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

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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 to stardom was taken on April 2011, by 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 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:

  • World Champion (2005 junior blue; 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 black)
  • Pan American Champion (2012, 2014, 2015)
  • 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), 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

131 WINS
    81 (62%)
    21 (16%)
    26 (20%)
    2 (2%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (1%)


Cross choke
Choke from back
Cross ck. f/ mount
Brabo choke
Bow and arrow
Toe hold
    7 (35%)
    5 (25%)
    6 (30%)
    2 (10%)
    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
2406Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPts: 4x0Pan American76KGRD12011
2616Kron GracieKron GracieLChoke from backWorld Champ.76KG1/4F2011
2883Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 6x6, AdvPan Am CBJJEABSSF2011
2991Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosLFlying trianglePan AmericanABSRD22012
3131Otavio SousaOtavio SousaDPts: 2x2Copa Podio85KGGP2012
3214Lucas LepriLucas LepriLPointsWorld Pro.76KGSF2012
3278Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoLReferee DecisionBrasileiroABSRD12012
3327Antonio CarlosAntonio CarlosLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.ABSRD22012
3651Augusto MendesAugusto MendesLPts: 9x0NoGi Worlds76KGSF2012
3703Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABSF2012
3846Orlando SanchezOrlando SanchezLReferee DecisionPan AmericanABSRD22013
3917Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPointsPan American82KG1/4F2013
4056Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLPointsWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2013
4375Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLPts: 3x0NoGi Worlds82KGSF2013
4531Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLAdvPan AmericanABSF2014
4760Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backCopa Podio94KGF2014
4806Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLChoke from backWorld Pro.ABS1/4F2014
4877Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 6x4World Champ.ABSRD 42014
5761Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLLapel chokePan AmericanABSF2015
6142Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld ProABSSF2015
6299Bernardo FariaBernardo FariaLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSSF2015
2439Zak MaxwellZak MaxwellWPts: 6x0World Pro.74KG1/4F2011
2441Michael LanghiMichael LanghiWPts: 4x0World Pro.74KGSF2011
2442Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusWAdvWorld Pro.74KGF2011
2468Michael LanghiMichael LanghiWAdvBrasileiro76KGF2011
2532Tatsuya KanekoWArmbarWorld Champ.76KGRDS2011
2538UnknownWPointsWorld Champ.76KGRDS2011
2878Claudio DanielWReferee DecisionPan Am CBJJEABSNA2011
2879R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWBow and arrowPan Am CBJJEABSNA2011
2880Fabiano BoiWPointsPan Am CBJJEABSNA2011
2908Moacir MendesWPts: 2x2, AdvCopa Podio76KGGP2011
2911JT TorresJT TorresD---Copa Podio76KGGP2011
2919Ed RamosWPts: 7x0Copa Podio76KGGP2011
2924Denilson PimentaDenilson PimentaWPts: 12x0Copa Podio76KGGP2011
2926Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoWPts: 5x2Copa Podio76KGSF2011
2928Claudio MattosClaudio MattosWChoke from backCopa Podio76KGF2011
2985Victor SchlosserWPts: 6x6, AdvPan AmericanABSRD12012
3045Italo LinsItalo LinsWPointsPan American76KGRD22012
3052Zak MaxwellZak MaxwellWPts: 13x2Pan American76KG1/4F2012
3054Philipe Della MonicaWPts: 16x0Pan American76KGSF2012
3055Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 2x0Pan American82KGRD12012
