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Manuel Ribamar

Manuel Ribamar

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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:

  • World Champion (2015 brown)
  • South American Champion (2014 brown, 2013 brown)
  • Austin Open Champion (2016/2015 black)
  • Sao Paulo Open Champion (2014 brown)
  • San Antonio Open (2015 weight & absolute)
  • Houston Gran Prix Champion (2015 black)
  • Abu Dhabi Grand Slam – Rio de Janeiro Runner-up (2016)
  • BJJ Rio Pro Runner-up (2016)
  • San Antonio Open Runner-up (2016 absolute)
  • Sao Paulo Open 3rd place (2014 brown absolute, 2013 purple)
  • San Antonio Open 3rd Place (2016)

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

45 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    27 (60%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (9%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    13 (29%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (2%)

13 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
46
6
#86e620
Arm in Ezekiel
15
2
#5AD3D1
RNC
15
2
#d1212a
Verbal tap
8
1
#fad11b
Choke from back
8
1
#f58822
Toe hold
8
1
13
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
26 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    13 (50%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (12%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    8 (31%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

8 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
25
2
#86e620
Kimura
13
1
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
13
1
#d1212a
Wristlock
13
1
#fad11b
Submission
13
1
#f58822
Armbar
13
1
#224aba
RNC
13
1
8
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Manuel Ribamar Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
7372Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 4x2Matshark Open82KGF2015
7667Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoLPts: 4x3SP Open82KG4F2015
8236DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds82KG8F2015
8582Jose PortilloLPointsOnnit InviteABSSF2015
9071JT TorresJT TorresLPts: 6x4Pan American82KG8F2016
9145Abraham MarteAbraham MarteLKimuraPan AmericanABSR22016
9464Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPointsSan Antonio Open88KGSF2016
9475Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLChoke from backSan Antonio OpenABSF2016
9756Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLPts: 8x8, AdvWorld Champ.82KGR22016
9970Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLReferee DecisionAmerican Nats82KGF2016
10080Inacio NetoInacio NetoLKneebarAustin OpenABSSF2016
10701Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloLPts: 8x4BJJ Rio Pro82KGSF2016
11160Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLWristlockEuropean OpenABSSF2017
11260Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 2x0European Open94KG4F2017
11433Diego BorgesDiego BorgesLPointsManaus Nat. Pro85KGSF2017
11434Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoLSubmissionManaus Nat. Pro85KG3RD2017
11802Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLReferee DecisionPan American88KG8F2017
12172Rafael CarvalhoLPts: 2x2, AdvWP BR Qualifier85KG4F2017
12683Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 6x0World Champ.82KG8F2017
12887Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 3x2American Nats88KGSF2017
13005Josh HingerJosh HingerLArmbarAustin Open94KGF2017
13237Michael LieraMichael LieraLPts: 5x0San Diego Pro82KG4F2017
13279Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLChoke from backGrand Slam LA85KGR12017
13503Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasLPointsDallas Fall OpenABSSF2017
14031Michael LieraMichael LieraLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds79KGR22017
14086Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLRNCNoGi WorldsABS4F2017
7371UnknownWArmbarMatshark Open82KGSF2015
7376Jason SolizWPts: 5x2Houston GP82KG4F2015
7377Chris WestfallWVerbal tapHouston GP82KGSF2015
7579Gleidson CurtisWPts: 18x0Austin Open82KG4F2015
7580Trenton CookeWArmbarAustin Open82KGSF2015
7581Sam SnowWArm in EzekielAustin Open82KGF2015
7662Ericson DiasWChoke from backSP Open82KGR12015
8529Gleidson CurtisWPts: 16x2San Antonio Open82KGF2015
8532Ed RamosWPts: 12x6San Antonio OpenABS4F2015
8533Inacio NetoInacio NetoWPts: 2x2, AdvSan Antonio OpenABSSF2015
8534Pedro MelloPedro MelloWPts: 4x2San Antonio OpenABSF2015
8580Robert RodriguezWPointsOnnit InviteABS4F2015
9055Nathan MendelshonWPts: 2x0Pan American82KGR12016
9470Darson HemmingsDarson HemmingsWArm in ezekielSan Antonio OpenABSR12016
9472Inacio NetoInacio NetoWPts: 6x2San Antonio OpenABS4F2016
9474Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 6x4San Antonio OpenABSSF2016
9967Stephen MartinezWPts: 13x0American Nats82KG4F2016
9969Lucas ValleWArmbarAmerican Nats82KGSF2016
10072Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWPointsBJJ Tour82KG4F2016
10073Marcus AntelanteMarcus AntelanteWPts: 10x2BJJ Tour82KGSF2016
10074Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWPts: 4x0BJJ Tour82KGF2016
10076Mark TurnerWRNCAustin Open82KGSF2016
10077Randolph WelchWArmbarAustin Open82KGF2016
10079Felipe BuenoWPointsAustin OpenABS4F2016
10451Davy MendesWN/AManaus Open82KGSF2016
10452Chaise AlbuquerqueWPointsManaus Open82KGF2016
10697Renan SancarWPts: 10x0BJJ Rio Pro82KGR12016
10700Matheus KnorrWPointsBJJ Rio Pro82KG4F2016
10786Fabio FerrazWRNCGrand Slam RJ85KG8F2016
10791Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWDQGrand Slam RJ85KG4F2016
11143Martin GobelWArmbarEuropean OpenABSR12017
11151Marcio AndreMarcio AndreWPts: 2x0European OpenABS8F2017
11156Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean OpenABS4F2017
11252Alberto OrtizWPts: 9x0European Open94KG8F2017
11431Jose CoelhoWArmbarManaus Nat. Pro85KG4F2017
12169Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoWPts: 0x0, AdvWP BR Qualifier85KGR12017
12675Santeri LiliusWPts: 19x0World Champ.82KGR12017
12885Cleves MatosWN/AAmerican Nats88KG4F2017
13003Inacio NetoInacio NetoWPointsAustin Open94KGSF2017
13233John CombsJohn CombsWPts: 4x2San Diego Pro82KGR12017
13810Dante LeonDante LeonWPts: 3x2BJJ NY Pro82KG4F2017
13814Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoWPts: 2x2, AdvBJJ NY Pro82KGSF2017
13908Samuel DiasWPointsSan Antonio Open82KGSF2017
13909Kurt PantleWToe holdSan Antonio Open82KGF2017
14080Thiago SaThiago SaWPts: 2x0NoGi WorldsABSR22017

Manuel Ribamar vs Sam Snow

Manuel Ribamar vs Jason Soliz

Manuel Ribamar Balao Sweep to Armbar

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