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Leandro Lo is one of the top Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors of his generation. A natural lightweight athlete (76kg/168lbs), Leandro ventured in various weight classes to test his technique, including at the highest stage of jiu jitsu – the World Championship – where he earned titles in 3 different weight categories (light, middle and medium heavyweight). A black belt under Cicero Costha, Leandro Lo’s first step towards grappling stardom was taken on April 2011, by defeating Michael Langhi (who had been unbeaten for 3 years) on his way to the top of the podium of the Abu Dhabi World Pro Championship. Since his victory in the Middle East, Leandro Lo cemented himself as one of the best “Pound for Pound” grapplers around, with repeated wins at the World Championships, the prestigious Copa Pódio and Pan American Championships.

Leandro Lo Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Leandro Lo Pereira do Nascimento

Nickname: n/a

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos GracieHelio GracieRickson GracieMarcelo BehringWaldomiro PerezRoberto GodoiMarco Barbosa > Cicero Costha > Leandro Lo

Main Achievements:

  • IBJJF World Champion (2005 junior blue; 201/2013/2014/2015/2016)
  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2012/2014/2015/2016)
  • CBJJ razilian National Champion (2009/2010 brown, 2011/2012)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National No-Gi Champion (2011, 2012 weight + absolute)
  • Copa Podio Lightweight GP Champion (2011/2013/2014/2016)
  • Copa Podio Middleweight GP Champion (2012/2016)
  • Copa Podio Heavyweight GP Champion (2016)
  • IBJJ Rio International Open Champion (2011)
  • UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro Champion (2011/2013/2014/2015)
  • World League Pro Jiu Jitsu Champion (2010)
  • CBJJE Brazilian Cup Champion (2008 purple)
  • Copa Podio Heavyweight GP Runner-up (2014)
  • IBJJF World Championship Runner-up (2006 junior blue)
  • IBJJF World No Gi Championship Runner-up (2012 absolute)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship Runner-up (2016/2014 absolute)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National Championship Runner-up (2008 purple)

Weight Division: Peso Leve (76kg-167lbs), Médio (82kg/181lbs), Meio Pesado (88kg/194lbs)

Favourite Position/Technique: Spider Guard, Toreando Guard Pass

Association/Team: Jiu Jitsu New School Brotherhood (formerly PSLPB)

Leandro Lo Biography

Leandro Lo was born on the 11th of May, 1989 on the east side of São Paulo – Brazil. He started practising Jiu Jitsu through the Projecto Social Lutando Pelo Bem (PSLPB) a social project for underprivileged children in 2004, a project led by Cicero Costha.

Leandro was a natural athlete and won many important titles as a junior, such as the Mundial in 2005, medalling again in 2006. Known as a spider guard /triangle type of grappler, when he was a purple belt, Lo’s game would change due to an injury suffered when he was a purple belt, which kept him away from competitions for few months. Not having the pressure to perform every weekend, it was during his “competition free” phase that Lo started working on his top game, a game for which he would become known during his black belt heyday.

In 2007 the world’s biggest organization (CBJJ/IBJJF) moved its most important tournament, the Mundial, to the United States seeking world wide recognition. With the change many Brazilian competitors (Leandro included) lost their window, the best way to showcase their skills to a wider audience, as they did not have the means to travel to America. These grapplers were left with smaller events, most of which were won by Lo.

It was on April 14th of 2011 that Leandro finally turned a few heads his way. After winning the trials in the south of Brazil (Gramado), Lo went on to defeat two legends in the tournament’s final stage, Celso Vinicius and Michael Langhi. Langhi was widely considered the best lightweight in the world, and hadn’t lost a competition in 3 years. In 2012 Leandro Lo settled his name as the best lightweight competitor in the world, after wins at the Mundial (World Championship) the Pan American and the Brazilian Nationals. Leandro also established himself as force to be reckoned with in the open weight divisions with a win at the Brazilian No Gi Nationals and a second place at the No Gi World Championship.

