Ribeiro's coach Luiz Alvez, who learned of Ribeiro's current condition from Ribeiro's grandfather, told the magazine on Monday that Ribeiro is still being kept in an induced coma but he's already moving his arms and legs.Alvez said Ribeiro is recovering better than expected according to doctors and may regain eyesight from the one eye that he lost vision in.
"The doctors explained that, with the impact, his skull was broken a bit and that ended up affecting the nerves of his eye," Alvez told the magazine. "That is why the eye is very swollen and black. We have to hope for his recovery, but we are quite confident he won't lose his sight."
Ribeiro (10-2) made his American television debut earlier this month at the Versus-televised WEC 37: Torres vs. Tapia event, losing to Brian Bowles via guillotine choke in the third round. In June, Ribeiro won a split decision over former WEC bantamweight champion Chase Beebe.