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WEC Bantamweight Fighter Will Ribeiro Injured In Motorcycle Accident

WEC’s bantamweight (135 lbs.) fighter, Will Ribeiro, was sent to a hospital in Brazil early this morning after a tragic motorcycle accident.  According to the report, Ribeiro was riding as a passenger and the driver lost control.  His manager Ed Soares was told by one of his assistants that Ribeiro wasn’t wearing a helmet during the accident.  He is currently in a coma and has lost sight in one of his eyes.

Ribeiro currently holds an overall MMA record of 10-2, winning four of his last five bouts.  He lost his last fight to Brian Bowles at WEC 37: ‘Torres vs. Tapia’ via a guillotine choke submission in the third round.

Here’s a snip from the full report (props to mmaweekly):

"Soares said one of his assistants in Brazil told him Ribeiro was riding a passenger on the motorcycle and was not wearing a helmet.  The street they were riding on was slick due to rain.  Ribeiro was rushed to a local hospital and underwent emergency… Soares stated: ‘my assistant said that the doctor said for sure that he (Ribeiro) has lost sight in one of his eyes…he’s still in a coma.  After surgery the doctor said there is a 50-50 shot that he come out of it (survive)…he’s a very positive guy, very hard-working, a good person…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.’"

We wish Will Ribeiro the best of luck his road to recovery.  Let’s keep our prayers with him.

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