Xande Ribeiro is one of my favorite grapplers ever.
Confession: I still have a sweep in my arsenal called the ‘Xande Sweep’ and that’s how I teach it. It was a sweep he used against Marcelo Garcia and it’s a-mazing.
In an interview with Tatame, Ribeiro had some pretty strong words for MMA fighters who receive a black belt without ever training (or competing), in the gi. Common examples of this thrown around in forums are Rashad Evans, Wanderlei Silva, and Daniel Cormier.
“I find this a little embarrassing. It’s a joke! You shouldn’t give a black belt just because the guy is tough. You have to respect the master and your companions. Many people get the black belt to open affiliates of an academy, and that is unacceptable. Another thing that makes me angry is seeing an MMA fighter getting a black belt. MMA is not Jiu-Jitsu. You have to know how to use the Gi, must have commitment to Jiu-Jitsu and your master. Tell him to show a spider guard, a sweep … Who does that is only thinking about fame and money. I’ve trained and tried hard to get a black belt. I’ve been loyal to teachers and training partners. Jiu-Jitsu is one thing; MMA is another. Respect the art.”
What do you think of Xande’s statements?
Should BJJ black belts be promoting MMA fighters straight to black belt without having them pass through the ranks first?
Leave a comment below and let me know!