Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Team History, Fighter Stats, Biographies and News

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Saulo Ribeiro is a 5x Brazilian jiu jitsu World Champion and one of the greatest fighters to have ever competed in the sport. A black belt in both judo and Brazilian jiu jitsu, Saulo Ribeiro has won the ADCC (the most important submission wrestling tournament in the World) on two occasions forming together with his younger brother Alexandre Ribeiro one of the most accomplished families in the sport.

Saulo Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Saulo Mendonca Ribeiro Filho

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Royler Gracie > Saulo Ribeiro

Main Titles (Black Belt)/ Record:

  • World Champion (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002)
  • ADCC Champion (2000, 2003)
  • Pan American Champion (1998 – Weight and Absolute)
  • World NoGi Champion (2008)

Weight Division: Peso Médio, Meio Pesado & Pesado

Favourite Technique: Kouchi Gari (Throw) and Choke from the Mount Position.

Team/Association: Gracie Humaita and Ribeiro Jiu-jitsu Association

Saulo Ribeiro Biography

Saulo Ribeiro was born on the 2nd of July 1974 in Manaus, Brazil. He started training Jiu Jitsu when he was 15 years old as a way to complement his Judo game with submissions, his first instructor was Fabio Monteiro in the Academia Monteiro.

In December 1991 Saulo Ribeiro moved away from his home town to pursue his academic career in Rio de Janeiro, there he joined the Gracie Humaitá academy where he was coached by Royler Gracie, the man who would award Saulo his black belt in Jiu Jitsu 4 years later (on the 27th of November 1995), shortly after Saulo won his first Brazilian national title in the lightweight brown belt division. Saulo also tried his luck in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in 1996, with two more sporadic occasions (in 2000 and 2002) obtaining a 2-1 record (2 wins by submission) fighting against seasoned veterans, however, his focus was always in BJJ and submission wrestling and his career in MMA never really took off.

On the year of 2007 the Ribeiro brothers joined forces with their Master, Royler Gracie, and founded the University of Jiu Jitsu a space were they share their knowledge of jiu jitsu and the “Bushido” way, a more traditional view of the martial arts way of life focussing not only on the technical aspect of the sport, but also the values that are the base of any martial art, such as attitude, discipline, honour and respect.

Today, Saulo Ribeiro is considered one of the best coaches in the grappling scene with academies spread throughout the world and over 2000 students training under the Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu Association, plus over 100 students in the University of Jiu Jitsu camp. He has also formed and graduated over 30 Black Belts.

Saulo Ribeiro Fight Stats

1 by sub
26 by Points (58%)
10 by Advantages (22%)
1 by Penalties (2%)
7 by Submission (16%)
1 by Decision (2%)
0 by Disqualified (0%)
1 by Armbar (14%)
1 by Bow and arrow (14%)
Bow and arrow
4 by Submission (57%)
1 by Triangle-armbar (14%)
11 by Points (61.11%)
0 by Advantages (0%)
1 by Penalties (6%)
5 by Submission (27.78%)
1 by Decision (5.56%)
0 by Disqualified (0%)
1 by Armbar (20%)
1 by Baseball choke (20%)
Baseball choke
1 by Cross choke (20%)
Cross choke
1 by Kneebar (20%)
1 by Toe hold (20%)
Toe hold

Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
76Roberto RoletaRoberto RoletaLRefree DecisionPan AmericanU88kgFinal1996
80Roberto CorreaRoberto CorreaLPts: 4x2Pan AmericanAbsoluteSemi f.1996
82Roberto RoletaRoberto RoletaLArmbarBrasileiroU88kgFinal1996
102Mario SperryMario SperryLPointsWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 21997
231Jeff MonsonLPointsADCCU99kgFinal1999
383Sanae KikutaLPts: 3x0ADCCU88kgFinal2001
392Ricardo AronaRicardo AronaLPts: 2x0ADCCAbsolute1/4 final2001
402Fernando MargaridaFernando MargaridaLPts: 2x0World Champ.AbsoluteFinal2001
416Fernando MargaridaFernando MargaridaLBaseball chokeWorld Champ.U88kgFinal2001
476Marcio CruzMarcio CruzLPts: 2x0World Champ.AbsoluteFinal2002
516Dean ListerDean ListerLKneebarADCCAbsolute1/4 final2003
660Fernando MargaridaFernando MargaridaLPts: 4x2World CupU94kgSemi f.2004
694Demian MaiaDemian MaiaLPts: 0x0, PenADCCU88kgSemi f.2005
753Ronaldo SouzaRonaldo SouzaLPts: 8x0World CupU88kgSemi f.2005
767Gabriel NapaoLPts: 5x0World CupO75kg1/4 final2005
809Roger GracieRoger GracieLCross chokeWorld Champ.AbsoluteSemi f.2005
889Mike FowlerMike FowlerLToe holdADCCU77kg1/4 final2007
1060Fabricio WerdumFabricio WerdumLPointsADCCO99kgSemi-f.2009
93Guilherme SantosWAdvWorld Champ.U82kg1/4 final1997
95Rony RusticoWAdvWorld Champ.U82kgSemi f.1997
96Nino SchembriNino SchembriWAdvWorld Champ.U82kgFinal1997
144Ze MarcelloWPts: 2x0Super LigaAbsolute1/4 final1998
146Ismael SousaWPts: 13x0Super LigaAbsoluteSemi f.1998
148Leo DallaWPts: 3x0Super LigaAbsoluteFinal1998
167Anderson XavierWPointsWorld Champ.U94kg1/4 final1998
169Murilo BustamanteMurilo BustamanteWAdvWorld Champ.U94kgSemi f.1998
170Fabio GurgelFabio GurgelWPts: 2x0World Champ.U94kgFinal1998
176Fabio GurgelFabio GurgelWAdvOscar de JJU94kgSuperfight1998
185Marcelo HertzWAdvWorld Champ.U88kgRd 11999
186Givanildo SantanaWAdvWorld Champ.U88kg1/4 final1999
187Ze MarcelloWAdvWorld Champ.U88kgSemi f.1999
189Roberto RoletaRoberto RoletaWAdvWorld Champ.U88kgFinal1999
224Mourat OzovWSubmissionADCCU99kgRd 11999
228Vernon WhiteWPointsADCCU99kg1/4 final1999
229Murilo BustamanteMurilo BustamanteWPointsADCCU99kgSemi f.1999
265Roberto FerreiraWPointsWorld Champ.U100kgRd 12000
266Adilson LimaWPointsWorld Champ.U100kg1/4 final2000
267Gabriel GonzagaWPointsWorld Champ.U100kgSemi f.2000
268Daniel SimoesDaniel SimoesWPointsWorld Champ.U100kgFinal2000
297Jerry BolanderWPointsADCCU88kgRd 12000
301Dave MenneWSubmissionADCCU88kg1/4 final2000
303Sasha SavkoWPointsADCCU88kgSemi f.2000
304Ricardo LiborioRicardo LiborioWPointsADCCU88kgFinal2000
373Travis LutterTravis LutterWPts: 2x0ADCCU88kgRd 12001
378R. AndersonWArmbarADCCU88kg1/4 final2001
381Nino SchembriNino SchembriWPenADCCU88kgSemi f.2001
388T. YanoWSubmissionADCCAbsoluteRounds2001
412Roger CoelhoRoger CoelhoWPointsWorld Champ.U88kg1/4 final2001
413Marcos ShefferWPointsWorld Champ.U88kg1/4 Final2001
414Leandro BorgoWPointsWorld Champ.U88kgSemi f.2001
415Murilo RuppWPointsWorld Champ.U88kgSemi f.2001
459Roberto CorreaRoberto CorreaWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.U88kgRd 12002
460Fabio NascimentoWBow and arrowWorld Champ.U88kg1/4 final2002
461Erik WanderleiWPts: 7x0World Champ.U88kgFinal2002
512Jeff MonsonWRefree DecisionADCCAbsoluteRd 12003
659Fabio NegaoWPointsWorld CupU94kg1/4 final2004
687L. PapadopoulisWPts: 3x0ADCCU88kgrd 12005
691Jorge PatinoJorge PatinoWPts: 10x0ADCCU88kg1/4 final2005
696Dennis HallmanWTriangle-armbarADCCU88kg3/4 place2005
847Jake ShieldsJake ShieldsWPts: 2x1LA Sub-XAbsoluteSuperfight2006
887Takefuni HanaiWSubmissionADCCU77kgRd 12007
1054Kouji KanechikaWPointsADCCO99kgRd 12009
1057Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWPointsADCCO99kg1/4 final2009
3113Rodrigo CompridoRodrigo CompridoD---Metamoris 4AbsoluteSuperfight2014

Picture taken by William Burkhardt of BJJPix.

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