After winning all the main competitions at lightweight, Leandro Lo went up a weight division. Fighting at middleweight did not faze his performance as he kept winning all the top grappling competitions with and without the gi.

On late September, 2015. Leandro Lo and a few of his team mates severed their bonds with the PSLPB team, moving on to form their own academy, led by Lo. Jiu Jitsu New School Brotherhood was the name for the new team.  Among the most significant athletes who left with Leandro, were: Luiza Monteiro, Helio Dias, Gustavo “Braguinha”, Ygor Schneider, Anderson Lira and Wellington Luís.

Cover picture taken by BJJPix.

Leandro Lo Grappling Record

184 WINS
    119 (65%)
    24 (13%)
    37 (20%)
    3 (2%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (1%)


Cross choke
Bow and arrow
Choke from back
Cross ck. f/ mount
Toe hold
Brabo choke
Lapel choke
    7 (32%)
    6 (27%)
    7 (32%)
    2 (9%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Choke from back
Flying triangle
Lapel choke
Arm in ezekiel

Leandro Lo Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
2792Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPts: 4x0Pan American76KGR12011
3019Kron GracieKron GracieLChoke from backWorld Champ.76KG1/4F2011
3290Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 6x6, AdvPan Am CBJJEABSSF2011
3430Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosLFlying trianglePan AmericanABSR22012
3570Otavio SousaOtavio SousaDPts: 2x2Copa Podio85KGGP2012
3658Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPointsWorld Pro.76KGSF2012
3722Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoLReferee DecisionBrasileiroABSR12012
3774Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.ABSR22012
4100Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPts: 9x0NoGi Worlds76KGSF2012
4152Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABSF2012
4339Orlando SanchezOrlando SanchezLReferee DecisionPan AmericanABSR22013
4410Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPointsPan American82KG1/4F2013
4562Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPointsWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2013
4910Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPts: 3x0NoGi Worlds82KGSF2013
5086Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLAdvPan AmericanABSF2014
5334Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backCopa Podio94KGF2014
5382Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backWorld Pro.ABS1/4F2014
5461Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 6x4World Champ.ABSRD 42014
6420Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLLapel chokePan AmericanABSF2015
6818Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ProABSSF2015
7000Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSSF2015
8839Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLArm in ezekielPan AmericanABSF2016
8978Victor HonorioVictor HonorioLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProABS1/8F2016
2825Zak MaxwellZak MaxwellWPts: 6x0World Pro.74KG1/4F2011
2827Michael LanghiMichael LanghiWPts: 4x0World Pro.74KGSF2011
2828Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusWAdvWorld Pro.74KGF2011
2868JT TorresJT TorresWPointsBrasileiro76KG1/4F2011
2870Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWPointsBrasileiro76KGSF2011
2871Michael LanghiMichael LanghiWAdvBrasileiro76KGF2011
2935Tatsuya KanekoWArmbarWorld Champ.76KGRDS2011
2941UnknownWPointsWorld Champ.76KGRDS2011
3285Claudio DanielWReferee DecisionPan Am CBJJEABSNA2011
3286R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWBow and arrowPan Am CBJJEABSNA2011
3287Fabiano BoiWPointsPan Am CBJJEABSNA2011
3315Moacir MendesWPts: 2x2, AdvCopa Podio76KGGP2011
3318JT TorresJT TorresD---Copa Podio76KGGP2011
3326Ed RamosWPts: 7x0Copa Podio76KGGP2011
3331Denilson PimentaDenilson PimentaWPts: 12x0Copa Podio76KGGP2011
