Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Team History, Fighter Stats, Biographies and News

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Leandro Lo Pereira is one of the top jiu jitsu competitors in the lightweight (-76kg) and middleweight divisions (-82kg), often successfully venturing in the open weight division of the sport. A black belt under Cicero Costha, Leandro Lo became an overnight sensation on April 2011 after defeating Michael Langhi (who had been unbeaten for 3 years) on his way to the top spot of the World Pro Cup in Abu Dhabi. Since the win in the Middle East, Leandro Lo has cemented himself as one of the best “Pound for Pound” competitors in jiu jitsu with 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: “Lo” – contrary to common belief, Lo is not a nickname, but rather one of his 3 family names (Brazilians, much like the Portuguese usually have long names).

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

Main Achievements:

  • World Champion (2005 junior blue; 2012, 2013, 2014 black)
  • Pan American Champion (2012, 2014)
  • Brazilian National Champion (2009 & 2010 brown, 2011, 2012)
  • Brazilian National No Gi Champion (2012 weight & absolute)
  • Copa Podio GP Champion (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Brazilian National Nogi Champion (2011, 2012 weight & absolute)
  • Rio Open Champion (2011)
  • World Jiu Jitsu Pro Champion – UAEJJ (2011, 2013, 2014, 2015)
  • World League Pro Jiu Jitsu (2010)
  • Brazilian Cup Champion (2008 purple – CBJJE)
  • World Silver Medallist (2006 junior blue)
  • World No Gi Silver Medallist (2012 absolute)
  • Brazilian National Silver Medallist (2008 purple)

Weight Division: Peso Leve (76kg-167lbs) or Médio (82kg/181lbs)

Favourite Position/Technique: Spider Guard, Toreada Guard Pass

Association/Team: PSLPB Cicero Costha

Leandro Lo Pereira Biography

Leandro Lo do Nascimento was born on the 11th of May, 1989 on the east side of São Paulo – Brazil. He started practising Jiu Jitsu through the Lutando Pelo Bem 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 Leandro was a purple belt he suffered and injury that kept him away from competition 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 fighters were left with the considered smaller events such as the CBJJE World Championship, the World League Pro Jiu Jitsu and the World Pro Cup all of which were won by Leandro 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.

Cover picture taken by BJJPix.

Leandro Lo Grappling Record

107 WINS
    62 (58%)
    19 (18%)
    23 (21%)
    2 (2%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (1%)


Cross choke
Cross ck. f/ mount
Bow and arrow
Brabo choke
Choke from back
Toe hold
    7 (37%)
    5 (26%)
    5 (26%)
    2 (11%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Choke from back
Flying triangle
Lapel choke

