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Motorcycle Accident Leaves Cagefighter in Coma

Tue, 23 Dec 2008 00:00:00 -0800

WEC (World Extreme Cagefighter) bantamweight fighter Will Ribeiro was recently in a motorcycle accident that has left him in a comatose state in hospital in Rio De Janeiro according to WEC.tv. According to the report, Ribeiro was riding as a passenger on the motorcycle and was not wearing a helmet when the bike crashed on a slick road.

“My assistant said that the doctor said for sure that [Ribeiro] has lost sight in one of his eyes,” Ribeiro’s manager, Ed Soares, told WEC.tv. “He’s still in a coma. After surgery the doctor said there is a 50-50 shot that he will come out of it (and survive).”

Ribeiro (10-2), 24, launched his professional career five years ago in his native Brazil. After a 9-1 start to his career, which included a 3-0 mark in Shooto, he made his WEC debut with a split-decision victory over Chase Beebe in June.

“He’s a very positive guy, very hard-working, a good person,” Soares said of Ribeiro. “He had had a very rough life. His mother passed away like seven years ago and he took over the care of his younger sister. He’s like a father-brother-mother to her. … I’m still crushed right now.”


By Dustin Woods


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