3333Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoWPts: 5x2Copa Podio76KGSF2011
3335Claudio MattosClaudio MattosWChoke from backCopa Podio76KGF2011
3338Claudevam MartinsWPts: 45x0Amazon Meeting76KGSF2011
3339Antônio CarlosWBow and arrowAmazon Meeting76KGF2011
3341Antonio CrivelariWPts: 2x0Brasileiro NoGi73KG1/4F2011
3342Tiago BravoTiago BravoWPts: 8x2Brasileiro NoGi73KGSF2011
3344Theodoro CanalTheodoro CanalWPts: 10x0Brasileiro NoGi73KGF2011
3347Rodrigo MartinsWChoke from backInt. de Jiu-Jitsu76KG1/4F2011
3348IvanWPts: 13x0Int. de Jiu-Jitsu76KGSF2011
3349Eduardo SilvaWLapel chokeInt. de Jiu-Jitsu76KGF2011
3350Luiz SuppWCross chokeBrasil Sul CupABS1/4F2012
3351Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWPts: 2x0Brasil Sul CupABSSF2012
3352Ricardo BastosWPts: 2x0Brasil Sul CupABSF2012
3424Victor SchlosserWPts: 6x6, AdvPan AmericanABSR12012
3484Italo LinsItalo LinsWPointsPan American76KGR22012
3491Zak MaxwellZak MaxwellWPts: 13x2Pan American76KG1/4F2012
3493Philipe Della MonicaWPts: 16x0Pan American76KGSF2012
3494Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 2x0Pan American82KGR12012
3555Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWPts: 2x0Copa Podio85KGGP2012
3558Felipe PreguiçaD---Copa Podio85KGGP2012
3567Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWPts: 3x0Copa Podio85KGGP2012
3572Ricardo BastosWPts: 8x2Copa Podio85KGSF2012
3575Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWPts: 7x0Copa Podio85KGF2012
3652Antonio FariasWPointsWorld Pro.76KGR22012
3767Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABSR22012
3881Alessandro FerreiaWPts: 23x0World Champ.76KGR22012
3887Theodoro CanalTheodoro CanalWPointsWorld Champ.76KGR32012
3892Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWPts: 21x0World Champ.76KG1/4F2012
3895Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiWPts: 7x2World Champ.76KGSF2012
3896Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KGF2012
4035Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 0x0, AdvIBJJF Pro League82KGF2012
4098Raymond AyallaWPts: 45x0NoGi Worlds76KG1/4F2012
4140Diego HerzogWPts: 4x0NoGi WorldsABSR12012
4147DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABS1/4F2012
4151Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABSSF2012
4201Lucas RochaLucas RochaWChoke from backArizona Open82KGF2013
4203Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWPointsArizona OpenABSF2013
4213Jake ShieldsJake ShieldsD---World ExpoABSSPF2013
4214Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWPts: 15x4Pan Am. CBJJEABSNA2013
4215Rodrigo RibeiroWPointsPan Am. CBJJEABSNA2013
4216Jake MackenzieJake MackenzieWPointsPan Am. CBJJEABSNA2013
4234Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWPts: 5x2Copa PodioABSSPF2013
4236Felipe PreguiçaWPts: 3x2Copa PodioABSSPF2013
4324Bernardo FilhoWCross ck. f/ mountPan AmericanABSR12013
4406Sean RobertsWCross ck. f/ mountPan American82KGR22013
4467Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiWPointsWorld Pro76KGSF2013
4468Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro76KGF2013
4490Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPointsCopa Podio82KGSPF2013
4544Luis RosaWN/AWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4556Orlando SanchezOrlando SanchezWPts: 6x0World Champ.ABSRDS2013
4594Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoWPts: 6x2World Champ.76KG1/4F2013
4597Lucas LepriLucas LepriWAdvWorld Champ.76KGSF2013
4598Michael LanghiMichael LanghiWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KGF2013
4655Diego BorgesDiego BorgesWAdvCopa Podio76KGGP2013
4659Brandon MaganaWPts: 18x0Copa Podio76KGGP2013
4666Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 13x0Copa Podio76KGGP2013
4671Juan KamezawaJuan KamezawaWPts: 10x0Copa Podio76KGGP2013
4673DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWPts: 6x2Copa Podio76KGSF2013
4675Diego BorgesDiego BorgesWAdvCopa Podio76KGF2013
