a refacut clasamentul cu cei mai mari luptatori de BJJ (Jiu Jitsu Brazilian) din toate timpurile. Clasamentul atribuie un numar de puncte functie de competitie si medalia castigata.

Conform noului criteriu, Xande Ribeiro superviser-ul clubului AGON ocupa locul intai, cu 71 de puncte urmat de fratele acestuia Saulo Ribeiro care a adunat 63 de puncte. Pe locurile 3 si 4 sunt clasati Marcelo Garcia cu 60 puncte si Roger Gracie cu 59 puncte.

Ok, so a few tweaks here and there have occurred since the creation of this page and this last one is probably the biggest change of them all. In order to keep the list as unbiased as humanly possible, BJJ Heroes has built a score system, as shown on the board below. The points were awarded for medals in the black belt division of all 4 major competitions in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The two main competitions (World Championship/Mundial and ADCC) were given more relevance as they are the cream of the crop of BJJ tournaments while the other two (that arguably are just as hard as the aforementioned) are seen as lower in overall significance.

The Scoring:

Competition    Points Awarded Per Medal
Gold    Silver    Bronze
Mundial           4         3             1
ADCC    4    3    1
Pan Am    3    2    1
Brasileiro    3    2    1
As someone mentioned in the comments section of this page (below), the article could be called something else rather then the top BJJ Fighters of all time, maybe something along the lines: “Comprehensive list of all the greatest BJJ fighters that have competed since records began” but lets face it, it is not a great title and the current one (as it stands), is as close to an unbiased truth as possible.

Greatest BJJ Fighters of All Time

1st Place – Alexandre Ribeiro (Xande): 71 Points
It may come as a surprise to a few of you out there, but Alexandre Ribeiro is by far the greatest Jiu Jitsu competitor to have entered a mat. Alexandre is known for his cerebral approach to BJJ and competition, a weapon he has used to defeat great names of the sport such as Marcelo Garcia and Roger Gracie. Xande spent a few years concentrating on MMA, a shame for Jiu Jitsu as he could have built himself an even bigger lead over the competition, still, not bad at all!

Medal Tally

Competitions    Gold    Silver    Bronze    Total
Mundial    5    2    4    11
ADCC    2    1    3    6
Pan Am    4    2    2    8
Brasileiro    2            2
Totals    13    5    9    27

2nd Place – Saulo Ribeiro: 63 Points
Marking the Ribeiro family one of the strongest in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu history, Saulo Ribeiro is the older brother of “Xande” who carved his name on the BJJ world champions list in the 1990’s and was still running strong in the new millennium. Saulo has fought in several different weight divisions, always testing himself against the best of the best and winning against most. His battles against Roberto Magalhães (Roleta), Nino Schembri, Fabio Gurgel and many others will forever be remembered and so will his competitive spirit and his long lasting career.

Medal Tally

Competitions    Gold    Silver    Bronze    Total
Mundial    5    3        8
ADCC    2    2    1    5
Pan Am    2    1        3
Brasileiro    2    1        3
Total    11    7    1    19

3rd Place – Marcelo Garcia: 60 Points
The Alliance prodigy has been at the top of the most stacked divisions in BJJ for years on end, master of many trades (arm drags, guilhotina, north south chokes, X-Guard, etc), Marcelinho has helped shape the landscape of Jiu Jitsu both in Kimono and without it (Nogi). A true living legend of the sport, he is also one of the most entertaining grapplers in the world.

Medal Tally

Competitions    Gold    Silver    Bronze    Total
Mundial    5    1        6
ADCC    4    2    1    7
Pan Am    1            1
Brasileiro    3    1        4
Total    13    4    1    18

4th Place – Roger Gracie: 59 Points
There cannot be an article in the world about “the best at BJJ” where this man is not mentioned. Many have argued that Roger is the best ever, though he does not put his grappling prowess on display as many times as some of his fellow Jiu Jitsu competitors, when he does, the world stays in awe of his accomplishments. He was the first man to conquer 3 open weight divisions in the Mundial, and he was the first man to win both his weight and the weight division of an ADCC (2005) tournament winning every fight by submission.

Medal Tally

Competitions    Gold    Silver    Bronze    Total
Mundial    9    3        12
ADCC    2        1    3
Pan Am    1    1        2
Brasileiro                0
Total    12    4    1    17

5th Place –Marcio Feitosa: 54 Points
Another fierce competitor, Marcio Feitosa was one of the most famous light weights in the history of the sport, reaching sequential podium spots for 7 years in a row at the world championships. Not always the flashier competitor of the tournament, Marcio excelled at strategy and timing which worked perfectly as his record remains as the best amongst the lighter weight competitors.

Medal Tally

Competitions    Gold    Silver    Bronze    Total
Mundial    3    4        7
ADCC    1        1    2
Pan Am    2            2
Brasileiro    3    3        6
Total    9    7    1    17

6th Place – André Galvão: 52 Points
Considered a phenom since his teenage years, Andre Galvao lost a couple of years to dedicate himself to an MMA career; otherwise his score could have been higher. This Tererê black belt was always a believer in keeping a very high competitive pace, often fighting in smaller shows just to keep active for the big tournaments… his hard work paid off often.

