Coming off of an eventful 2009 and looking to complete his personal triple crown of championships, no-gi world champion and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt Alexandre “Xande” Ribeiro (2-0 MMA) looks to add an MMA world title to his collection of accomplishments.
Recently, Xande took a short trip to island of Oahu to recharge his batteries where FiveOuncesofPain.com had the opportunity to sit down with the decorated submission specialist with nothing but knockouts on his professional fighting resume during a training session at Central Oahu Jiu jitsu Academy.
Needing to take a break, Xande Ribeiro decided to vacation with some old friends and introduce his newborn daughter to the island he has been visiting since he was a 16-year old purple belt.
“I didn’t have a New Year,” said Ribeiro. “I just need five days off for rest.”
The past few months have been very hectic for Ribeiro. He has been preparing for another MMA match, recently became a father, and along with his brother Saulo, has just completed filming a new instructional BJJ video.
While Ribeiro does not have a confirmed fight for the upcoming March Sengoku, he closed out 2009 by increasing his training schedule to twice a day at the Arena MMA training center in San Diego alongside top competitors including Diego Sanchez, while at the same time, he’s been teaching at the University of BJJ.
“I have been doing a lot of MMA,” said Xande, who has competed near the 205 pound mark for the bulk of his competitive career. “I am dropping down to 185 [pounds], so I have been doing a lot of cardio.
“I will train three times a day [once he returns from Hawaii]… I am really focused”.
Ribeiro states that he is under contract with Sengoku where he has compiled an unblemished 2-0 record until August of this year. He has no intention of breaking his current contract, but he did allude to the fact that fighting in the US is a possibility that may present itself in the near future.
“There are some things in the works that I cannot talk about,” said Ribeiro.
Some view Ribeiro’s drop to 185 pounds as a perfect fit for the growing Strikeforce middleweight roster, while others speculate that he would be a welcome addition to the middleweight roster of the UFC.
Ribeiro had a few goals for his island getaway; most important was spending time with his daughter, stating, “I had to bring my daughter to swim in the ocean.”
Once he returns home to San Diego, Xande will join his brother Saulo and they will complete editing their new instructional video and have it on the shelf prior to the PanAm BJJ tournament. Although Ribeiro has made the transition to MMA, the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Champion has not ruled out another run at a BJJ World Championship.
”Worlds is a possibility,” said Ribeiro.
One thing is certain, 2010 will definitely be a breakthrough year for Xande Ribeiro.