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Xande Ribeiro Admits To Being Down $2 Million Due To Competitions Prep – But Still Doesn’t Fully Support CJI

Xande Ribeiro Admits To Being Down $2 Million Due To Competitions Prep – But Still Doesn’t Fully Support CJI

It’s no secret that combat sports competition preparation can get expensive…
Especially on the professional level.

In the case of Jiu-Jitsu, preparing for events organized by, for example, the IBJJF and ADCC can take a lot of money out of the athlete’s pockets.
Not just when it comes to training, either. But also for things such as traveling, accommodation, coaches…

The list goes on and the expenses keep adding.
And in the case of Xande Ribeiro, the expenses have totaled at least $2 million over the many years of competition.

Ribeiro explained that he doesn’t regret it, though.
Because it’s the legacy that makes it all worthwhile:

I probably spent over $2 million in all my competitions there.

And I didn’t make the money, you know, because I paved the way to ADCC to be where it is right now.

And, even though he understands the importance of bringing additional money to BJJ competitions, he still doesn’t fully support the way Craig Jones had organized the CJI event:

I think it’s a good thing that he’s doing, just on the wrong purpose and timing.
Going against ADCC is going against 20 and some years of something that actually gave him the platform to do what he’s doing.

Basically what he’s doing is, if I would have gone and put a tournament the same day that IBJJF World Championships, and I just have a lot of money, that’s what I’m doing.

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