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Xande Ribeiro Eyeing Contract With the UFC; In Talks to Fight in September

(Ribeiro could bring BJJ back to the UFC’s 205-pound class)

In a recent interview with TATAME, multiple time ADCC and World Jiu-Jitsu Championships winner Xande Ribeiro cryptically revealed that the next time he competes in mixed martial arts, it could very well be inside the UFC’s Octagon this fall.

Although just 2-0 in his young MMA career, Ribeiro looked like a seasoned pro in his first two bouts. Displaying a surprisingly well-rounded combination of striking and grappling, he defeated Takashi Sugiura by TKO in 2008 and Keiichiro Yamamiya by knockout in 2009 – both under the Sengoku banner. According to Ribeiro, the reason why he hasn’t been very active in the ring or cage is because the priorities the past few years have been to compete in jiu-jitsu and grappling competitions and to run the California-based University of Jiu-Jitsu academy he co-owns with his brother, Saulo.

The 29-year-old Brazilian-born fighter says that he now wants to focus more on MMA and is looking to prove that a fighter with a jiu-jitsu base can be as dominant as Royce Gracie was back in the day and has his sights set on the UFC’s 185-pound division as a platform in which to plead his case.

"I had a contract with [Sengoku in] Japan, but when Japan went through a tough phase, the event was canceled and they did not continue with what they had to do. They had to give me two fights, but didn’t give me any. I would do another event [with them] here in America, but the contract wasn’t very good, the clauses weren’t nice. We work on our name within Jiu-Jitsu for a long time and a lot of MMA people start saying things about Jiu-Jitsu. I will keep on worshiping Jiu-Jitsu, so I’ll fight with who worships the sport and me. It didn’t happened, but [I'm] in negotiation with another event, which I can’t speak right now, but let’s wait and see it goes on the right way so I can fight on September. As I said, my main focus in MMA was not fighting strong. Of course I wanted to fight, but my focus was on the lessons I could learn from it, the getting stronger part, my evolvement on Wrestling and Boxing, so I can be ready when I step on the ring. A lot of people train to fight and now I’m training to learn. When I step on the ring again, with God’s help, it will be on UFC’s, and I hope I’m in a good shape so that I can represent well our Jiu-Jitsu and show my evolvement in the last years."

According to an interview Ribeiro did with FiveOuncesofPain earlier this year, he is contracted to Sengoku until August, but would be free to fight for any organization after that, at which time he will drop down to compete at middleweight.

If he comes to terms with the promotion, Ribeiro will join his student, Diego Sanchez on the UFC’s roster.

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Shifty- May 14, 2010 at 9:51 am
That Billy Zane, he's so hot right now
rampageisgod- May 13, 2010 at 2:35 pm
Hopefully they get his brother Alphonso in the UFC.
Almost North- May 13, 2010 at 11:56 am
Haha don't worry about it. Just throwing shit around and seeing what sticks.
VisitingDeadAncestors- May 13, 2010 at 11:53 am
^ wait, why am i a troll?

i was sarcastic above, referencing my inability to speak / write Japanese.

lost in internet lingo.
Almost North- May 13, 2010 at 11:35 am

@ Rex13

can't you just copy and paste some kanji like i did?

i hope it says "Ribeiro is Super Number One!".

Well the shit you posted on your account sure isn't kanji......
So hello Mr Troll
VisitingDeadAncestors- May 13, 2010 at 11:32 am
@ Rex13

can't you just copy and paste some kanji like i did?

i hope it says "Ribeiro is Super Number One!".
Kid Clam Curtains- May 13, 2010 at 11:03 am
justscrappin- May 13, 2010 at 11:00 am
Saulo and Xande's bjj is like having a superpower. Like no strength involved...just sick positioning and knowing the exact angles to apply pressure...or escape with. If you train yourself a favor and get the book University of jiu-jitsu by Saulo. It will be nice to see a guy that big doing refined bjj.
omunto- May 13, 2010 at 10:53 am
Can't wait... The Ribeiro brothers are the reason we get so many talented fighters training down here in San Diego. I hope he does great.
NorthSouthDudesOnly- May 13, 2010 at 10:35 am
Huge fan but his stand up wasn't looking so hot over in Sengoku.
C-Bus Allstar- May 13, 2010 at 10:19 am
Someone please tell his fucking interpreter that the word "evolvement" doesn't exist. And that it's called EVOLUTION.

Isn't one of the prerequisites to being an interpreter, a strong grasp of the 2 languages you're translating?
Almost North- May 13, 2010 at 10:01 am
Looking forward to seeing this guy in the 205. Solid fighter, nice to see a little more jitz at light heavyweight, bit wrestler-centric at the moment.

Japanese is sort of an embarrassing language to know in the USA. People assume you are in it for the anime or the porn. Sweaty people are always trying to speak to you without realizing they sound like 13 year old girls. Japanese makes you a dork the way Russian in the 50's made you a communist.
Ratel- May 13, 2010 at 9:28 am
ha ha. i'm all for new talent coming in. things are starting to stagnate in what they used to call 'stacked' divisions. soooo, which can will they hand to this guy?
ReX13- May 13, 2010 at 9:24 am
Please stop with the kanji and hiragana. I'm just a stupid gaijin, mmmmmmkay?
VisitingDeadAncestors- May 13, 2010 at 9:21 am
????? !
Smitty- May 13, 2010 at 9:06 am
Aaaaahhhhhhh shit. Doesn't seem like it, but I hope he don't flop like the last Gracie.
Almost South- May 13, 2010 at 9:05 am
nicey- May 13, 2010 at 8:58 am
love xander crews!