4681Leandro BrassolotoWBow and arrowBrasileiro CBJJEABSNA2013
4682Rodrigo RibeiroWArmbarBrasileiro CBJJEABSNA2013
4684Cassio FrancisCassio FrancisWPointsBrasileiro CBJJEABSNA2013
4691Juarez HarlesWKimuraMundial CBJJE82KG1/4F2013
4692Alan FinfouAlan FinfouWPts: 2x0Mundial CBJJE82KGSF2013
4693Diogo AlmeidaDiogo AlmeidaWPts: 12x0Mundial CBJJE82KGF2013
4699Diogo AlmeidaDiogo AlmeidaWPointsMundial CBJJEABS1/4F2013
4700Leandro BrassolotoWCross chokeMundial CBJJEABSSF2013
4727Augusto VieiraWN/ARio Open82KGSF2013
4729Alan FinfouAlan FinfouWArmbarRio Open82KGF2013
4732UnknownWPointsRio OpenABS1/4F2013
4733Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWPts: 0x0, AdvRio OpenABSSF2013
4735Joao RochaJoao RochaWPts: 0x0, AdvRio OpenABSF2013
4922James PuopoloJames PuopoloWAdvNoGi WorldsABSSF2013
5067John RobertsWCross chokePan AmericanABSR22014
5075Fabiano LeiteWPointsPan AmericanABSR32014
5082Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWPointsPan AmericanABS1/4F2014
5084Alexander TransAlexander TransWPointsPan AmericanABSSF2014
5130Julian MarquezWDQPan American82KGR12014
5137Charles SantosWPts: 4x2Pan American82KG1/4F2014
5140Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWPts: 5x0Pan American82KGSF2014
5141Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWAdvPan American82KGF2014
5319Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWPts: 4x0Copa Podio94KGGP2014
5322Faisal KitbeWPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio94KGGP2014
5325Alan BelcherAlan BelcherWChoke from backCopa Podio94KGGP2014
5330Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraD---Copa Podio94KGGP2014
5331Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWPts: 6x4Copa Podio94KGSF2014
5337Hamzeh RasheedWArmbarCopa Podio77KGGP2014
5343S. FranceschiniWCross chokeCopa Podio77KGGP2014
5347Gregor GracieGregor GracieWPts: 8x2Copa Podio77KGGP2014
5353Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 8x0Copa Podio77KGSF2014
5356Gregor GracieGregor GracieWArmbarCopa Podio77KGF2014
5365Luke CostelloWPointsWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5374Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoWPts: 14x0World Pro.ABSR22014
5379Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWPts: 9x0World Pro.ABSR32014
5398Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWPts: 4x0World Pro.82KG1/4F2014
5400Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPointsWorld Pro.82KGSF2014
5402Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWReferee DecisionWorld Pro.82KGF2014
5448Omar SabaWCross chokeWorld Champ.ABSR22014
5549KawazoeWPts: 28x0World Champ.82KGRDS2014
5556Tulio RosarioWCross ck. f/ mountWorld Champ.82KGRDS2014
5559Sean RobertsWPts: 6x0World Champ.82KGRDS2014
5561Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWAdvWorld Champ.82KG1/4F2014
5566Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWPts: 7x2World Champ.82KGSF2014
5567Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 9x6World Champ.82KGF2014
5667Caio AlmeidaWCross chokeMundial CBJJEABSSF2014
5668Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 4x2Mundial CBJJEABSF2014
5841Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 6x2NYC Pro94KGF2014
5909Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWCross chokeCopa Podio82KGSPF2014
6024L. ValleWPts: 10x0The Team76KGRR2014
6039Takahiro KandaWPts: 21x0All Japan NoGi88KGF2014
6040Ryo ChonanWPts: 4x0All Japan NoGiABSF2014
6041Ichitaro TsukadaWCross chokeAll JapanABSF2014
6406Yuto HiraoWBrabo chokePan AmericanABSR22015
6412James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 13x0Pan AmericanABSR32015
6416Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABS1/4F2015
6419Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABSSF2015
6477Cris AtkinsWBrabo chokePan American82KGR22015
6480Bruno AntunesWPts: 13x0Pan American82KGR32015
6486Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWCross chokePan American82KG1/4F2015
