Will Ribeiro has come a long way since I first started writing about him back in September 2010. I’m incredibly proud of him, and especially his brother Wladimir Alves for never giving up and never backing down, despite being painted by certain members of the fight community as being a liar, and of bad character. Both claims were proven to be untrue, but sadly, many MMA fans are still blind to the truth. That, and they simply don’t care.
I never did sell very many copies of my first book Desolate Warrior, and any copies that I did sell, I used the revenue to buy more so that I could give them away in order to help spread the word about Will’s struggles. Two and a half years later, and I’m amazed at how far these two brothers have come with such limited resources.
Please take a look through this photo album from yesterday’s event down in Brazil called “Fighting for Peace” (Lutando pela Paz), which acknowledged Will’s volunteer work as a coach for impoverished youth. They even put Will’s likeness and image in the middle of the cage mat. Respect!
“On the day of the event, Will is to be honored by Natura, a major manufacturer that supports various social programs,” Wladimir Alves, event organizer and Ribeiro’s brother, told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). “His work is being acknowledged as a great new project with serious growth potential. Likewise, he’ll be recognized by Rio de Janeiro’s state legislative assembly.”
Keep up the great work guys! The fight’s not over yet.