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

Leandro Lo Pereira is one of the top Jiu Jitsu competitors in the lightweight division who often ventures successfully in the middle weight and open weight divisions. A black belt under Cicero Costha, Leandro Lo became an overnight sensation after he defeated Michael Langhi – April 2011 – (who was 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’ 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 (2012, 2013, 2014)
  • 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 (2011, 2013, 2014 – UAEJJ)
  • World League Pro Jiu Jitsu (2010)
  • Brazilian Cup Champion (2008 purple – CBJJE)
  • World Champion (2005 junior blue)
  • 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: 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” 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. In 2007 the world’s biggest organization (CBJJ/IBJJF) shifted its tournament – the Mundial – to the United States seeking world wide recognition. With the change many Brazilian competitors (Leandro included) lost their main tournament as they did not have the means to travel to America. These fighters were left with the considered smaller events such as the World Cup – CBJJE, 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 south Brazilian trials at the “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 became widely recognized as the best lightweight BJJ 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.

Cover picture taken by BJJPix.

Leandro Lo Grappling Record/BJJ Competition Record

Record of Leandro Lo’s competitive record in the main competitions of the jiu jitsu calendar.

Leandro Lo Fight Stats

1 by sub
11 by Points (61%)
3 by Advantages (17%)
0 by Penalties (0%)
3 by Submission (17%)
0 by Decision (0%)
1 by Disqualified (6%)
2 by Cross choke (67%)
Cross choke
1 by Cross choke from mount (33%)
Cross choke from mount
2 by Points (66.67%)
1 by Advantages (33%)
0 by Penalties (0%)
0 by Submission (0%)
0 by Decision (0%)
0 by Disqualified (0%)

Fight History

Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 6x4World ChampionshipAbsoluteRd 42014
Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLAdvPan AmericanAbsoluteFinal2014
Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPointsWorld ChampionshipAbsolute1/4 Final2013
Omar SabaWCross chokeWorld ChampionshipAbsoluteRd22014
KawazoeWPts: 28x0World ChampionshipMedioRounds2014
Tulio RosarioWCross choke from mountWorld ChampionshipMedioRounds2014
Sean RobertsWPts: 6x0World ChampionshipMedioRounds2014
Vitor SilverioWAdvWorld ChampionshipMedio1/4 Final2014
Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWPts: 5x0Pan AmericanMedioSemi final2014
Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWAdvPan AmericanMedioFinal2014
John RobertsWCross chokePan AmericanAbsoluteRd 22014
Fabiano LeiteWPointsPan AmericanAbsoluteRd 32014
Alex TransWPointsPan AmericanAbsoluteSemi final2014
Julian MarquezWDQPan AmericanMedioRd12014
Charles SantosWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanMedio1/4 final2014
UnknownWN/AWorld ChampionshipAbsoluteRounds2013
Luis RosaWN/AWorld ChampionshipAbsoluteRounds2013
Orlando SanchezOrlando SanchezWPts: 6x0World ChampionshipAbsoluteRounds2013
Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoWPts: 6x2World ChampionshipLeve1/4 Final2013
Lucas LepriLucas LepriWAdvWorld ChampionshipLeveSemi Final2013
Michael LanghiMichael LanghiWPts: 2x0World ChampionshipLeveFinal2013

Met team mate in previous round and advanced on gentlemen’s agreement.

Leandro Lo vs Claudevam Martins

Leandro Lo vs Davi Ramos (Atos)

Leandro Lo vs Zak Maxwell (Gracie Humaita)

Leandro Lo vs Michael Langhi (Alliance)

Leandro Lo vs Celso Vinicius (Ryan Gracie)


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