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Manuel Ribamar, also known as “Riba”, is a black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu under Rodrigo Pinheiro and Cicero Costha, being regarded as one of the top middleweight competitors of his generation in the sport. Born in the state of Amazonas – Brazil, Ribamar has had a few different coaches going up the ranks, but it was at Cicero Costha’s PSLPB academy that his grappling style truly developed, earning him titles at the World and South American Championships.

Manuel Ribamar Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Manuel Ribamar V. de Oliveira Filho

Nickname: “Riba” which is short for Ribamar.

Lineage 1: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Royler Gracie > Rodrigo Pinheiro > Manuel Ribamar

Lineage 2: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos GracieHelio GracieRickson GracieMarcelo BehringWaldomiro PerezRoberto GodoiMarco Barbosa > Cicero Costha > Manuel Ribamar

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place WSOG II (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF NY BJJ Pro (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Austin Open (2018/2016/2015)
  • 1st Place IBJJF San Antonio Open (2015**)
  • 2nd Place UAEJJF Grand Slam – RJ (2016)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Rio BJJ Pro (2016)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF San Antonio Open (2016*)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World No-Gi (2018)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF San Antonio Open (2016)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2015 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF South American Championship (2014/2013 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Sao Paulo Open (2014 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Sao Paulo Open (2014* brown, 2013 purple)

Favorite Position/Technique: Toreando Guard Pass

Weight Division: Peso Médio (82kg/181lbs)

Team/Association: Rodrigo Pinheiro/New School Brotherhood

Manuel Ribamar Biography

Manuel Ribamar was born on the 22nd of September, 1993 in the state of Amazonas – Brazil. Growing up “Riba” practised a variety of sporting activities, from football (soccer) to judo, capoeira and even skating.

When he was around 12 years old, Manuel started spending more time with his older brother – Bosco Junior, who was a brown belt in jiu jitsu at the time. Bosco would have sparring sessions with friends at their house, on an improvised mat, which was how Riba was introduced to grappling. These rolling sessions lasted for a few weeks until one day Junior took Ribamar to a shopping centre, and bought him a gi as a gift. On that same day he also took Riba to his first official class at Itamar Coty’s academy.

Though he had a few classes with coach Coty, it was Orley Lobato who took Ribamar all the way to orange belt. With time Riba’s older brother moved out of Lobato’s gym, to open his own team together with old school coach Agenor Alvez. Manuel followed his steps. This team ended up closing in a short amount of time due to lack of commitment and payment of monthly fees by the students. The closing of his brother’s academy led Riba to the illustrious Master Faustino Neto, commonly known as “Pina”. One of the historic figures of the sport in Manaus.

Master Pina graded Manuel Ribamar to blue and purple belt, after which he offered Riba a trip to Europe, where he could stay at Anderson Pereira’s gym (Icon Jiu Jitsu). Although Riba enjoyed the experience thoroughly, he injured his knee and had to return to Brazil. Without the resources to finance the required knee surgery, Manuel remained 15 months away from the mats, working to obtain funds for the treatment.

Once recovered, Manuel decided to commit himself fully to the sport, selling all his belongings and moving to São Paulo where he became part of Cicero Costha’s team (Projecto Social Lutando Pelo Bem – PSLPB). Training alongside big names such as the Miyao Brothers, Leandro Lo, Yago de Souza and Wellington “Alemao” (to name a few), Ribamar truly started developing as a grappler, earning his most prestigious achievements and also his brown belt.

In 2015 Ribamar managed to meet the funds that allowed him to travel to the US and compete in the Pan American Championshionship. Manuel had a disappointing performance at the tournament, but believing in his potential and helped by Rodrigo Pinheiro he managed to remain in the country to compete at the World Championship the following month.

Rodrigo Pinheiro was of tremendous assistance to Ribamar, who took part in his camp ahead of the “Mundial” (a tournament Riba won with flying colors). Manuel remained in the US for a while after the World Champioship, and as he intended to compete in the US, Master Ribeiro graded him with his black belt (fully authorised by Cicero Costha).

During the second semester of 2016 started representing the New School Brotherhood academy, a team formed by a few old PSLPB students. Ribamar said of his decision: “I still represent Rodrigo Pinheiro in the Texas region, but working with Brotherhood in international tournaments. When I returned to Sao Paulo this year, I didn’t recognise anyone anymore [at PSLPB]. All my friends were now training with Leandro, I had to go where I felt comfortable” (November 18,2016).

