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Ribeiro faces Calvancanti in lightweight semifinals

Chris "Lights Out" Lytle wins the war at home in Indianapolis, Ind., making what he says was one of the biggest things in town, writes Josh Gross.

Updated: August 18, 2007, 9:05 PM ET
By Gleidson Venga | Sherdog.com

The official announcement by Fight Entertainment Group that its Sept. 17 HERO's lightweight tournament semifinals would put Brazilians Vitor Ribeiro and Gesias Calvancanti came as no surprise to Shaolin, a Nova União black belt.

In fact, Ribeiro, a top-five-ranked 155-pound fighter, stated he was already training to face his countryman in the Japan-based event.

Vitor Ribiero
Mike Fridley/Sherdog.comVictor Ribiero said he expected to face a challenge so he's been preparing for it.
"My training won't change much after this announcement," Ribeiro said of Calvancanti (12-1-1), last year's tournament champion. "I'll work on my weaker points and on his game. Now I'll work hard. I have three weeks ahead. I'll focus myself and hope everything run well."

Shaolin emphasized his teammates' support and his belief that their dedication will help him win.

"Everybody is training together, a unified team," said Ribeiro, who holds an impressive 19-1-0 record. "Everybody is helping and this made training the hardest; everybody knows this fight is very important to me, so they are helping me a lot. The training has been very productive for me."

Bustamante speaks about BTT's new horizons

Contradicting rumors about a Brazilian Top Team breakup, Murilo Bustamante spoke about the changes in the leadership of the team and how he is fixing things since Zé Mário Sperry, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira departed the successful Brazilian camp.

"Every team goes through changes," Bustamante said. "BTT will only close its doors after my death. We are serious people. Zé Mário is going to live in the U.S. to make his old dreams come true: starting a business on his own. But he is still a partner in BTT, the same way Ricardo Liborio was when he went to ATT, and we are still friends."

Regarding the Nogueira brothers, Bustamante said he has tried to reach Minotauro to talk, but hasn't heard back from the former PRIDE heavyweight champion who recently made a successful UFC debut.

Even still, Bustamante said has nothing but the best wishes for the fighting brothers.

The BJJ black belt, who currently splits the leadership of BTT with only Luis Roberto Duarte, spoke about some changes regarding athletes working with outside management.

"We will ask for professional behavior by our MMA team, which includes their managers also," said Bustamante. "The managers who want to work with us will have our doors open, but they'll have to work with integrity."

About the first Mo Team League event in July, which saw his Wildfire boys win, the former UFC middleweight champion was happy with the results.

"My athletes have my congratulations," he said. "We had great performances in every match. I'm glad to be in the finals. It was a great show."

Predador FC 6 full card announced

Predador FC revealed the full card for its sixth edition, which will be held on Aug. 25. There will be eight matches, including three title fights and super-fight bringing Gustavo Machado "Ximu" versus Jorge Patino "Macaco."

The fights will take place in an octagon and Sherdog.com will be there to cover the card.

Full lineup:
Sergio Vieira (Ryan Gracie) vs. Gilmar China (Combat Sports)
Mauricio Alonso (Ryan Gracie) vs. Gilberto Galvao (BTT)
Pedro Irie (Ichigeki) vs. Carlos Galvao Caiçara (Brasa)
Vagner Curio (Macaco Gold Team) vs. Thiago "Jambo" (Ataque Duplo/Minotauro Team)

170-pound title fight
Ricardo Maximo (Nine Nine) vs. Mauro Xuxa (Brasa)

183-pound title fight
Marcio Barao (Ryan Gracie) vs. Rafael Motta (Macaco Gold Team)

205-pound title fight
Fabio Silva (Chute Boxe) vs. Claudio Godoi (Sit Master Roney)

Gustavo Machado "Ximu" (Gordo JJ) vs. Jorge Patino "Macaco" (Chute Boxe)

Azevedo takes on his flight to UFC 75

Luciano Azevedo barely had time to celebrate his shining performance in opening MTL event before jumping on a plane to London last Monday afternoon.

Azevedo, joined by his teammate Julian Jabá, traveled to the Old Country specifically to train Liverpool's Terry Etim, who will face Gleison Tibau at UFC 75 on Sept. 8 in London. In addition to training Etim, Azevedo will also be in his fellow lightweight's corner for the fight.

"My agency [B-TOUGH] is dealing with them and I believe at the right time I will have my chance to show my skills in the UFC," said Azevedo. "As Terry is a member of our team, I want to help him the most I can. He will hold the banner from our team there, RFT, inside that octagon," the PRIDE veteran said before boarding the plane.

Real Fight brings two tournaments, one Super-Fight

The Real Fight organization announced the full card for its fourth edition, which will be held next Saturday at São José dos Campos. Real Fight 4 feature two tournaments and one international fight matching Japan's Endo Makoto against Brazilian Aloisio Baiano.

Full card: 161-pound tournament
Erivaldo Caico (BTT) vs. Caca Lima (Macaco Gold Team)
Johil de Oliveira (Johil Team) vs. Aloisio Dado (Gordo JJ)

183-pound fight
Aloisio Baiano (Chute Boxe) vs. Endo Makoto (Lótus Japão)

205-pound tournament
Paulo Streckert (Macaco GT) vs. Lucas Lopes (ATT) Vinicius Queiroz (Chute Boxe) vs. Danilo Motoserra (Gordo JJ)

Zuluzinho could fight in Storm GP

Following four PRIDE matches that saw him go 1-3, Wagner "Zuluzinho" da Conceicao Martins might participate in the second Storm Heavyweight Grand Prix, slated to commence in October.

His managers and Storm organization are close to signing a contract and chances are Zuluzinho will fight again in Brazil this year. The tournament winner will take a brand new car as the prize.

"I hope my managers and my agency make a deal to Storm organization. If I get inside this Grand Prix, I will win. And I will be back to Belém, packed tightly inside that car," said the 390-pound fighter.

Brazilian conquers world Muay Thai title

Cosmo Alexandre competed Aug. 12 for the 159-pound World Muay Thai Professional Federation title against Frenchman Bibi Sitjaipetch. Alexandre was also the first Brazilian to participate at the traditional Queen's Birthday celebration.

A ring staged at Sanam Luang Plaza in Bangkok, Thailand, hosted high-level bouts and was home for Alexandre when he was crowned the first Brazilian professional Muay Thai champion.

The Brazilian imposed his rhythm throughout the fight, and in the third round Alexandre knocked Sitjaipetch down after a left hook followed a right straight. With the Frenchman back on his feet, Cosmo punished him with knees and elbows until the referee stopped the title contest.

After this amazing performance, the Brazilian will fight again Sept. 1 in New Zealand, and then he will return to Thailand to compete in his biggest challenge, the reality television show "It's Show Time Reality," which will air in December on the European network.

News and notes

The Kobushi, the lead agency behind Demolition Fight, will hold São Paulo's first amateur Shootboxing event on Sept. 8. Two Japanese officials will be brought in to referee. … Last Saturday in Curitiba, Fight Spirit featured MMA and Muay Thai bouts. Heralded as a new Chute Boxe star, Junior Santos defeated Araripe Boi by triangle choke in the first round.

Gleidson Venga covers MMA in Brazil for Sherdog.com.