3116Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWPts: 2x0Copa Podio85KGGP2012
3119Felipe PreguiçaD---Copa Podio85KGGP2012
3128Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWPts: 3x0Copa Podio85KGGP2012
3133Ricardo BastosWPts: 8x2Copa Podio85KGSF2012
3136Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWPts: 7x0Copa Podio85KGF2012
3208Antonio FariasWPointsWorld Pro.76KGRD22012
3320Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABSRD22012
3433Alessandro FerreiaWPts: 23x0World Champ.76KGRD22012
3439Theodoro CanalTheodoro CanalWPointsWorld Champ.76KGRD32012
3444Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWPts: 21x0World Champ.76KG1/4F2012
3447Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiWPts: 7x2World Champ.76KGSF2012
3448Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KGF2012
3586Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 0x0, AdvPro League82KGF2012
3649Raymond AyallaWPts: 45x0NoGi Worlds76KG1/4F2012
3691Diego HerzogWPts: 4x0NoGi WorldsABSRD12012
3698DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABS1/4F2012
3702Antonio PeinadoAntonio PeinadoWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi WorldsABSSF2012
3736Lucas RochaLucas RochaWChoke from backArizona Open82KGF2013
3738Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWPointsArizona OpenABSF2013
3748Jake ShieldsJake ShieldsD---World ExpoABSSPF2013
3749Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWPts: 15x4Pan Am. CBJJEABSNA2013
3750Rodrigo RibeiroWPointsPan Am. CBJJEABSNA2013
3751Jake MackenzieJake MackenzieWPointsPan Am. CBJJEABSNA2013
3831Bernardo FilhoWCross ck. f/ mountPan AmericanABSRD12013
3913Sean RobertsWCross ck. f/ mountPan American82KGRD22013
3971Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiWPointsWorld Pro76KGSF2013
3972Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro76KGF2013
3984Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPointsCopa Podio82KGSPF2013
4038Luis RosaWN/AWorld Champ.ABSRDS2013
4050Orlando SanchezOrlando SanchezWPts: 6x0World Champ.ABSRDS2013
4088Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoWPts: 6x2World Champ.76KG1/4F2013
4091Lucas LepriLucas LepriWAdvWorld Champ.76KGSF2013
4092Michael LanghiMichael LanghiWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KGF2013
4134Diego BorgesWAdvCopa Podio76KGGP2013
4138Brandon MaganaWPts: 18x0Copa Podio76KGGP2013
4145Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 13x0Copa Podio76KGGP2013
4150Juan KamezawaJuan KamezawaWPts: 10x0Copa Podio76KGGP2013
4152DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWPts: 6x2Copa Podio76KGSF2013
4154Diego BorgesWAdvCopa Podio76KGF2013
4156Leandro BrassolotoWBow and arrowBrasileiro CBJJE76KGNA2013
4157Rodrigo RibeiroWArmbarBrasileiro CBJJE76KGNA2013
4158Cassio FrancisWPointsBrasileiro CBJJE76KGNA2013
4165Juarez HarlesWKimuraMundial CBJJE82KG1/4F2013
4166Alan FinfouAlan FinfouWPts: 2x0Mundial CBJJE82KGSF2013
4167Diogo AlmeidaWPts: 12x0Mundial CBJJE82KGF2013
4173Diogo AlmeidaWPointsMundial CBJJEABS1/4F2013
4174Leandro BrassolotoWCross chokeMundial CBJJEABSSF2013
4201Augusto VieiraWN/ARio Open82KGSF2013
4203Alan FinfouAlan FinfouWArmbarRio Open82KGF2013
4206UnknownWPointsRio OpenABS1/4F2013
4207Felipe PenaFelipe PenaWPts: 0x0, AdvRio OpenABSSF2013
4209Joao RochaJoao RochaWPts: 0x0, AdvRio OpenABSF2013
4387James PuopoloJames PuopoloWAdvNoGi WorldsABSSF2013
4512John RobertsWCross chokePan AmericanABSRD22014
4520Fabiano LeiteWPointsPan AmericanABSRD32014
4527Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWPointsPan AmericanABS1/4F2014
4529Alexander TransAlexander TransWPointsPan AmericanABSSF2014
4575Julian MarquezWDQPan American82KGRD12014
4582Charles SantosWPts: 4x2Pan American82KG1/4F2014
4585Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWPts: 5x0Pan American82KGSF2014
