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Leonardo Leite

Leonardo Leite, also known as Léo, is possibly the most successful Judoka to have entered the world of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The Brazilian National Judo Team representative is also a BJJ black belt under Alexandre “Gigi” Paiva from the Alliance Rio de Janeiro academy having won 2 world BJJ championships and 3 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu National gold medals. Leo Leite also competed in mixed martial arts (MMA), having debuted in 2013 with a submission victory over Alessandro Macedo.

Leo Leite Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Leonardo Gergis F. Leite

Nickname: Léo, which is a shorter way of saying Leonardo in Portuguese.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Alexandre Paiva Leonardo Leite

Main Titles (Jiu Jitsu):

  • World Champion (1999, 2000)
  • Brazilian National Champion (1996 purple belt, 2000, 2009)
  • World Silver Medallist (2003, 2006, 2008)

Weight Division: Pesadíssimo, over 100kg-221lbs

Favorite Position/Technique: Knee Slide Guard Pass and Relógio Choke

Team/Association: Alliance

Leonardo Leite Biography

Leonardo Leite first entered the world of martial arts through Judo. Leite’s father practiced Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for most of his life, but decided to take him to the “Clube Federal” to practice the Japanese martial art with professor Omar. Leonardo was around 6 years old then. He trained and competed in internal tournaments at the “Clube Federal” but opted to change after a while as the club could not take part in tournaments organized by the National Federation.

Leonardo moved to the Flamengo club, then the AABB in Lagoa (Rio de Janeiro), Gama Filho and Tijuca Tenis Clube. When Leo Leite was 16 years old, his father took him to the Alliance Academy in Rio de Janeiro, where Leo was introduced to the art of submissions by Alexandre Paiva. The knowledge of submissions was a big boost for Leo Leite’s Judo, and his interest in BJJ grew. He decided to compete in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu when he was a blue belt adding success in that field to his already impressive Judo resume.

In 1999 Leite decided to compete in the Mundial, Jiu Jitsu’s most important competition, for the first time. He was a brown belt then and he believed that he would be competing in that division, but his master “Gigi” Paiva had other plans for him, and two weeks before the event he promoted him to black belt. Even though Leonardo did not believe he was ready for such a big challenge his master proved him wrong and Leonardo Leite won the competition, winning in the final against a legend in the sport, Zé Mario Sperry.

Leonardo Leite has been involved with the Judo National Team (Brazil), though he always finds time to compete in BJJ from time to time and to achieve the podium in big tournaments such as the Brazilian Nationals (2009). Leo Leite is also recognized for his former relationship with World Champion female fighter, and TV spokesperson Kyra Gracie.

Leonardo Leite Grappling Record

16 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    11 (69%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    3 (19%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

3 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Submission
33
1
#86e620
Mata leao
33
1
#5AD3D1
Choke
33
1
3
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
10 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    4 (40%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    6 (60%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

6 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
50
3
#86e620
Cross choke
17
1
#5AD3D1
Choke
17
1
#d1212a
Choke from back
17
1
6
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Leonardo Leite Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
291Fernando MargaridaFernando MargaridaLPts: 9x2World Champ.AbsoluteSemi f.2000
649Fabricio WerdumFabricio WerdumLPointsWorld Champ.O100kgFinal2003
1071Gabriel GonzagaLPts: 4x0World Champ.O100kgFinal2006
1478Roger GracieRoger GracieLCross chokeWorld Champ.O100kgFinal2008
2706Thiago GaiaLChokeBrasileiroO100kgSemi f.2012
2991Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLArmbarWorld Champ.O100kgFinal2012
3283Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLArmbarCopa PodioU94kgSuperfight2013
3357Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLArmbarWorld Champ.AbsoluteSemi f.2013
3411Joao RochaJoao RochaLChoke from backWorld Champ.U100kg1/4 Final2013
3423Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLPts: 14x2Copa PodioAbsoluteSuperfight2013
231Mario SperryMario SperryWPts: 4x0World Champ.U100kgFinal1999
313Aurelio FernandesWPointsWorld Champ.O100kgFinal2000
644Ronald BauerWPointsWorld Champ.O100kgRd 12003
645Francisco FernandesFrancisco FernandesWN/AWorld Champ.O100kg1/4 final2003
648Marcio CorletaMarcio CorletaWPts: 4x2World Champ.O100kgSemi f.2003
915Adriano PiresWPointsWorld CupO100kgSemi f.2005
916Gabriel NapaoWPts: 4x0World CupO100kgFinal2005
1067Mauro JorgeWSubmissionWorld Champ.O100kg1/4 final2006
1070Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesWMata leaoWorld Champ.O100kgSemi f.2006
1474Asa FullerWChokeWorld Champ.O100kgRd 12008
2982UnknownWN/AWorld Champ.O100kgRd 22012
2987R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.O100kg1/4 final2012
2990Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0World Champ.O100kgSemi f.2012
3342Anderson LimaWN/AWorld Champ.AbsoluteRounds2013
3351DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWPointsWorld Champ.AbsoluteRounds2013
3355Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoWRefree DecisionWorld Champ.Absolute1/4 Final2013

Leo Leite vs Paulo Ricardo

Leo Leite vs Thiago Ferreira

Leo Leite vs Homklin (Judo)

Leo Leite vs Diosman Jacare (MMA)

 

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