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Xande and Pé de Pano meet again 13 years after their first battle at the 2002 Worlds

Pé de Pano vs. Xande at the 2005 Pan
Pé de Pano vs. Xande at the 2005 Pan

summer promoMárcio Pé de Pano and Xande Ribeiro met for the first time at the semifinal of the black belt open class of the 2002 Worlds.

On that day, Pé de Pano won by with a sweep after Xande was able to escape a clock choke.

Pano went on to defeat Xande’s brother, Saulo, in the final for the first of his two absolute gold medals.

The two fought twice after that and Pé was able to win both in 2004 and in 2005.

At the 2005 Pan, they met at the open class final and once again Marcio was able to score 2-0 to win with a sweep very much contested by Saulo.

Since their last encounter, Xande Ribeiro wrote his own name in Jiu-Jitsu’s history with two open class world titles and five gold medals in the heavyweight division, a record at that weight class.

Pé de Pano vs. Xande Ribeiro at the 2002 Worlds
Pé de Pano vs. Xande Ribeiro at the 2002 Worlds

Pé de Pano, who also won an ADCC gold medal in 2003, went on to have a 11-fight MMA career.

He debuted in 2005 and retired (apparently) in 2012, with 8 wins and 3 defeats, including a 2-2 record at the UFC from 2005 to 2006.

Xande, who is also a two-time ADCC champion in 2007 and 2009, tried his own MMA career.

In two fights in 2008 and 2009, he ended up undefeated fighting at the now deceased Sengoku event.

After many comings and goings, the two meet agin this Saturday in the second super-match at the 2015 American Nationals.

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