Manuel Ribamar Grappling Record

84 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    45 (54%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    23 (27%)
  • BY DECISION
    8 (10%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (1%)

23 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
39
9
#86e620
Arm in Ezekiel
13
3
#5AD3D1
RNC
13
3
#d1212a
Choke from back
9
2
#fad11b
Toe hold
9
2
#f58822
Verbal tap
4
1
#224aba
Cross choke
4
1
#ff9124
Submission
4
1
#bf1f6c
Short choke
4
1
23
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
40 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    15 (38%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    7 (18%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    11 (28%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (15%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (3%)

11 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
18
2
#86e620
50/50 armbar
9
1
#5AD3D1
Kimura
9
1
#d1212a
Kneebar
9
1
#fad11b
Wristlock
9
1
#f58822
Submission
9
1
#224aba
Armbar
9
1
#ff9124
RNC
9
1
#bf1f6c
Triangle armbar
9
1
#22c9a5
Guillotine
9
1
11
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Manuel Ribamar Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
7477Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 4x2Matshark Open82KGF2015
7787Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoLPts: 4x3SP Open82KG4F2015
8377DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds79KG8F2015
8727Jose PortilloLEBI/OTOnnit Invit.ABSSF2015
9233JT TorresJT TorresLPts: 6x4Pan American82KG8F2016
9307Abraham MarteAbraham MarteLKimuraPan AmericanABSR22016
9631Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPointsSan Antonio Open88KGSF2016
9642Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLChoke from backSan Antonio OpenABSF2016
9924Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLPts: 8x8, AdvWorld Champ.82KGR22016
10142Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLReferee DecisionAmerican Nats82KGF2016
10258Inacio NetoInacio NetoLKneebarAustin OpenABSSF2016
10912Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloLPts: 8x4BJJ Rio Pro82KGSF2016
11414Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLWristlockEuropean OpenABSSF2017
11514Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 2x0European Open94KG4F2017
11701Diego BorgesDiego BorgesLPointsManaus Nat. Pro85KGSF2017
11702Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoLSubmissionManaus Nat. Pro85KG3RD2017
12086Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLReferee DecisionPan American88KG8F2017
12472Rafael CarvalhoLPts: 2x2, AdvWP BR Qualifier85KG4F2017
13004Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 6x0World Champ.82KG8F2017
13209Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 3x2American Nats88KGSF2017
13338Josh HingerJosh HingerLArmbarAustin Open94KGF2017
13619Michael LieraMichael LieraLPts: 5x0San Diego Pro82KG4F2017
13663Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLChoke from backGrand Slam LA85KGR12017
13912Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasLPointsDallas Fall OpenABSSF2017
14504Michael LieraMichael LieraLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds79KGR22017
14560Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLRNCNoGi WorldsABS4F2017
14926Lucas ValenteLucas ValenteLAdvHouston Open82KGSF2018
15195Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLReferee DecisionPan American82KG4F2018
15734Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 2x0NY Spring Open82KGSF2018
16292Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.82KG8F2018
16437Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLTriangle armbarAmerican Nat. NGABSF2018
17004Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPts: 6x2Las Vegas OpenABSSF2018
17743Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLGuillotineSJJIF NG WorldABSF2018
18263Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds79KGSF2018
18429Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam AD85KGSF2019
18458Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLReferee DecisionKing of Mats II85KGRR2019
18464Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLPts: 4x2King of Mats II85KGSF2019
19159Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLReferee DecisionPan American82KG4F2019
19558Thiago SaThiago SaLPts: 0x0, AdvWP BR Qualifier85KG4F2019
20126JT TorresJT TorresL50/50 armbarWorld Champ.82KGR22019
7476UnknownWArmbarMatshark Open82KGSF2015
7481Jason SolizWPts: 5x2Houston GP82KG4F2015
7482Chris WestfallWVerbal tapHouston GP82KGSF2015
7699Gleidson CurtisWPts: 18x0Austin Open82KG4F2015
7700Trenton CookeWArmbarAustin Open82KGSF2015
7701Sam SnowWArm in EzekielAustin Open82KGF2015
7782Ericson DiasWChoke from backSP Open82KGR12015
8671Gleidson CurtisWPts: 16x2San Antonio Open82KGF2015
