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.
- 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
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 vs Roger Gracie ADCC 2005
Alexandre Ribeiro vs UFC’s Gonzaga – Napao – ADCC 2005
Alexandre Ribeiro vs Yan Cabral
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