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SAULO MENDONÇA RIBEIRO FILHO - A True BJJ Hero

SAULO MENDONÇA RIBEIRO FILHO - A True BJJ Hero

1. Saulo Ribeiro's Details

Saulo Ribeiro's Details
Name Saulo Mendonca Ribeiro Filho
Born Manaus, Brazil
Current Residence San Diego, California
Date of Birth July 2, 1974
Nationality American Brazilian
Last Fight September 21, 2002, in TFC
Last Weigh-in N/A
Weight Class Peso Medio (Middleweight) Meio Pasado (Medium heavyweight) Pasado (Heavyweight
Weight 86 kg (190 lb.)
Height 5 ft 9 in. (1.75 m)
Career Disclosed Earnings N/A
Fighting out of San Diego, CA
Favorite Play Technique Choke from Mount Kouchi Gari (Throw)
Foundational style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Submission Wrestling, Judo
Rank 6th Degree Black Belt in jiu-jitsu Black Belt in Judo
Lineage - Mitsuyo Maeda - Carlos Gracie - Helio Gracie - Royler Gracie - Saulo Ribeiro
Team/Association Gracie Humaita & Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu Association
RIBEIRO JIU JITSU ACADEMY NOVA Official Twitter Account Official Instagram Account

2. Saulo Ribeiro Biography

"It’s not what you’re going to take from martial arts, it's what you have to give to martial arts."
(Saulo Ribeiro)

Saulo Ribeiro is an unprecedented jiu-jitsu fighter, admired trainer, and a man of character. He didn’t just say these words but lived and breathed them. Behind his every achievement on and off the mat, there was an underlying purpose - to give back. In Saulo’s eyes, the true art of jiu-jitsu is the art of giving!

2.1. An Account of Early Life & Amateur Fighting

2.1.1. Birth to BJJ

Born in Manaus, Brazil on July 2, 1974, Saulo Ribeiro discovered his love for jiu-jitsu at the age of 15. He already practiced judo by this time. Traditional jiu-jitsu revolves around self-defense and submission techniques. Young Ribeiro realized that if he cross-trained judo and jiu-jitsu his combat skills would improve.

2.1.2. Jiu-Jitsu training at Academia Monteiro

Consequently, he joined Academia Monteiro and trained under Fabio Monterio - Saulo’s first jiu-jitsu coach.

2.1.3. Higher Studies & Gracie Humaita

In 1992, he moved to Rio de Janeiro for higher studies and enrolled in Gracie Humaita Academia. Luck was with him because the amazing Royler Gracie became his coach.

In the early 90s, still a brown belt, Ribeiro won the title of Brazilian National Champion in the lightweight division.

2.2. Pro BJJ Combat

2.2.1. Brazilian National Champion

In the early 90s, still a brown belt, Ribeiro won the title of Brazilian National Champion in the lightweight division.

2.2.2. Worthy of a Black Belt

November 27, 1995, became “The Big Day” of Saulo’s life when his master Royler Gracie deemed him worthy of a black belt. The years that followed witnessed Ribeiro’s glorious jiu-jitsu career.

2.2.3. Competing to Win

He competed in every national and international championship. To make his journey to the top more challenging, he fought in different weight divisions and stood victorious in most of the matches.

2.3 - Pro-MMA Combat

2.3.1. MMA Competitions

In 1996, Ribeiro’s daring nature compelled him to fight in his first mixed martial arts (MMA) tournament. After a long hiatus, Ribeiro re-entered the MMA stage in the years 2000 and 2002. These years marked his noteworthy success - 2 submission wins against adept MMA combatants. However, he chose to remain a grappler and pursue a career in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

2.4. Historic Fights

2.4.1. Saulo Ribeiro vs Marcelo Braga


Saulo Ribiero put on a striking show of his grappling skills to conquer the quarterfinal round of Pan American Championship and eventually compete in the final. He defeated Marcelo Braga by armbar in an epic fight that night.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Div.
2007 Pan American Championship Marcelo Braga Win Armbar 4F 88 Kg