8674Ed RamosWPts: 12x6San Antonio OpenABS4F2015
8677Inacio NetoInacio NetoWPts: 2x2, AdvSan Antonio OpenABSSF2015
8678Pedro MelloPedro MelloWPts: 4x2San Antonio OpenABSF2015
8725Robert RodriguezWEBI/OTOnnit Invit.ABS4F2015
9217Nathan MendelshonWPts: 2x0Pan American82KGR12016
9637Darson HemmingsDarson HemmingsWArm in ezekielSan Antonio OpenABSR12016
9639Inacio NetoInacio NetoWPts: 6x2San Antonio OpenABS4F2016
9641Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 6x4San Antonio OpenABSSF2016
10139Stephen MartinezWPts: 13x0American Nats82KG4F2016
10141Lucas ValleWArmbarAmerican Nats82KGSF2016
10244Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWPointsBJJ Tour82KG4F2016
10245Marcus AntelanteMarcus AntelanteWPts: 10x2BJJ Tour82KGSF2016
10246Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWPts: 4x0BJJ Tour82KGF2016
10252Mark TurnerWRNCAustin Open82KGSF2016
10253Randolph WelchWArmbarAustin Open82KGF2016
10256Felipe BuenoWPointsAustin OpenABS4F2016
10660Davy MendesWN/AManaus Open82KGSF2016
10661Chaise AlbuquerqueWPointsManaus Open82KGF2016
10908Renan SancarWPts: 10x0BJJ Rio Pro82KGR12016
10911Matheus KnorrWPointsBJJ Rio Pro82KG4F2016
10997Fabio FerrazWRNCGrand Slam RJ85KG8F2016
11002Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWDQGrand Slam RJ85KG4F2016
11397Martin GobelWArmbarEuropean OpenABSR12017
11405Marcio AndreMarcio AndreWPts: 2x0European OpenABS8F2017
11410Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean OpenABS4F2017
11506Alberto OrtizWPts: 9x0European Open94KG8F2017
11699Jose CoelhoWArmbarManaus Nat. Pro85KG4F2017
12469Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoWPts: 0x0, AdvWP BR Qualifier85KGR12017
12996Santeri LiliusWPts: 19x0World Champ.82KGR12017
13207Cleves MatosWN/AAmerican Nats88KG4F2017
13336Inacio NetoInacio NetoWPointsAustin Open94KGSF2017
13615John CombsJohn CombsWPts: 4x2San Diego Pro82KGR12017
14238Dante LeonDante LeonWPts: 3x2BJJ NY Pro82KG4F2017
14242Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoWPts: 2x2, AdvBJJ NY Pro82KGSF2017
14355Samuel DiasWPointsSan Antonio Open82KGSF2017
14356Kurt PantleWToe holdSan Antonio Open82KGF2017
14554Thiago SaThiago SaWPts: 2x0NoGi WorldsABSR22017
15191Gabriel ProcopioWToe holdPan American82KG8F2018
15732Ricardo PenaWPointsNY Spring Open82KG4F2018
16283David RaabDavid RaabWPts: 9x2World Champ.82KGR22018
16432Samir AbdolkaderWRNCAmerican Nat. NG85KGF2018
16435Francis CarlosWPts: 16x2American Nat. NGABS4F2018
16436Nisar LoynabWPts: 0x0, AdvAmerican Nat. NGABSSF2018
16453Nisar LoynabWPts: 7x4American Nat.88KGSF2018
16454Gabriel RochaWPts: 12x0American Nat.88KGF2018
16596Dante LeonDante LeonWPointsNY BJJ Pro82KGSF2018
16598Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWPointsNY BJJ Pro82KGF2018
16678John RickellWPointsAustin Open88KGSF2018
16679Alika AngermanWCross chokeAustin Open88KGF2018
17001Cole FransonCole FransonWPointsLas Vegas OpenABS4F2018
17282Mateo TenzaraWSubmissionGrand Slam LA85KG4F2018
17285Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA85KGSF2018
17286Rudson MateusRudson MateusWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA85KGF2018
17483Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWReferee DecisionWSOG 281KGR12018
17486Leonardo LaraLeonardo LaraWReferee DecisionWSOG 281KG8F2018
17489Sergio RiosSergio RiosWReferee DecisionWSOG 281KG4F2018
17492Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWReferee DecisionWSOG 281KGSF2018
17494Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWReferee DecisionWSOG 281KGF2018
17723Cesar HerreraWArmbarSJJIF Worlds88KGSF2018
17725Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaWPointsSJJIF Worlds88KGF2018
17737Cesar HerreraWN/ASJJIF NG World85KGF2018
18110Pedro PalharesWPointsSan Antonio OpenABSSF2018
18241Marco AurelioWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds79KGR12018
18252Michael TrassoMichael TrassoWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds79KGR22018
18260Michael LieraMichael LieraWShort chokeNoGi Worlds79KG4F2018
18427DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWPts: 6x0Grand Slam AD85KG4F2019
18457Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWArmbarKing of Mats II85KGRR2019
18462DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWPts: 9x0King of Mats II85KGRR2019
18558Rubens FonsecaWArm in ezekielEuropean OpenABSR22019
19009DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 10485KGSPF2019
19140Edmund KimWPts: 6x0Pan American82KGR12019
19154Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWArmbarPan American82KG8F2019
19394Carlos PalacioWChoke from backOrlando SPO88KGF2019
19396Stuart RandleWPointsOrlando SPOABS4F2019
19399Julyan SynanWPointsOrlando SPOABSSF2019
20109Max LindbladMax LindbladWPts: 6x6, AdvWorld Champ.82KGR12019

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