4586Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWAdvPan American82KGF2014
4745Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWPts: 4x0Copa Podio94KGGP2014
4748Faisal AlkibteWPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio94KGGP2014
4751Alan BelcherAlan BelcherWChoke from backCopa Podio94KGGP2014
4756Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraD---Copa Podio94KGGP2014
4757Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaWPts: 6x4Copa Podio94KGSF2014
4763Hamzeh RasheedWArmbarCopa Podio77KGGP2014
4768S. FranceschiniWCross chokeCopa Podio77KGGP2014
4772Gregor GracieGregor GracieWPts: 8x2Copa Podio77KGGP2014
4778Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 8x0Copa Podio77KGSF2014
4781Gregor GracieGregor GracieWArmbarCopa Podio77KGF2014
4789Luke CostelloWPointsWorld Pro.ABSRD12014
4798Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoWPts: 14x0World Pro.ABSRD22014
4803Nivaldo OliveiraNivaldo OliveiraWPts: 9x0World Pro.ABSRD32014
4821Luca AnacoretaWPts: 4x0World Pro.82KG1/4F2014
4823Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPointsWorld Pro.82KGSF2014
4825Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWReferee DecisionWorld Pro.82KGF2014
4864Omar SabaWCross chokeWorld Champ.ABSRD22014
4965KawazoeWPts: 28x0World Champ.82KGRDS2014
4972Tulio RosarioWCross ck. f/ mountWorld Champ.82KGRDS2014
4975Sean RobertsWPts: 6x0World Champ.82KGRDS2014
4977Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWAdvWorld Champ.82KG1/4F2014
4982Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWPts: 7x2World Champ.82KGSF2014
4983Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 9x6World Champ.82KGF2014
5075Caio AlmeidaWCross chokeMundial CBJJEABSSF2014
5076Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 4x2Mundial CBJJEABSF2014
5239Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 6x2NYC Pro94KGF2014
5299Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWCross chokeCopa Podio82KGSPF2014
5406L. ValleWPts: 10x0The Team76KGRR2014
5747Yuto HiraoWBrabo chokePan AmericanABSRD22015
5753James PuopoloJames PuopoloWPts: 13x0Pan AmericanABSRD32015
5757Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesWPts: 4x2Pan AmericanABS1/4F2015
5760Leo NogueiraLeo NogueiraWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABSSF2015
5820Cris AtkinsWBrabo chokePan American82KGRD22015
5823Bruno AntunesWPts: 13x0Pan American82KGRD32015
5829Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWCross chokePan American82KG1/4F2015
5833Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWPts: 4x2Pan American82KGSF2015
5835Otavio SousaOtavio SousaWPts: 5x2Pan American82KGF2015
6068Max CarvalhoWPts: 6x0World Pro85KGRD12015
6073Igor BasilioWCross chokeWorld Pro85KGRD22015
6078Felipe SagatWToe holdWorld Pro85KG1/4F2015
6079AJ SousaAJ SousaWPointsWorld Pro85KGSF2015
6082Victor EstimaVictor EstimaWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro85KGF2015
6130Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWPts: 4x2World ProABSRD22015
6135Felipe BuenoWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld ProABSRD22015
6139Max CarvalhoWPts: 3x0World ProABS1/4F2015
6143Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 4x2World ProABS3RD2015
6239Sergio MoraesSergio MoraesWPts: 6x0Copa PodioABSSPF2015
6295Tarcísio JardimWPts: 9x4World Champ.ABS1/8F2015
6297Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusWPts: 8x6World Champ.ABS1/4F2015
6382Matheus DinizMatheus DinizWPts: 4x0World Champ.88KG1/4F2015
6387Renato CardosoRenato CardosoWPts: 15x2World Champ.88KGSF2015
6388Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 7x0World Champ.88KGF2015
6820Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPts: 0x0, AdvSanta Cruz Pro82KGSF2015
6821Julian MarquezWCross chokeSanta Cruz Pro82KGF2015

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