2.4.2. Saulo Ribeiro vs Cassio Werneck


Set to keep his win record unblemished, Ribeiro competed ruthlessly in all rounds of the Pan American Championship, held in 2007. He faced another BJJ ace Cassio Werneck in the finals. At the end of the match, black belt Ribeiro stood victorious.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Div.
2007 Pan American Cassio Win Points F 88 Kg

2.4.3. Saulo Ribeiro vs Gregor Gracie


In 2008, Saulo made his mark in the no-gi jiu-jitsu world through his remarkable win. This was Saulo’s first no-gi tournament. He entered the finals after successfully defeating Jason Bukich and Igor Gracie in the quarter-finals and the semi-finals, respectively.

He won his first no-gi championship title after defeating Gregor Gracie by 3 points in the final round.

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Div.
2008 NoGi World Championship Gregor Gracie Win Points 3x0 F 88 Kg

2.5. BJJ Instructorship

Ribeiro is an accomplished fighter. His stunning win record is sufficient proof. Keen on devoting his life to BJJ, he became a trainer. His journey as a jiu-jitsu teacher began in 2004 when he released an instructional DVD series called, the “Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Revolution”.

Over the years his credibility as an instructor grew. Today, Saulo is one of the best Jiu-Jitsu coaches in the world with more than 2000 students enrolled in his academy.

2.5.1. Starting a Jiu-Jitsu University



In February 2007, Saulo and his brother Xande worked with master Royler Gracie to establish a jiu-jitsu school which later became the headquarters of the Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu Association.

The Ribeiro brothers were keen on teaching, not just the sport but also the core values of martial arts. The ideology was to strengthen the body and the character. This thought process combined with his mastery of the art, helped him to promote BJJ all over the world. Today more than 2000 students from all over the world are training with the Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu Association and the University of Jiu-Jitsu camp. He also had the privilege to upgrade more than 60 students to the black belt level.

2.5.2. Publication

In 2008, Ribeiro went on to deliver the wisdom of jiu-jitsu through his words and penned down the most valuable book Jiu-Jitsu University.” The book is cited frequently as the best-written training manual for all belt levels.

In August 2015, Ribeiro had another proud moment when Robson Gracie, the president of the Rio de Janeiro Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation, elevated him to the rank of 5th-degree black belt. He earned the 6th-degree black belt in 2019.

2.5.3. Retired for a Come Back

Initially, the ADCC World Championship, Barcelona, held in 2009 was Ribeiro’s last competition. He competed in the 99 kg weight class and bested Kouji Kanechika and Romulo Barral. He then lost the semi-final to Fabricio Werdum and third place to Jeff Monson. Both of the matches ended in a decision loss. Ribeiro chose this time to announce his retirement from all professional Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitions.

He later announced his participation in the International Masters and Seniors Championship. Ribeiro made an impressive comeback, he won his weight division and a team trophy for Gracie Humaita. In 2014, he faced Rodrigo Medeiros in Metamoris IV. The highly anticipated match ended in a draw.

2.5.4. The Hall of Fame

Admired for his achievements, Ribeiro was made a part of the inaugural class of the ADCC Hall of Fame in 2022.

2.6. Championships & Accomplishments

National

  • Brazilian National Championship

International

  • World Masters & Seniors Championship
  • International Masters & Seniors Championship
  • ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship
  • Pan American Championship
  • World No-Gi Championship
  • World Jiu-Jitsu Championship