Medal Tally

Competitions    Gold    Silver    Bronze    Total
Mundial    2    2    1    5
ADCC    2    1    2    5
Pan Am    5            5
Brasileiro    2    1    1    4
Total    11    4    4    19

7h Place – Marcio Cruz (Pé de Pano): 44 points
One of the world’s best ever Super Heavyweights, Marcio Cruz was L’enfant terrible of Jiu Jitsu in the beginning of the XXI century. His antics against some of his rivals were sustainable on the mats where he destroyed many of his opponents making better use of his famous guard and fatal triangle choke.~

Medal Tally

Competitions    Gold    Silver    Bronze    Total
Mundial    3        2    5
ADCC    1        2    3
Pan Am    4            4
Brasileiro    3    1        4
Total    11    1    4    16

8th Place – Roberto Magalhães (Roleta): 43 Points
The creator of the Inverted Guard (Tornado Guard), Roleta was one of the most exciting grapplers of his time. Through his creativeness, his heated battles (with Wallid Ismail, Saulo Ribeiro or Margarida and many others), as well as his achievements, Magalhaes became one of the starlets in the golden era of Gracie Barra, and will always be associated with the Barra da Tijuca team of the 1990’s.

Medal Tally

Competitions    Gold    Silver    Bronze    Total
Mundial    4    3        7
ADCC                0
Pan Am    4    1        5
Brasileiro    1    1        2
Total    9    5    0    14

9th Place – Leo Vieira (Leozinho) & Rubens Charles (Cobrinha): 40 Points
These two grappling magicians have both placed 9th on this chart, Leo Vieira is a well known fighter who established himself as one of the best Nogi Jiu Jitsu practitioners in the game through successive wins at the ADCC. His acrobatic and slick style made him a fan favourite, and his fights against Mark Kerr, Shaolin Ribeiro, Rany Yahya will forever be remembered as some of the most entertaining grappling matches of all time. As for Rubens Charles Maciel, he was the king of the featherweights for 4 years, winning against everyone in his division and his use of the De-La-Riva guard was one of his weapons of choice, he was still active in 2011 and if he continues to compete he might reach higher ground on this list.

Medal Tally

Cobrina    Gold    Silver    Bronze    Total    Leozinho    Gold    Silver    Bronze    Total
Mundial    4    1    1    6                                          Mundial    1    3    1    5
ADCC        2        2                                                  ADCC    2    2        4
Pan Am    4            4                                              Pan Am    3    1    1    5
Brasileiro        1        1                                            Brasileiro    1            1
Total    8    4    1    13                                             Total    7    6    2    15

10th Place – Royler Gracie: 38 Points
Another historic figure for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Royler Gracie has been a pillar of sport BJJ both as a competitor and as a coach and his contribute to Jiu Jitsu is not only displayed here by his own achievements but also by the achievements of his students Alexandre and Saulo Ribeiro at number 1 & 2 of this list. Royler was a fierce competitor from the 1980’s well into the 2000’s era, covering 3 decades of BJJ at the highest level. He was also the first featherweight in history to medal at the open weight division of the Mundial.

Medal Tally

Competitions    Gold    Silver    Bronze    Total
Mundial    4        1    5
ADCC    3            3
Pan Am    2            2
Brasileiro    1            1
Total    10    0    1    11
Honorable Mentions

Though this list is based only on competitive achievements, there are certain figures of BJJ that deserve their mention in the top of all time. These are Jiu Jitsu black belts who were part of an era where competition was active but records were poorly kept, and though they cannot be in an official listing of this website, they deserve the admiration of this great BJJ community by the strength of their achievements. And without any specific order, these men are:

Rickson Gracie: Often regarded as the best Jiu Jitsu fighter of all time, Rickson competed for years in hundreds of matches in several different disciplines (No Holds Barred, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Sambo, etc) with the only loss on record coming in a Sambo competition by points.

Rolls Gracie: Rolls is another member of the Gracie family that is always present as one of the top athletes of all time, he was a creator of positions and one of the first people in Jiu Jitsu to believe in cross training, bringing a lot of Judo and Wrestling techniques to help grow BJJ. He was also the family’s top competitor in the 1970’s.

Cassio Cardoso: A student of Carlson Gracie, Cassio only had one loss in his competitive career, a loss to Marcelo Behring (which he avenged afterwards in an epic 90 minute battle). Cassio was regarded as the best student in the Carlson Gracie gym and one of the most complete fighters that ever lived.

João Alberto Barreto: Famous for being Gracie Jiu Jitsu’s top representative in the 1950’s, Joao Alberto spent his entire career without tasting the bitter flavour of defeat. He competed extensively (mainly in Vale Tudo matches) and is known to have never lost a fight.


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