Cícero Lívio Ribeiro Paiva, commonly known as Lívio Ribeiro or “Galinho”, is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Osvaldo Moizinho of the Ares Jiu Jitsu Academy, having also trained extensively with Luiz “Major” and Helder Mourão at the Projeto Social QG da Luta. A Brazilian National Champion in every belt level, Lívio Ribeiro became recognized as one of the top roosterweights of his generation after his wins at the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation’s Pan and World Championships (2018) as a brown belt, a status he later cemented as a black belt.
Lívio Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu
Full Name: Cícero Lívio Ribeiro Saldanha Paiva
Nickname: Often referenced as “Galinho” which translated to little rooster in Portuguese. The nickname was started by Lívio’s coach Helder Mourão as a friendly/joking way to describe Ribeiro due to his stature and weight class.
- 1st Place CBJJE World Championship (2018)
- 1st Place SJJIF World Championship (2018)
- 1st Place IBJJF Orlando Spring Open (2019)
- 2nd Place IBJJF World No-Gi Championship (2018)
Main Achievements (Colored Belts):
- 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2018 brown)
- 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2018 brown)
- 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship No-Gi (2017 brown)
- 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2016 purple)
- 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2017 brown, 2016/2015 purple)
- 1st Place IBJJF South American Championship (2014 purple)
Favorite Position/Technique: 50/50 Guard
Weight Division: Peso Galo (127.0 lbs / 57,50 kg)
Team/Association: Ares JJ
Lívio Ribeiro Biography
Lívio Ribeiro was born on April 27, 1993 in Bacabal, a city located in the Brazilian state of Maranhão. At the age of 6 Ribeiro, due to his parents divorce, Galinho moved to Teresina, a city also located on the Northeast of the country.
While growing up Ribeiro tested himself in a number of martial arts, activities such as karate, judo and capoeira though he did not settle in any. At the age of 15 Lívio finally found a combat sport he enjoyed in jiu jitsu.
When he started Galinho had no expectations in jiu jitsu, he was merely trying to fill a free portion of his daily schedule. A friend from school referenced training BJJ at the Projeto Social QG da Luta (PSQGL) academy and invited Lívio to come along. There Ribeiro met two instructors who would become his reference in the sport from white to black belt, coaches Helder Mourão and Luiz “Major”.
Mourão’s life slowly dragged him away from the sport, and by the time Lívio became a brown belt, Galinho’s training was almost solely guided by Major. It was also as a brown belt that Ribeiro decided to travel to the United States together with team mate Alef Brito, packing their kimonos, the hope for a better future and not much else. Without any contacts in the big northern territory, Ribeiro and Brito planned to compete in the two major tournaments of the year: The IBJJF Pan and World Championships.
Once in the United States, the Brazilian duo was invited by Osvaldo Moizinho to come and train at the Ares Jiu Jitsu academy in Modesto, California. There the PSQGL athletes were received with arms wide open, feeling immediately at home and becoming part of the team.
While training with Osvaldo and Samir Chantre at the Ares gym, Galinho conquered both of his competition goals, the aforementioned Pan and World Championship. After these two tremendous achievements, coach Moizinho contacted Luiz Major and with his permission promoted Galinho to black belt. A ceremony that took place on June 2018.
Livio Ribeiro Grappling Record
- BY DQ
7 SUBMISSIONS WINS
- BY DQ
0 SUBMISSION LOSSES
Livio Ribeiro Fight History
|18477||Nobuhiro SawadaNobuhiro Sawada||L||Referee Decision||NoGi Worlds||55KG||F||2018|
|19437||Hiago GamaHiago Gama||L||Pts: 2x2, Adv||Pan American||57KG||4F||2019|
|20432||Carlos Alberto||L||Pts: 4x4, Adv||World Champ.||57KG||R1||2019|
|16702||Matheus Monteiro||W||Choke from back||Mundial CBJJE||57KG||SF||2018|
|16703||Dalvan Nunes||W||Armbar||Mundial CBJJE||57KG||F||2018|
|17970||Andre Pontes||W||Pts: 4x0||SJJIF Worlds||57KG||SF||2018|
|17971||Javier Gomes||W||Triangle||SJJIF Worlds||57KG||F||2018|
|18349||Alexis AlduncinAlexis Alduncin||W||Points||GT Open||64KG||SPF||2018|
|18476||Kristian WoodmanseeKristian Woodmansee||W||Pts: 0x0, Adv||NoGi Worlds||55KG||SF||2018|
|19433||Kristian WoodmanseeKristian Woodmansee||W||Choke||Pan American||57KG||8F||2019|
|19740||Jose Silva||W||Bow and arrow||Orlando SPO||57KG||SF||2019|
|19742||Suraj Budhram||W||Pts: 2x2, Adv||Orlando SPO||57KG||F||2019|
|20737||Robson Silva||W||Choke||Fortaleza Open||64KG||SF||2019|
|20739||Lucas Nascimento||W||Submission||Fortaleza Open||64KG||F||2019|
|20756||Gabriel Mendonca||W||Pts: 4x0||Fortaleza NGO||62KG||F||2019|
|21147||Wesley Santos||W||Pts: 0x0, Adv||Vitoria Open||64KG||F||2019|
|21183||Ricardo Primo||W||DQ||Floripa WO||64KG||SF||2019|
|21184||Leo Alves||W||Pts: 2x2, Adv||Floripa WO||64KG||F||2019|
|21564||Ricardo Silva||W||Points||Sao Paulo Open||57KG||SF||2019|
|21565||Dalvan Nunes||W||N/A||Sao Paulo Open||57KG||F||2019|
|21615||Lucas Souza||W||Points||Brasileiro NoGi||55KG||SF||2019|
|21616||Luciano Vieira||W||Points||Brasileiro NoGi||55KG||F||2019|
|21936||Kalel Nascimento||W||Referee Decision||Curitiba Sp. Open||64KG||SF||2019|
|21937||Yuri Gomes||W||Points||Curitiba Sp. Open||64KG||F||2019|
|22370||Levy Jackson||W||Points||South American||57KG||4F||2019|
|22372||Joao Antonio||W||Pts: 0x0, Adv||South American||57KG||SF||2019|
|22374||Yuri HendrexYuri Hendrex||W||DQ||South American||57KG||F||2019|
|25101||Rashawn Kershaw||W||Points||Orlando Open||57KG||SF||2021|
|25103||Lee Rosensfield||W||Pts: 19x4||Orlando Open||57KG||F||2021|
Livio Ribeiro 2018 World Championship Highlight