Record/Medals

  • Brazilian National Championship
  • World Masters & Seniors Championship
  • International Masters & Seniors Championship
  • ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship
  • Pan American Championship
  • World No-Gi Championship
  • World Jiu-Jitsu Championship
Event Year Medals
World Masters & Seniors Championship 2012 2 Gold Medals
World Masters & Seniors Championship 2013 2 Gold Medals
World Masters & Seniors Championship 2014 1 Gold Medal
World Masters & Seniors Championship 2015 1 Gold Medal
World Masters & Seniors Championship 2016 1 Gold Medal
Event Year Medals
International Masters & Seniors Championship 2010 1 Silver Medal
International Masters & Seniors Championship 2010 1 Gold Medal
International Masters & Seniors Championship 2015 1 Gold Medal
Event Year Medals
World Jiu-Jitsu Championship 1997 1 Gold Medal
World Jiu-Jitsu Championship 1998 1 Gold Medal
World Jiu-Jitsu Championship 1999 1 Gold Medal
World Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2000 1 Gold Medal
World Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2001 1 Silver Medal
World Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2002 1 Silver Medal
World Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2002 1 Gold Medal
World Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2005 1 Bronze Medal
World Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2007 1 Silver Medal
Event Year Medals
ADCC Championship 1999 2 Silver Medals
ADCC Championship 2000 1 Gold Medal
ADCC Championship 2001 2 Silver Medals
ADCC Championship 2003 2 Gold Medals
ADCC Championship 2005 1 Bronze Medal
Event Year Medals
Pan American Championship 1998 2 Gold Medals
Event Year Medals
Pan American Championship 2008 1 Gold Medal
Event Year Medals
Brazilian National Jiu-Jitsu Championship 1996 1 Gold Medal
- 1998 2 Gold Medals

3. Main Achievements

Won Brazilian National Championship 3 times
Year Weight Class
1996 Super heavyweight
1998 Medium-heavy and Absolute
Won World Masters & Seniors Championship 7 times
Year Weight Class
2012 Super-heavy weight & Absolute
2013 Super-heavy weight & Absolute
2014 Super-heavy weight
2015 Super-heavy weight
2016 Heavy-weight
Won International Masters & Seniors Championship 2 times
Year Weight Class
2010 Heavy-weight
2015 Super-heavy weight
Won Pan American Championship twice
Year Weight Class
1918 Heavy-weight and Absolute
Won Pan American Championship twice
Year Weight Class
2000 88 Kg
2003 88 Kg
Won World Jiu-Jitsu Championship 5 times
Year Weight Class
1997 Middle-weight
1998 Heavy-weight
1999 Light heavyweight
2000 Super heavyweight
2002 Light heavyweight
World No-Gi Champion.
Year Weight Class
2008 Medium Heavyweight

4. Main Achievements (Belts)

Black Belt
Position Belt Events (GI) Year
1st Black Brazilian National Championship 1996, 1999
1st Black World Masters & Seniors Championship 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
1st Black International Masters & Seniors Championship 2010, 2015
2nd Black International Masters & Seniors Championship 2010
1st Black World No-Gi Championship 2008
1st Black Pan American Championship 1998
1st Black ADCC World Championship 2000, 2003
2nd Black ADCC World Championship 1999, 2001
3rd Black ADCC World Championship 2005
1st Black World Jiu-Jitsu Championship 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002
2nd Black World Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2001, 2002, 2007
3rd Black World Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2005

5. Saulo Ribeiro’s Jiu-Jitsu Professional Record Breakdown

Professional Record Breakdown
91 Matches 70 Wins 21 Losses
By Submission 10 05
By Points 44 12
By Advantage 11 02
By Decision 03 01
By DQ 00 00
By Penalty 02 01

5.1. Submission Methods W/L

Submission Methods W/L
Submission Method 10 Wins 05 Losses
Armbars 1 1
Triangle Armbar 1 0
Choke from Back 1 0
Kata Gatame 1 0
Choke 1 0
Cross Choke 0 1
Baseball Choke 0 1
Submission 1 0
RNC 3 0
Knee Bar 0 1
Toehold 0 1

