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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: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Royler Gracie > Rodrigo Pinheiro > Manuel Ribamar

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

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2020)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (2019)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Austin Open (2018/2016/2015)
  • 1st Place IBJJF San Antonio Open (2015**)
  • 1st Place WSOG II (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF NY BJJ Pro (2018)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, LA (2019)
  • 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 Championship 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

101 WINS
    53 (52%)
    9 (9%)
    23 (23%)
    13 (13%)
    0 (0%)
    1 (1%)


Arm in Ezekiel
Choke from back
Toe hold
Verbal tap
Cross choke
Short choke
    17 (40%)
    8 (19%)
    11 (26%)
    6 (14%)
    0 (0%)
    1 (2%)


Choke from back
Triangle armbar
50/50 armbar

Manuel Ribamar Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
7502Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 4x2Matshark Open82KGF2015
7812Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoLPts: 4x3SP Open82KG4F2015
8402DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds79KG8F2015
8752Jose PortilloLEBI/OTOnnit Invit.ABSSF2015
9268JT TorresJT TorresLPts: 6x4Pan American82KG8F2016
9342Abraham MarteAbraham MarteLKimuraPan AmericanABSR22016
9669Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPointsSan Antonio Open88KGSF2016
9680Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLChoke from backSan Antonio OpenABSF2016
9962Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLPts: 8x8, AdvWorld Champ.82KGR22016
10180Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLReferee DecisionAmerican Nats82KGF2016
10301Inacio NetoInacio NetoLKneebarAustin OpenABSSF2016
10956Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloLPts: 8x4BJJ Rio Pro82KGSF2016
11471Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLWristlockEuropean OpenABSSF2017
11571Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 2x0European Open94KG4F2017
11764Diego BorgesDiego BorgesLPointsManaus Nat. Pro85KGSF2017
11765Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoLSubmissionManaus Nat. Pro85KG3RD2017
12150Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLReferee DecisionPan American88KG8F2017
12541Rafael CarvalhoLPts: 2x2, AdvWP BR Qualifier85KG4F2017
13079Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 6x0World Champ.82KG8F2017
13287Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 3x2American Nats88KGSF2017
13416Josh HingerJosh HingerLArmbarAustin Open94KGF2017
13698Michael LieraMichael LieraLPts: 5x0San Diego Pro82KG4F2017
13742Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLChoke from backGrand Slam LA85KGR12017
13991Gabriel LucasGabriel LucasLPointsDallas Fall OpenABSSF2017
14597Michael LieraMichael LieraLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds79KGR22017
14653Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLRNCNoGi WorldsABS4F2017
15045Lucas ValenteLucas ValenteLAdvHouston Open82KGSF2018
15314Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLReferee DecisionPan American82KG4F2018
15867Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 2x0NY Spring Open82KGSF2018
16433Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.82KG8F2018
16582Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLTriangle armbarAmerican Nat. NGABSF2018
17154Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPts: 6x2Las Vegas OpenABSSF2018
17927Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLGuillotineSJJIF NG WorldABSF2018
18464Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds79KGSF2018
18641Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam AD85KGSF2019
18672Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLReferee DecisionKing of Mats II85KGRR2019
18678Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLPts: 4x2King of Mats II85KGSF2019
19403Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLReferee DecisionPan American82KG4F2019
19808Thiago SaThiago SaLPts: 0x0, AdvWP BR Qualifier85KG4F2019
20401JT TorresJT TorresL50/50 armbarWorld Champ.82KGR22019
21351Max LindbladMax LindbladLPts: 8x6King Of Mats85KGRR2019
22419Victor HugoVictor HugoLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABSR12019
22622Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoLPointsEuropean OpenABSR22020
7501UnknownWArmbarMatshark Open82KGSF2015
7506Jason SolizWPts: 5x2Houston GP82KG4F2015
7507Chris WestfallWVerbal tapHouston GP82KGSF2015
7724Gleidson CurtisWPts: 18x0Austin Open82KG4F2015
7725Trenton CookeWArmbarAustin Open82KGSF2015
7726Sam SnowWArm in EzekielAustin Open82KGF2015
7807Ericson DiasWChoke from backSP Open82KGR12015
8696Gleidson CurtisWPts: 16x2San Antonio Open82KGF2015
8699Ed RamosWPts: 12x6San Antonio OpenABS4F2015
8702Inacio NetoInacio NetoWPts: 2x2, AdvSan Antonio OpenABSSF2015
8703Pedro MelloPedro MelloWPts: 4x2San Antonio OpenABSF2015
8750Robert RodriguezWEBI/OTOnnit Invit.ABS4F2015
9252Nathan MendelshonWPts: 2x0Pan American82KGR12016
9675Darson HemmingsDarson HemmingsWArm in EzekielSan Antonio OpenABSR12016
9677Inacio NetoInacio NetoWPts: 6x2San Antonio OpenABS4F2016
9679Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 6x4San Antonio OpenABSSF2016
10177Stephen MartinezWPts: 13x0American Nats82KG4F2016
10179Lucas ValleWArmbarAmerican Nats82KGSF2016
10287Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWPointsBJJ Tour82KG4F2016