6490Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWPts: 4x2Pan American82KGSF2015
6492Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 5x2Pan American82KGF2015
6740Max CarvalhoWPts: 6x0World Pro85KGR12015
6745Igor BasilioWCross chokeWorld Pro85KGR22015
6750Felipe SagatWToe holdWorld Pro85KG1/4F2015
6751AJ SousaAJ SousaWPointsWorld Pro85KGSF2015
6754Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro85KGF2015
6806Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 4x2World ProABSR22015
6811Felipe BuenoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProABSR22015
6815Max CarvalhoWPts: 3x0World ProABS1/4F2015
6819Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 4x2World ProABS3RD2015
6933Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesWPts: 6x0Copa PodioABSSPF2015
6996Tarcísio JardimWPts: 9x4World Champ.ABS1/8F2015
6998Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 8x6World Champ.ABS1/4F2015
7083Matheus DinizMatheus DinizWPts: 4x0World Champ.88KG1/4F2015
7088Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWPts: 15x2World Champ.88KGSF2015
7089Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 7x0World Champ.88KGF2015
7574Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPts: 0x0, AdvSanta Cruz Pro82KGSF2015
7575Julian MarquezWCross chokeSanta Cruz Pro82KGF2015
8356Davi RamosDavi RamosWPts: 6x2Copa Podio77KGGP2016
8360AJ SousaAJ SousaWPts: 13x0Copa Podio77KGGP2016
8364Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 2x2, AdvCopa Podio77KGGP2016
8367Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 7x0Copa Podio77KGGP2016
8371Dillon DanisDillon DanisWPts: 2x0Copa Podio77KGSF2016
8373Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 2x0Copa Podio77KGF2016
8759Alessandro SilvaWBow and arrowPan American88KG1/8F2016
8766Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWPts: 12x6Pan American88KG1/4F2016
8769Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWToe holdPan American88KGSF2016
8770Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWPts: 2x0Pan American88KGF2016
8818Dany GerardDany GerardWCross chokePan AmericanABSR22016
8830Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoWPts: 3x0Pan AmericanABS1/8F2016
8838Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABSSF2016
8971K. DzieniszewskiWArmbarWorld ProABS1/8F2016
9059Lucas RegoWChokeWorld Pro85KG1/8F2016
9062Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioWPts: 4x2World Pro85KG1/4F2016
9066Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWPts: 2x0World Pro85KGSF2016
9068Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWReferee DecisionWorld Pro85KGF2016
9440Charles NegromonteWPts: 8x0World Champ.88KG1/8F2016
9443Matheus DinizMatheus DinizWPts: 7x0World Champ.88KG1/4F2016
9448Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 4x2World Champ.88KGSF2016
9449Romulo BarralRomulo BarralWPts: 5x0World Champ.88KGF2016
9493Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeWPts: 11x0World Champ.ABSR22016
9508Gustavo EliasWPts: 7x0World Champ.ABS1/8F2016
9514Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS1/4F2016
9564Nicholas MeregaliWPts: 4x2Copa Podio86KGGP2016
9569Dillon DanisDillon DanisWPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio86KGGP2016
9575Max GimenisMax GimenisWPts: 2x0Copa Podio86KGGP2016
9580Diego BorgesDiego BorgesWPts: 2x0Copa Podio86KGSF2016
9585Erberth SantosErberth SantosWPts: 6x0Copa Podio86KGF2016
10061I. BahienseWPts: 2x0Copa Podio105KGRR2016
10065Cassio FrancisCassio FrancisWToe holdCopa Podio105KGRR2016
10074F. TrovoWPts: 8x0Copa Podio105KGRR2016
10078Nelton PontesWPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio105KGSF2016
10079Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0Copa Podio105KGF2016

Leandro Lo vs Claudevam Martins

Leandro Lo vs Davi Ramos

Leandro Lo vs Keenan Cornelius

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