JZ and Shaolin on Course for NYE in Japan

October 25, 2008
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There is a star-studded cast of international fighters in Chicago this week for UFC 90, including a strong contingent of Brazilian fighters. A couple of the more prominent fighters from Brazil informed MMAInsider that, not surprisingly, they are heading to Japan for New Year’s Eve.

Gesias “JZ” Calvancante said that he has healed up from his injuries and will be fighting during Japan’s biggest MMA time of year. The deal hasn’t been completely finalized yet, but he plans on fighting Dream champion Joachim Hansen, as previously reported by MMAWeekly.com.

Of course, with Japan’s penchant for changing up fights at the last minute, you never know.

In town to corner Thales Leites, Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro said that he whole-heartedly plans on fighting in Japan on New Year’s Eve as well. He still is under contract with Dream and will fight, but he has yet to be given an opponent.

Kind of sliding in under the radar is Shaolin’s recent decision to pull up roots and come to America. About four months ago, according to him, he moved to Jersey City, N.J. and now has his own academy open in mid-town Manhattan.

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