10288Marcus AntelanteMarcus AntelanteWPts: 10x2BJJ Tour82KGSF2016
10289Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWPts: 4x0BJJ Tour82KGF2016
10295Mark TurnerWRNCAustin Open82KGSF2016
10296Randolph WelchWArmbarAustin Open82KGF2016
10299Felipe BuenoWPointsAustin OpenABS4F2016
10703Davy MendesWN/AManaus Open82KGSF2016
10704Chaise AlbuquerqueWPointsManaus Open82KGF2016
10952Renan SancarWPts: 10x0BJJ Rio Pro82KGR12016
10955Matheus KnorrWPointsBJJ Rio Pro82KG4F2016
11041Fabio FerrazWRNCGrand Slam RJ85KG8F2016
11046Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWDQGrand Slam RJ85KG4F2016
11454Martin GobelWArmbarEuropean OpenABSR12017
11462Marcio AndreMarcio AndreWPts: 2x0European OpenABS8F2017
11467Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean OpenABS4F2017
11563Alberto OrtizWPts: 9x0European Open94KG8F2017
11762Jose CoelhoWArmbarManaus Nat. Pro85KG4F2017
12538Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoWPts: 0x0, AdvWP BR Qualifier85KGR12017
13071Santeri LiliusSanteri LiliusWPts: 19x0World Champ.82KGR12017
13284Cleves MatosWN/AAmerican Nats88KG4F2017
13414Inacio NetoInacio NetoWPointsAustin Open94KGSF2017
13694John CombsJohn CombsWPts: 4x2San Diego Pro82KGR12017
14323Dante LeonDante LeonWPts: 3x2BJJ NY Pro82KG4F2017
14327Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoWPts: 2x2, AdvBJJ NY Pro82KGSF2017
14448Samuel DiasWPointsSan Antonio Open82KGSF2017
14449Kurt PantleWToe holdSan Antonio Open82KGF2017
14647Thiago SaThiago SaWPts: 2x0NoGi WorldsABSR22017
15310Gabriel ProcopioWToe holdPan American82KG8F2018
15865Ricardo PenaWPointsNY Spring Open82KG4F2018
16424David RaabDavid RaabWPts: 9x2World Champ.82KGR22018
16577Samir AbdolkaderWRNCAmerican Nat. NG85KGF2018
16580Francis CarlosWPts: 16x2American Nat. NGABS4F2018
16581Nisar LoynabNisar LoynabWPts: 0x0, AdvAmerican Nat. NGABSSF2018
16599Nisar LoynabNisar LoynabWPts: 7x4American Nat.88KGSF2018
16600Gabriel RochaWPts: 12x0American Nat.88KGF2018
16742Dante LeonDante LeonWPointsNY BJJ Pro82KGSF2018
16744Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWPointsNY BJJ Pro82KGF2018
16824John RickellWPointsAustin Open88KGSF2018
16825Alika AngermanWCross chokeAustin Open88KGF2018
17151Cole FransonCole FransonWPointsLas Vegas OpenABS4F2018
17446Mateo TenzaraWSubmissionGrand Slam LA85KG4F2018
17449Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA85KGSF2018
17450Rudson MateusRudson MateusWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA85KGF2018
17655Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWReferee DecisionWSOG 281KGR12018
17658Leonardo LaraLeonardo LaraWReferee DecisionWSOG 281KG8F2018
17661Sergio RiosSergio RiosWReferee DecisionWSOG 281KG4F2018
17664Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWReferee DecisionWSOG 281KGSF2018
17666Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWReferee DecisionWSOG 281KGF2018
17907Cesar HerreraWArmbarSJJIF Worlds88KGSF2018
17909Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaWPointsSJJIF Worlds88KGF2018
17921Cesar HerreraWN/ASJJIF NG World85KGF2018
18299Pedro PalharesWPointsSan Antonio OpenABSSF2018
18442Marco AurelioWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds79KGR12018
18453Michael TrassoMichael TrassoWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds79KGR22018
18461Michael LieraMichael LieraWShort chokeNoGi Worlds79KG4F2018
18639DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWPts: 6x0Grand Slam AD85KG4F2019
18671Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoWArmbarKing of Mats II85KGRR2019
18676DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWPts: 9x0King of Mats II85KGRR2019
18773Rubens FonsecaWArm in EzekielEuropean OpenABSR22019
19247DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 10485KGSPF2019
19384Edmund KimWPts: 6x0Pan American82KGR12019
19398Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWArmbarPan American82KG8F2019
19647Carlos PalacioWChoke from backOrlando SPO88KGF2019
19649Stuart RandleWPointsOrlando SPOABS4F2019
19652Julyan SynanWPointsOrlando SPOABSSF2019
20384Max LindbladMax LindbladWPts: 6x6, AdvWorld Champ.82KGR12019
20599Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 11583KGSPF2019
20605Hunter NewtonWPointsThird Coast82KGSPF2019
21045Ralph SebexenWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 12182KGSPF2019
21348Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseWReferee DecisionKing Of Mats85KGRR2019
21353Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWPts: 2x0King Of Mats85KGRR2019
21395Ronaldo JuniorRonaldo JuniorWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA85KGR12019
21398Mathias LunaMathias LunaWPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA85KGSF2019
21400Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoWPts: 2x2, AdvGrand Slam LA85KGF2019
21907Mauricio OliveiraMauricio OliveiraWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 13082KGSPF2019
22412Jake WatsonJake WatsonWReferee DecisionF2W Pro 13386KGSPF2019
22482Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 9x0NoGi Worlds79KGR12019
22500Mathias LunaMathias LunaWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds85KGSF2019
22501Gabriel AlmeidaGabriel AlmeidaWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds85KGF2019
22696Espen MathiesenEspen MathiesenWPts: 22x0European Open88KGR12020
22701Rafael PaganiniRafael PaganiniWPts: 12x0European Open88KG4F2020
22702Jakub ZajkowskiJakub ZajkowskiWPts: 2x0European Open88KGSF2020
22704Bruno LimaBruno LimaWInjuryEuropean Open88KGF2020

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