs. Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro (1997)

In this week’s “Pioneers of the Sport” we feature two of the most dominating fighters in the Pena (Featherweight) division during the late ‘90s through the mid 2000’s… Royler Gracie (Gracie Humaita) and Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro (Nova União)!

Receiving his black belt early that year, Shaolin at 18 years old was a huge underdog versus the legendary Royler Gracie. While the outcome was not a surprise, Ribeiro performance was a valiant one versus the juggernaut of the Pena division.

Enjoy the match!