6. Saulo Ribeiro’s BJJ Fight History

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2014 Metamoris 4 Rodrigo Comprido D - SPF ABS
2009 ADCC Championship Jeff Monson L Points 3RD 099 kg
2009 ADCC Championship Fabricio Werdum L Points SF 099 kg
2009 ADCC Championship Romulo Barral W Points 4F 099 kg
2009 ADCC Championship Kouji Kanechika W Points R1 099 kg
2008 NoGi Worlds Championship Gregor Gracie W Points 3x0 F 88 kg
2008 NoGi Worlds Championship Igor Gracie W Points 7x0 SF 88 kg
2008 NoGi Worlds Championship Jason Bukich W Points 8x0 4F 88 kg
2007 NoGi Pan American Championship Romulo Barral W Referee Decision F 88 kg
2007 NoGi Pan American Championship Edson Diniz W RNC SF 88 kg
2007 World Championship Romulo Barral L Points 6x0 F 88 kg
2007 World Championship Tarsis Humphreys W Points 2x2, Advantage SF 88 kg
2007 World Championship Raphael Abi-Rihan W Points 4x0 4F 88 kg
2007 ADCC Championship Mike Fowler L Toehold 4F 77 kg
2007 ADCC Championship Takefuni Hanai W Submission R1 77 kg
2007 Pan American Championship Cassio Werneck W Points F 88 kg
2007 Pan American Championship Ailton Barbosa W Choke from back SF 88 kg
2007 Pan American Championship Marcelo Braga W Armbar 4F 88 kg
2007 GQ All Star Pro Pablo Popovitch L Points 0x0, Advantage F 81 kg
2007 GQ All Star Pro Marcel Louzado W Points 6x2 SF 81 kg
2007 GQ All Star Pro Kamal Shalorus W Points 0x0, Advantage 4F 81 kg
2006 LA Sub-X Jake Shields W Points 2x1 SPF ABS
2005 World Championship Roger Gracie L Cross Choke SF ABS
2005 World Cup Gabriel Napao L Points 5x0 4F O75 kg
2005 World Cup Ronaldo Souza L Points 8x0 SF 88 kg
2005 ADCC Championship Dennis Hallman W Triangle Armbar 3PLC 88kg
2005 ADCC Championship Demian Maia L Points 0x0, Pen SF 88 kg
2005 ADCC Championship Jorge Patino W Points 10x0 4F 88 kg
2005 ADCC Championship L. Papadopoulos W Points 3x0 R1 88 kg
2005 GQ Pro 16 David Avellan W Points SF ABS
2005 GQ Pro 16 Rafael Barbosa W Points 3x0 4F ABS
2005 GQ Pro 16 Jason Miller W Points N/A ABS
2004 World Cup Fernando Margrida L Points 4x2 SF 94 kg
2004 World Cup Fabio Nascimento W Points 4F 94 kg
2003 Arnold Classic R.Lovato Jr W Katagatame N/A 88 kg
2003 Arnold Classic Unknown W RNC N/A 88 kg
2003 ADCC Championship Dean Lister L Kneebar 4F ABS
2003 ADCC Championship Jeff Monson W Referee Decision R1 ABS
2003 ADCC Championship Ronaldo Souza W Points 3x0 F 88 kg
2003 ADCC Championship David Terell W Referee Decision SF 88 kg
2003 ADCC Championship Rodrigo Comprido W Points 2x0 4F 88 kg
2003 ADCC Championship Yuki Sasaki W Points R1 88 kg
2002 World Championship Marcio Cruz L Points 2x0 F ABS
2002 World Championship Gabriel Gonzaga W Points 3x0 SF ABS
2002 World Championship Roberto Correa W Points 4x2 4F ABS
2002 World Championship Fabio Nascimento W Bow and Arrow R1 ABS
2002 World Championship Erik Wanderlei W Points 7x0 F 88 kg
2002 World Championship Marcel Louzado W Points 4x0 SF 88 kg
2002 World Championship Fabio Nascimento W Points 4x0 SF 88 kg
2001 World Championship Fernando Margarida L Baseball Choke F 88 kg
