Saulo Ribeiro's Comments at the No-Gi BJJ Mundials

by Caleb on August 11, 2008

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Saulo Ribeiro in his match yesterday against Jason Bukich (seated).

I caught up with Saulo Ribeiro briefly at the conclusion of the 2008 BJJ No-Gi World Championships yesterday to gather his thoughts after he won the gold medal in the black belt middle heavyweight division.

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The FightWorks Podcast: How are you Saulo?

Saulo Ribeiro: Good, man, one more day in the office, you know?

The FightWorks Podcast: Tell us real quickly about your match with Gregor Gracie in the finals.

Saulo Ribeiro: Gregor for me is kind of a cousin, you know? He has been around the circuit for so long. When I was a black belt, he was a yellow belt. So it’s kind of an upcoming generation of the Gracies. Now Gracies are in the transition for the new generation of Gracies that are coming. And it’s a pleasure, you know, to fight with the kids.

Gregor and Igor are going to get a lot of experience from fighting me. It’s hard to fight me. If I had to fight me I would have to really think about a strategy because if you let me get the lead, it’s going to be really hard to come back. I am training hard. I think if someone is going to beat me they’re going to have to steal my heart and I think my heart is really big, and it paid off.

The FightWorks Podcast: When you got up from the mats, when you were announced the winner, you pointed at someone in the crowd. Who was it, and why?

Saulo Ribeiro: (I pointed) To my brother, because I think that some people from Gracie Barra owe him an apology because my brother never disrespected anybody, my brother never played cheap with anybody, and to hear what they said to my brother was not nice.

We always respect everybody. We never put anybody down. And Roger Gracie has all our respect. He is like an idol for all of us. We love to fight him because we know that we’re going to become better if we fight him. I think that when you fight somebody at that caliber you become him a little bit, you steal a little bit of his toughness and his skills.

That’s why the best have to fight against each other, have to train against each other, because we want to see the best jiu-jitsu in the world.

The FightWorks Podcast: What is the best city in the United States for Brazilian jiu-jitsu today?

Saulo Ribeiro: Oh definitely San Diego California, the University of Jiu-Jitsu. It was not our idea, but it just became like that. Thank God, in my opinion today we have the best training camp for MMA as well. I think that with the students we have over there, not only that but hard-working people. Because the only way to get better is hard work. If you don’t work that hard, it’s impossible to get better. I can tolerate everything. I can tolerate conceipt, but self-pity is just something that chaps my ass. When I see people complain, “Oh, the judge, the referee stole the fight from me…”, I think this is loser talk. And that’s what we do, we just train hard.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

SJMB August 12, 2008 at 4:23 am

What is Saulo referring to when he mentions Gracie Barra speaking disrespectfully to Xande?

Caleb August 12, 2008 at 7:15 am

I think he is referring to what Xande talked about in episode 121 of the show at the 31m09s mark of the episode.

arnaud August 12, 2008 at 4:14 pm

I have been going crazy trying to find out why Bill cooper go disqualified for this time! What happened?

ninjamurf August 14, 2008 at 12:21 pm

Well, lucky me, I still had episode 121 so I didn’t have to go back and download it again. That’s one thing that’s always impressed me about the Ribeiro’s is their sense of honor and the way they are always so humble. I think Roger is the same way and it was kind of disappointing that a few “bad” GB guys could sour the attitude against the whole clan. I’m pretty sure that Roger would never disrespect Xande (or anyone for that matter.)

Amaud-I heard that Coop’ was DQ for reaping the knee? I heard that he protested pretty heavily and said that he wasn’t reaping the knee…but I think Caleb might be a better source for info on this. He was there…I wasn’t.

gama2h January 17, 2009 at 10:22 am

Does anyone know about Saulo’s journey to the US, or was he born here? Did he spend any time in Toledo, OH?

TDL February 26, 2009 at 1:34 am

There is a Saulo Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu Association school in Toledo, OH. I know that Saulo and Xande have visited the area multiple times…

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