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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
28 by Points (50%)
5 by Advantages (9%)
0 by Penalties (0%)
22 by Submission (39%)
0 by Decision (0%)
1 by Disqualified (2%)
9 by Armbar (41%)
3 by Choke from back (14%)
Choke from back
1 by Cross choke f/ mount (5%)
Cross choke f/ mount
1 by Flying Armbar (5%)
Flying Armbar
1 by Kimura (5%)
1 by Kneebar (5%)
3 by Mata leao (14%)
Mata leao
1 by Omoplata (5%)
1 by Submission (5%)
1 by Wristlock (5%)
11 by Points (45.83%)
3 by Advantages (13%)
0 by Penalties (0%)
7 by Submission (29.17%)
3 by Decision (12.5%)
0 by Disqualified (0%)
1 by Injury (14%)
4 by Mata leao (57%)
Mata leao
1 by Submission (14%)
1 by Triangle (14%)

Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
423Roberto CorreaRoberto CorreaLPointsPan AmericanU88kgSemi f.2001
492A. CacarecoLSubmissionADCCU99kgSemi f.2003
494Roger GracieRoger GracieLPointsADCCU99kg3rd Plc2003
600Marcio CruzMarcio CruzLRefree DecisionBest FightersAbsoluteSuperfight2004
632Fernando MargaridaFernando MargaridaLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld CupAbsolute1/4 final2004
663Marcio CruzMarcio CruzLPts: 2x0Pan AmericanAbsoluteFinal2005
697Roger GracieRoger GracieLMata leaoADCCU99kgSemi f.2005
726Roger GracieRoger GracieLMata leaoADCCAbsoluteSemi f.2005
727Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLMata leaoADCCAbsolute3/4 place2005
799Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLPts: 3x2World Champ.AbsoluteRd 12005
811Roger GracieRoger GracieLPts: 12x2World Champ.U100kgFinal2005
816Roger GracieRoger GracieLTrianglePan AmericanAbsoluteFinal2006
964Roger GracieRoger GracieLPts: 4x2World Champ.AbsoluteFinal2008
1067Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLInjuryADCCAbsoluteFinal2009
1221Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPts: 2x0World Champ.U94kgFinal2010
1266Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLPointsWorld Pro.O92kg1/4 final2011
1562Joao AssisJoao AssisLMata leaoADCCU99Semi f.s2011
1589Pablo PopovitchPablo PopovitchLRefree DecisionADCCAbsoluteSemi f.s2011
1915Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLPts: 2x0World Pro.AbsoluteSemi f.2012
1972Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLPts: 4x0World Champ.Absolute1/4 final2012
2171Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.U94kgFinal2012
2270Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraLAdvCopa PodioU100kgGroups2013
2274Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLPts: 6x0Copa PodioU100kgGroups2013
2560Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLRefree DecisionWorld Champ.U94kgSemi f.2013
414Marcio CorletaMarcio CorletaWPointsPan AmericanAbsoluteRd 12001
415Rodrigo BoniWPointsPan AmericanAbsolute1/4 Final2001
416Cassio WerneckCassio WerneckWPointsPan AmericanAbsoluteSemi f.2001
417Fabio LeopoldoFabio LeopoldoWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanAbsoluteFinal2001
486Erik PaulsonWPointsADCCU99kgRd 12003
490Dean ListerDean ListerWPointsADCCU99kg1/4 final2003
593Lenio MontanhaWChoke from backGolden CupU94kg1/4 final2004
594Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 0x0, AdvGolden CupU94kgSemi f.2004
595Dennis GomesWOmoplataGolden CupU94kgFinal2004
603Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaWPts: 6x0BrasileiroAbsoluteFinal2004
620Jefferson MouraJefferson MouraWPts: 2x0World Champ.U94kgFinal2004
654Rogerio PassosWArmbarWorld CupU100kg1/4 final2004
655Erik WanderleiWPts: 6x0World CupU100kgFinal2004
693Michael GrothWArmbarADCCU99kgRd 12005
696Jamal PetersonWPts: 2x0ADCCU99kg1/4 final2005
698John EinimoWPts: 6x0ADCCU99kg3/4 place2005
717Antoine JoudeWN/AADCCAbsoluteRd 12005
721Gabriel NapaoWMata leaoADCCAbsolute1/4 final2005
738Eduardo TellesEduardo TellesWPts: 4x2World CupU100kg1/4 final2005
739Ricardo AbreuRicardo AbreuWArmbarWorld CupU100kgSemi f.2005
740Roberto ToziRoberto ToziWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld CupU100kgFinal2005
756Bruno BastosBruno BastosWChoke from backWorld CupO75kg1/4 final2005
760Fernando MargaridaFernando MargaridaWPts: 9x2World CupO75kgSemi f.2005
762Ronaldo SouzaRonaldo SouzaWPts: 2x0World CupO75kgFinal2005
805Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuWArmbarWorld Champ.U100kgRd 12005
808Ricardo MoraisWWristlockWorld Champ.U100kg1/4 final2005
809Rodrigo CompridoRodrigo CompridoWArmbarWorld Champ.U100kgSemi f.2005
812Roger GracieRoger GracieWAdvPan AmericanU100kgFinal2006
826Roger GracieRoger GracieWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.AbsoluteFinal2006
838Vladimir MatyushenkoD---LA Sub-XAbsoluteSuperfight2006
889Yukissyu OzawaWSubmissionADCCU99kgRd 12007
901Tim CarpenterWKimuraADCCU99kg1/4 final2007
907Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaWPointsADCCU99kgFinal2007
909Robert DrysdaleRobert DrysdaleWPointsADCCU99kgSemi f.2007
1031Ilir LatifiWPointsADCCU99kgRd 12009
1036Radek TurekWMata leaoADCCU99kg1/4 final2009
1040Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesWPointsADCCU99kgSemi-f.2009
1042Jerry RinaldiWPts: 3x0ADCCU99kgFinal2009
1057Ricco RodriguezWArmbarADCCAbsoluteRd 12009
1061Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoWPointsADCCAbsolute1/4 finals2009
1065Gunnar NelsonGunnar NelsonWKneebarADCCAbsoluteSemi f.2009
1519Kari PetolaWPts: 5x0ADCCU99kgRd 12011
1547Lucio LagartoWMata leaoADCCU991/4 Finals2011
1568Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWPts: 4x0ADCCU993 & 4 Place2011
1581Jeff MonsonWDQADCCAbsolute1st2011
1585Gunnar NelsonGunnar NelsonWPts: 2x0ADCCAbsolute1/4 Finals2011
1590Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 2x0ADCCAbsolute3rd & 4th Place2011
1905Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosWArmbarWorld Pro.U99kgSemi f.2012
1906Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaWPts: 2x0World Pro.U99kgFinal2012
1948Ryan BeaugeardWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 22012
1962Adriano IgnacioWArmbarWorld Champ.AbsoluteRd 22012
2159Eduardo SilvaWChoke from BackWorld Champ.U94kgRd 22012
2165Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWPts: 3x0World Champ.U94kg1/4 final2012
2169Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWFlying ArmbarWorld Champ.U94kgSemi f.2012
2211Dean ListerDean ListerD---MetamorisAbsoluteSuperfight2012
2267K. CorneliusWPts: 4x2Copa PodioU100kgGroups2013
2272Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWArmbarCopa PodioU100kgGroups2013
2557Max 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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