2001 World Championship Murilo Rupp W Points SF 88 kg
2001 World Championship Roger Coehlo W Points 4F 88 kg
2001 World Championship Fernando Margarida L Points 2x0 F ABS
2001 ADCC Championship Ricardo Arona L Points 2x0 4F ABS
2001 ADCC Championship T.Yano W Points 11x2 R1 ABS
2001 ADCC Championship Sanae Kikuta L Points 3x0 F 88 kg
2001 ADCC Championship Nino Schembri W Pen SF 88 kg
2001 ADCC Championship R.Anderson W Points 4F 88 kg
2001 ADCC Championship Travis Lutter W Points 2x0 R1 88 kg
2000 ADCC Championship Ricardo Liborio W Pen F 88 kg
2000 ADCC Championship Sasha Savko W Points 3x2 SF 88 kg
2000 ADCC Championship Dave Menne W RNC 4F 88 kg
2000 ADCC Championship Jerry Bolander W Points 2x0 R1 88 kg
2000 World Championship Daniel Simoes W Points F 100 kg
2000 World Championship Gabriel Gonzaga W Points SF 100 kg
2000 World Championship Adilson Lima W Points 4F 100 kg
2000 World Championship Roberto Ferreira W Points R1 100 kg
1999 ADCC Championship Jeff Monson L Advantage F 99 kg
1999 ADCC Championship Murilo Bustamante W Points 5x0 SF 99 kg
1999 ADCC Championship Vernon White W Points 16 x 0 4F 99 kg
1999 ADCC Championship Mourat Ozov W Choke from back R1 99 kg
1999 World Championship Roberto Roleta W Advantage F 88 kg
1999 World Championship Ze Marcello W Advantage SF 88 kg
1999 World Championship Givanildo Santana W Advantage 4F 88 kg
1999 World Championship Marcelo Hertz W Advantage R1 88 kg
1998 Oscar de JJ Fabio Gurgel W Advantage SPF 94 kg
1998 World Championship Fabio Gurgel W Points 2x0 F 94 kg
1998 World Championship Murilo Bustamante W Advantage SF 94 kg
1998 World Championship Anderson Xavier W Points 4F 94 kg
1998 Super Liga Leo Dalla W Points 3x0 F ABS
1998 Super Liga Ismael Sousa W Points 13x0 SF ABS
1998 Super Liga Ze Marcello W Points 2x0 4F ABS
1997 Copa Pele Ricardo Americano W Points SPF N/A
1997 World Championship Mario Sperry L Points R2 ABS
1997 World Championship Nino Schembri W Advantage F 82 kg
1997 World Championship Rony Rustico W Advantage SF 82 kg
1997 World Championship Guilherme Santos W Advantage 4F 82 kg
1996 Brasileiro Roberto Roleta L Armbar F 88 kg
1996 Brasileiro Ricardo Herriott W Points SF 88 kg
1996 Brasileiro Unknown W Points 4F 88 kg
1996 Pan American Championship Roberto Correa L Points 4x2 SF ABS
1996 Pan American Championship Roberto Roleta L Referee Decision F 88 kg

7. MMA Professional Record Breakdown

3 Matches 2 Wins 1 Losses
By Submission 2 0
By Knockout 0 1
By Decision 0 0

7.1. Submission Methods W/L

By Submission 2 Wins 0 Loss
Rear-naked choke 02 00

8. MMA Fight History

Year Event Opponent W/L/D Method Stage Weight Class
2002 TFC 5 (Fightzone 5) Jason Ireland W RNC N/A N/A
2000 C2K Colosseum 2000 Yuki Kondo L TKO (punch) R1 Heavyweight
1996 CDL Carioca de Freestyle Carlos Lopes W RNC N/A N/A

9. Top Fights (Video Links)

Saulo Riberio vs Edson Diniz

Saulo Ribeiro vs Lucio Fernandes

Saulo Ribeiro vs Eduardo Telles

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