Ricardo Libório, co-founder of American Top Team, and Champion of the ADCC 2015 “SUPERFIGHT”against Mario Sperry, is coming to Black Label – Charleston, SC – December 21, 2015.
Libório helps to train a stable of UFC, Bellator, and other professional MMA, BJJ and Muay Thai fighters, including Thiago Alves, Robbie Lawler, Antônio Silva, Nik Lentz, Marcus Brimage, Hector Lombard, Cole Miller, Daniel Straus, Micah Miller, Jeff Monson, Brad Pickett, Steve Montgomery, Gleison Tibau, Steve Mocco, Tecia Torres, Dan Cramer, Yoel Romero, Colby Covington, Muhammed Lawal, Nathan Coy, Valérie Létourneau, Jorge Masvidal, Jessica Aguilar, Dustin Poirier, and Tyron Woodley.
Ricardo Liborio is also widely regarded in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as one of the top black belts ever produced by Master Carlson Gracie, and an all around legend of the sport. Ricardo Liborio was the very first World Jiu Jitsu Champion in the super heavyweight division (above 100kg/221lbs) back in 1996, a division he won weighing little over 83kg (181lbs).
- Three time Brazilian National Champion
- 2nd Abu Dhabi Submission Tournament 2000.
- 3rd Abu Dhabi Submission Tournament 1999.
- NAGA Coach of the year in 2005.
- Inducted into the NAGA Grappling Hall of Fame.
- National Coach for USA Grappling
Antônio Ricardo Jardim Libório was born on July 13, 1967, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His introduction to combat sports began at the age of 4, when he began studying Judo. He later took up tae kwon do and boxing. At 14, he began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the Carlson Gracie academy in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, which produced black belts such as Vitor Belfort, André Pederneiras, and Ricardo de la Riva. Libório received his black belt from Carlson Gracie in 1993 at the age of 26.
In 1996, Libório entered the first ever “Mundials,” or World Jiu-Jitsu Championship, winning a gold medal in the super heavyweight (super-pesado) division over Leo Castello Branco, a much heavier opponent. He was awarded the title of “Most Technical Black Belt” in that tournament.
In 2000, Libório competed in the International Masters Mundials under his middle name, Antônio Jardim, taking gold in the meio-pesado (middle-heavy) division.
Charleston, SC December 21, 2015 – Black Label with Malachy Friedman.