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

Alexandre Ribeiro

Alexandre Ribeiro, often mentioned as Xande Ribeiro is a 6x world Jiu Jitsu champion from the legendary Gracie Humaitá jiu jitsu camp. Having been taught by some of the best coaches such as Royler Gracie and Vini Aieta as well as Xande’s own brother, the legendary Saulo Ribeiro. Alexandre Ribeiro (who is ranked #1 on BJJ Heroes’ Top 10 BJJ Fighters of All Time) also had a short spell fighting in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in 2008 competing in Japan’s organization Sengoku.

Alexandre Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Alexandre Couceiro Ribeiro

Nickname: Xande is a common way of saying Alexandre in Brazil. The nickname was given by the Monteiro Brothers, Alexandre Ribeiro’s first instructors.

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

Main Achievements:

  • World Champion (2008 weight & absolute, 2006 weight & absolute, 2005, 2004 black belt, 2000 – brown belt)
  • Pan American Champion (2006, 2005, 2001 absolute, 2002 black belt)
  • World No Gi Champion (2012 weight & absolute black belt)
  • World Silver Medallist –  black belt division (2012, 2010, 2005 black belt)
  • ADCC Champion (2009, 2007)
  • ADCC Silver Medallist (2009 open weight)
  • ADCC Bronze Medallist (2005)
  • World Bronze Medallist (2013,

Weight Division: Heavy and Super Heavyweight

Team/Association: Gracie Humaitá/ Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu

Important DVD Releases: Instructional BJJ, The Road to a Championship

Alexandre Xande Ribeiro Biography

Alexandre Ribeiro was born January 20, 1981 in Manaus – Brazil. He started his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tuition under the Monteiro Brothers School, who were a team under the guidance of Royler Gracie and the Famous Gracie Humaita, Alexandre was 10 at the time. He excelled in BJJ from the start just like his brother, another BJJ great, who goes by the name of Saulo Ribeiro. It is said that in his first 7 years of training he only lost 2 times in competition.

When he turned 18 he moved to Rio de Janeiro to study law, but he never stopped training and competing. He joined Gracie Humaita matrix academy ran by Royler Gracie and in which his brother was a star pupil. Xande went on to win two world championships and Pan Americans during the the fist two years at the “Cidade Maravilhosa” (Rio de Janeiro).

On March 2001 he was awarded his well deserved Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu by the hands of 6 time World BJJ Champion (and proud brother) Saulo Ribeiro.

His BJJ career has been plagued with injuries (specially in the first couple of years after winning his black belt), even though he managed to win the Pan American’s Absolute Division (Open weight) that year. He healed up and hit the ground running getting gold at his weight class (Heavy Weight) in 2004 at the Mundial (World Championships) and taking the bronze medal in the open weight – absolute – division.

In 2005 he struck gold again at the Pan Ams and World stage in the Absolute and Finished 2nd in his weight. He also had a good run at the ADCC (the biggest submission Wrestling tournament in the world) getting 3rd place in his division.

2006 had more of the same installed for Xande as he won the Pan American title and a World Cup title, as well as winning the Absolute Division and The Heavy Weight division. The following year came and Grappling’s greatest honour came with it as Xande was crowned winner of that year’s eddition of Abu Dhabi’s Combat Club (ADCC), the World’s greatest submission Wrestling competition.

2008 Another bull’s-eye at the Absolute division and his weigh at the World Jiu Jitsu Championships.

Alexandre Ribeiro moved to San Diego, California in the United States together with his brother Saulo Ribeiro. They opened a (now famed) academy called University of Jiu Jitsu where they have taught many illustrious competitors, namely, former UFC Lightweight contender Diego Sanchez. Alexandre has also picked up MMA though his career has not been as active as expected. The ‘Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu Association’ was also a creation of the Ribeiro brothers while in the US, a team that grew very strong with the help of foreign talent such as Rafael Lovato Junior, Justin Rader or Laurence Cousin.

Alexandre Ribeiro Fight Stats

1 by sub
21 by Points (49%)
4 by Advantages (9%)
0 by Penalties (0%)
17 by Submission (40%)
0 by Decision (0%)
1 by Disqualified (2%)
7 by Armbar (41%)
2 by Choke from back (12%)
Choke from back
1 by Cross choke f/ mount (6%)
Cross choke f/ mount
1 by Flying Armbar (6%)
Flying Armbar
1 by Kimura (6%)
1 by Kneebar (6%)
2 by Mata leao (12%)
Mata leao
1 by Submission (6%)
1 by Wristlock (6%)
10 by Points (47.62%)
3 by Advantages (14%)
0 by Penalties (0%)
5 by Submission (23.81%)
3 by Decision (14.29%)
0 by Disqualified (0%)
4 by Mata leao (80%)
Mata leao
1 by Triangle (20%)

Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
260Roberto CorreaRoberto CorreaLPointsPan AmericanU88kgSemi f.2001
302Roger GracieRoger GracieLPointsADCCU99kg3rd Plc2003
377Marcio CruzMarcio CruzLRefree DecisionBest FightersAbsoluteSuperfight2004
409Fernando MargaridaFernando MargaridaLPts: 2x2, AdvCopa do MundoAbsolute1/4 final2004
426Marcio CruzMarcio CruzLPts: 2x0Pan AmericanAbsoluteFinal2005
459Roger GracieRoger GracieLMata leaoADCCU99kgSemi f.2005
517Roger GracieRoger GracieLMata leaoADCCAbsoluteSemi f.2005
518Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLMata leaoADCCAbsolute3/4 place2005
557Roger GracieRoger GracieLPts: 12x2World Champ.U100kgFinal2005
562Roger GracieRoger GracieLTrianglePan AmericanAbsoluteFinal2006
658Roger GracieRoger GracieLPts: 4x2World Champ.AbsoluteFinal2008
821Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 2x0World Champ.U94kgFinal2010
861Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPointsWorld Pro.O92kg1/4 final2011
1154Joao AssisJoao AssisLMata leaoADCCU99Semi Finals2011
1181Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchLRefree DecisionADCCAbsoluteSemi Finals2011
1477Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 2x0World Pro.AbsoluteSemi f.2012
1526Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLPts: 4x0World Champ.Absolute1/4 final2012
1725Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.U94kgFinal2012
1789Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLAdvCopa PodioU100kgGroups2013
1793Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLPts: 6x0Copa PodioU100kgGroups2013
2039Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLRefree DecisionWorld Champ.U94kgSemi Final2013
251Marcio CorletaMarcio CorletaWPointsPan AmericanAbsoluteRd 12001
252Rodrigo BoniWPointsPan AmericanAbsolute1/4 Final2001
253Cassio WerneckCassio WerneckWPointsPan AmericanAbsoluteSemi f.2001
254Fabio LeopoldoFabio LeopoldoWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanAbsoluteFinal2001
380Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaWPts: 6x0BrasileiroAbsoluteFinal2004
421Rogerio PassosWArmbarCopa do MundoU100kg1/4 final2004
422Erik WanderleiWPts: 6x0Copa do MundoU100kgFinal2004
455Michael GrothWArmbarADCCU99kgRd 12005
458Jamal PetersonWPts: 2x0ADCCU99kg1/4 final2005
460John EinimoWPts: 6x0ADCCU99kg3/4 place2005
476Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 4x2Copa do MundoU100kg1/4 final2005
477Ricardo AbreuRicardo AbreuWArmbarCopa do MundoU100kgSemi f.2005
478Roberto ToziRoberto ToziWPts: 2x2, AdvCopa do MundoU100kgFinal2005
494Bruno BastosBruno BastosWChoke from backCopa do MundoO75kg1/4 final2005
498Fernando MargaridaFernando MargaridaWPts: 9x2Copa do MundoO75kgSemi f.2005
500Ronaldo SouzaRonaldo SouzaWPts: 2x0Copa do MundoO75kgFinal2005
508Antoine JoudeWN/AADCCAbsoluteRd 12005
512Gabriel NapaoWMata leaoADCCAbsolute1/4 final2005
554Ricardo MoraisWWristlockWorld Champ.U100kg1/4 final2005
555Rodrigo CompridoRodrigo CompridoWArmbarWorld Champ.U100kgSemi f.2005
558Roger GracieRoger GracieWAdvPan AmericanU100kgFinal2006
571Roger GracieRoger GracieWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.AbsoluteFinal2006
603Yukissyu OzawaWSubmissionADCCU99kgRd 12007
615Tim CarpenterWKimuraADCCU99kg1/4 final2007
621Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaWPointsADCCU99kgFinal2007
623Robert DrysdaleRobert DrysdaleWPointsADCCU99kgSemi f.2007
681Gunnar NelsonGunnar NelsonWKneebarADCCAbsoluteSemi f.2009
1111Kari PetolaWPts: 5x0ADCCU99kg1st2011
1139Lucio LagartoWMata leaoADCCU991/4 Finals2011
1160Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWPts: 4x0ADCCU993 & 4 Place2011
1173Jeff MonsonWDQADCCAbsolute1st2011
1177Gunnar NelsonGunnar NelsonWPts: 2x0ADCCAbsolute1/4 Finals2011
1182Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 2x0ADCCAbsolute3rd & 4th Place2011
1467Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosWArmbarWorld Pro.U99kgSemi f.2012
1468Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 2x0World Pro.U99kgFinal2012
1502Ryan BeaugeardWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 22012
1516Adriano IgnacioWArmbarWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 22012
1713Eduardo SilvaWChoke from BackWorld Champ.U94kgRd 22012
1719Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWPts: 3x0World Champ.U94kg1/4 final2012
1723Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWFlying ArmbarWorld Champ.U94kgSemi f.2012
1765Dean ListerDean ListerD---MetamorisAbsoluteSuperfight2012
1786Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 4x2Copa PodioU100kgGroups2013
1791Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWArmbarCopa PodioU100kgGroups2013
2036Max FreitasWCross choke f/ mountWorld Champ.U94kg1/4 Final2013

Xande Ribeiro on Guard Retention

Xande Ribeiro vs Dean Lister

Xande Ribeiro vs Ricardo Ramos

This post is also available in: Portuguese (Brazil)


  • Mike Castro says:

    Xande is awesome I had the pleasure to watch him compete at the Worlds and he was unstoppable. After watching him compete he became my BJJ hero.

    Mike Castro


  • Alex says:

    It says he is a 6x time world champion but you only listed 5 of his titles

  • Phil says:

    It says Xande studied law when he went to Rio but on the interview portion of Saulo's Revolution DVD Saulo says he studied law in Rio. It's possible they both went to study law, or this factoid should be Saulo's bio.

    On another note, this site is wonderful, Thank you.

  • eric says:

    xande is coming to Korea! so excited!

  • Adriano Monteiro Jr says:

    The Monteiro Brothers are the best jiu jitsu academy in the North Region,the best in Manaus.A lot of great fighters were their students,such as: Xande Ribeiro,Saulo Ribeiro,Adriano Martins ,etc.And the current Ultra Featherweight world champion Gabriel Moraes( in fact ,they made a lot of world champions).And they are not an academy under the guidance of Royler.Thanks Very much masters Guto(Adriano),F

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