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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.

Lineage 1: Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Crézio de Souza > André Almeida >Leandro Escobar/Rafael Barbosa > Osvaldo Moizinho > Lívio Ribeiro

Lineage 2: Luiz França > Oswaldo Fadda > Sebastião Ricardo > Wendell Alexander > André Marola > Luiz Major > Lívio Ribeiro

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2021)
  • 1st Place CBJJE World Championship (2018)
  • 1st Place SJJIF World Championship (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Orlando Spring Open (2019)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship NOGI (2018)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2018 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2018 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship NOGI (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

44 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    17 (39%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    7 (16%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    15 (34%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (2%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    4 (9%)

15 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Triangle
27
4
#86e620
Submission
13
2
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
13
2
#d1212a
Armbar
13
2
#fad11b
Choke
13
2
#f58822
Loop choke
7
1
#224aba
Toe hold
7
1
#ff9124
Bow and arrow
7
1
15
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
5 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    1 (20%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (40%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    0 (0%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (20%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (20%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

0 SUBMISSION LOSSES

Livio Ribeiro Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
18562Nobuhiro SawadaNobuhiro SawadaLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds55KGF2018
19545Hiago GamaHiago GamaLPts: 2x2, AdvPan American57KG4F2019
20553Carlos AlbertoLPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.57KGR12019
26035Roiter LimaRoiter LimaLPts: 11x4NoGi Pan Am.55KG4F2021
30762Bebeto OliveiraLPts: 6x6, PenIndianapolis Open64KGF2022
16758Matheus MonteiroWChoke from backMundial CBJJE57KGSF2018
16759Dalvan NunesWArmbarMundial CBJJE57KGF2018
18040Andre PontesWPts: 4x0SJJIF Worlds57KGSF2018
18041Javier GomesWTriangleSJJIF Worlds57KGF2018
18435Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWPointsGT Open64KGSPF2018
18561Kristian WoodmanseeKristian WoodmanseeWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds55KGSF2018
19541Kristian WoodmanseeKristian WoodmanseeWChokePan American57KG8F2019
19854Jose SilvaWBow and arrowOrlando SPO57KGSF2019
19856Suraj BudhramWPts: 2x2, AdvOrlando SPO57KGF2019
20858Robson SilvaWChokeFortaleza Open64KGSF2019
20860Lucas NascimentoWSubmissionFortaleza Open64KGF2019
20877Gabriel MendoncaWPts: 4x0Fortaleza NGO62KGF2019
21270Wesley SantosWPts: 0x0, AdvVitoria Open64KGF2019
21312Ricardo PrimoWDQFloripa WO64KGSF2019
21313Leo AlvesWPts: 2x2, AdvFloripa WO64KGF2019
21700Ricardo SilvaWPointsSao Paulo Open57KGSF2019
21701Dalvan NunesWN/ASao Paulo Open57KGF2019
21751Lucas SouzaWPointsBrasileiro NoGi55KGSF2019
21752Luciano VieiraWPointsBrasileiro NoGi55KGF2019
22078Kalel NascimentoWReferee DecisionCuritiba Sp. Open64KGSF2019
22079Yuri GomesWPointsCuritiba Sp. Open64KGF2019
22521Levy JacksonWPointsSouth American57KG4F2019
22523Joao AntonioWPts: 0x0, AdvSouth American57KGSF2019
22525Yuri HendrexYuri HendrexWDQSouth American57KGF2019
25365Rashawn KershawWPointsOrlando Open57KGSF2021
25367Lee RosensfieldWPts: 19x4Orlando Open57KGF2021
26215Carlos RoblesWPointsMiami Open64KGSF2021
26216Igor ManceboWPointsMiami Open64KGF2021
26612Roiter LimaRoiter LimaWPts: 8x8, AdvAmerican Nats57KGSF2021
26614Henrique RossiWLoop chokeAmerican Nats57KGF2021
26891Jorge VasquezWChoke from backAustin Open64KGF2021
26956K. MartincowskiWAdvOrlando Open64KGSF2021
26957Michael MehlWDQOrlando Open64KGF2021
26999Chris FisherWTrianglePhoenix Open64KGSF2021
27487Lee RosenfieldWTrianglePan American58KG4F2021
27489Kevin MartincowskiWToe holdPan American58KGSF2021
27491Hiago GamaHiago GamaWPts: 6x2Pan American58KGF2021
30419Matheus FonsecaWDQN. Orleans Open57KGF2022
30760Matheus MagalhaesWPointsIndianapolis Open64KGSF2022
31183Aidan CollinsWPointsBoise Open64KGF2022
32516Michael AlvarezWPts: 4x2Denver Open64KGSF2022
32517Ram AnandaWTriangleDenver Open64KGF2022
33714John RodriguesWSubmissionPhoenix Open70KG4F2022
33716Aidan CollinsWArmbarPhoenix Open70KGSF2022

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