Leandro Lo Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
2163Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPts: 4x0Pan American76KGRD12011
2354Kron GracieKron GracieLChoke from backWorld Champ.76KG1/4F2011
2608Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 6x6, AdvPan Am CBJJEABSSF2011
2683Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosLFlying trianglePan AmericanABSRD22012
2835Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPointsWorld Pro.76KGSF2012
2899Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoLReferee DecisionBrasileiroABSRD12012
2948Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.ABSRD22012
3249Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPts: 9x0NoGi Worlds76KGSF2012
3265Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABSF2012
3362Orlando SanchezOrlando SanchezLReferee DecisionPan AmericanABSRD22013
3433Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPointsPan American82KG1/4F2013
3577Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPointsWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2013
3869Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPts: 3x0NoGi Worlds82KGSF2013
3997Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLAdvPan AmericanABSF2014
4199Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backCopa Podio94KGF2014
4234Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backWorld Pro.ABS1/4F2014
4279Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 6x4World Champ.ABSRD 42014
5109Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLLapel chokePan AmericanABSF2015
5487Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ProABSSF2015
2178Zak MaxwellZak MaxwellWPts: 6x0World Pro.74KG1/4F2011
2180Michael LanghiMichael LanghiWPts: 4x0World Pro.74KGSF2011
2181Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusWAdvWorld Pro.74KGF2011
2205Michael LanghiMichael LanghiWAdvBrasileiro76KGF2011
2269Tatsuya KanekoWArmbarWorld Champ.76KGRDS2011
2275UnknownWPointsWorld Champ.76KGRDS2011
2603Claudio DanielWReferee DecisionPan Am CBJJEABSNA2011
2604R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWBow and arrowPan Am CBJJEABSNA2011
2605Fabiano BoiWPointsPan Am CBJJEABSNA2011
2677Victor SchlosserWPts: 6x6, AdvPan AmericanABSRD12012
2735Italo LinsItalo LinsWPointsPan American76KGRD22012
2742Zak MaxwellZak MaxwellWPts: 13x2Pan American76KG1/4F2012
2744Philipe Della MonicaWPts: 16x0Pan American76KGSF2012
2745Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 2x0Pan American82KGRD12012
2829Antonio FariasWPointsWorld Pro.76KGRD22012
2941Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABSRD22012
3053Alessandro FerreiaWPts: 23x0World Champ.76KGRD22012
3059Theodoro CanalTheodoro CanalWPointsWorld Champ.76KGRD32012
3064Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWPts: 21x0World Champ.76KG1/4F2012
3067Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiWPts: 7x2World Champ.76KGSF2012
3068Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KGF2012
3204Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 0x0, AdvPro League82KGF2012
3260Diego HerzogWPointsNoGi WorldsABSRD12012
3262DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABS1/4F2012
3264Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABSSF2012
3288Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWPts: 15x4Pan Am. CBJJEABSNA2013
3289Rodrigo RibeiroWPointsPan Am. CBJJEABSNA2013
3290Jake MackenzieJake MackenzieWPointsPan Am. CBJJEABSNA2013
3347Bernardo FilhoWCross ck. f/ mountPan AmericanABSRD12013
3429Sean RobertsWCross ck. f/ mountPan American82KGRD22013
3492Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiWPointsWorld Pro76KGSF2013
3493Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro76KGF2013
3505Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPointsCopa Podio82KGSUPERF2013
3559Luis RosaWN/AWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
3571Orlando SanchezOrlando SanchezWPts: 6x0World Champ.ABSRDS2013
3608Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoWPts: 6x2World Champ.76KG1/4F2013
3611Lucas LepriLucas LepriWAdvWorld Champ.76KGSF2013
3612Michael LanghiMichael LanghiWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KGF2013
3654Diego BorgesWAdvCopa Podio76KGGP2013
3658Brandon MaganaWPts: 18x0Copa Podio76KGGP2013
3665Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 13x0Copa Podio76KGGP2013
3670Juan KamezawaJuan KamezawaWPts: 10x0Copa Podio76KGGP2013
3672DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWPts: 6x2Copa Podio76KGSF2013
3674Diego BorgesWAdvCopa Podio76KGF2013
3676Leandro BrassolotoWBow and arrowBrasileiro CBJJE76KGNA2013
3677Rodrigo RibeiroWArmbarBrasileiro CBJJE76KGNA2013
3678Cassio FrancisWPointsBrasileiro CBJJE76KGNA2013
3684Juarez HarlesWKimuraMundial CBJJE82KG1/4F2013
3685Alan FinfouAlan FinfouWPts: 2x0Mundial CBJJE82KGSF2013
3686Diogo AlmeidaWPts: 12x0Mundial CBJJE82KGF2013
3692Diogo AlmeidaWPointsMundial CBJJEABS1/4F2013
3693Leandro BrassolotoWCross chokeMundial CBJJEABSSF2013
3716Augusto VieiraWN/ARio Open82KGSF2013
3718Alan FinfouAlan FinfouWArmbarRio Open82KGF2013
3721UnknownWPointsRio OpenABS1/4F2013
3722Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWPts: 0x0, AdvRio OpenABSSF2013
3724Joao RochaJoao RochaWPts: 0x0, AdvRio OpenABSF2013
3881James PuopoloJames PuopoloWAdvNoGi WorldsABSSF2013
3978John RobertsWCross chokePan AmericanABSRD22014
3986Fabiano LeiteWPointsPan AmericanABSRD32014
3993Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWPointsPan AmericanABS1/4F2014
3995Alexander TransAlexander TransWPointsPan AmericanABSSF2014
4041Julian MarquezWDQPan American82KGRD12014
4048Charles SantosWPts: 4x2Pan American82KG1/4F2014
4051Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWPts: 5x0Pan American82KGSF2014
4052Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWAdvPan American82KGF2014
4184Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWPts: 4x0Copa Podio94KGGP2014
4187Faisal AlkibteWPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio94KGGP2014
4190Alan BelcherAlan BelcherWChoke from backCopa Podio94KGGP2014
4195Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraD---Copa Podio94KGGP2014
4196Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWPts: 6x4Copa Podio94KGSF2014
4202Hamzeh RasheedWArmbarCopa Podio77KGGP2014
4207Simone FranceschiniWCross chokeCopa Podio77KGGP2014
4211Gregor GracieGregor GracieWPts: 8x2Copa Podio77KGGP2014
4217Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 8x0Copa Podio77KGSF2014
4220Gregor GracieGregor GracieWArmbarCopa Podio77KGF2014
4226Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWPts: 9x0World Pro.ABSRD12014
4243Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWReferee DecisionWorld Pro.82KGF2014
4266Omar SabaWCross chokeWorld Champ.ABSRD22014
4367KawazoeWPts: 28x0World Champ.82KGRDS2014
4374Tulio RosarioWCross ck. f/ mountWorld Champ.82KGRDS2014
4377Sean RobertsWPts: 6x0World Champ.82KGRDS2014
4379Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWAdvWorld Champ.82KG1/4F2014
4384Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWPts: 7x2World Champ.82KGSF2014
4385Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 9x6World Champ.82KGF2014
4465Caio AlmeidaWCross chokeMundial CBJJEABSSF2014
4466Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 4x2Mundial CBJJEABSF2014
4617Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 6x2NYC Pro94KGF2014
4665Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWCross chokeCopa Podio82KGSUPERF2014
5095Yuto HiraoWBrabo chokePan AmericanABSRD22015
5101James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 13x0Pan AmericanABSRD32015
5105Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABS1/4F2015
5108Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABSSF2015
5169Cris AtkinsWBrabo chokePan American82KGRD22015
5172Bruno AntunesWPts: 13x0Pan American82KGRD32015
5178Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWCross chokePan American82KG1/4F2015
5182Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWPts: 4x2Pan American82KGSF2015
5184Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 5x2Pan American82KGF2015
5414Max CarvalhoWPts: 6x0World Pro85KGRD12015
5418Igor BasilioWCross chokeWorld Pro85KGRD22015
5423Felipe SagatWToe holdWorld Pro85KG1/4F2015
5424AJ SousaWPointsWorld Pro85KGSF2015
5427Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro85KGF2015
5475Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 4x2World ProABSRD22015
5480Felipe BuenoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProABSRD22015
5484Max CarvalhoWPts: 3x0World ProABS1/4F2015
5488Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 4x2World ProABS3RD2015
5561Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesWPts: 6x0Copa PodioABSSUPERF2015

Leandro Lo vs Claudevam Martins

Leandro Lo vs Davi Ramos

Leandro Lo vs Keenan Cornelius

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