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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 “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 Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Leonardo Gergis F. Leite

Nickname: n/a

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 Fight Stats

1 by sub
11 by Points (85%)
1 by Advantages (8%)
0 by Penalties (0%)
0 by Submission (0%)
1 by Decision (8%)
0 by Disqualified (0%)
2 by Points (33.33%)
0 by Advantages (0%)
0 by Penalties (0%)
4 by Submission (66.67%)
0 by Decision (0%)
0 by Disqualified (0%)
3 by Armbar (75%)
1 by Cross choke (25%)
Cross choke

Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
239Fernando MargaridaFernando MargaridaLPts: 9x2World Champ.AbsoluteSemi f.2000
529Fabricio WerdumFabricio WerdumLPointsWorld Champ.O100kgFinal2003
959Roger GracieRoger GracieLCross chokeWorld Champ.O100kgFinal2008
2206Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLArmbarWorld Champ.O100kgFinal2012
2437Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLArmbarCopa PodioU94kgSuperfight2013
2512Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLArmbarWorld Champ.AbsoluteSemi f.2013
182Mario SperryMario SperryWPts: 4x0World Champ.U100kgFinal1999
261Aurelio FernandesWPointsWorld Champ.O100kgFinal2000
524Ronald BauerWPointsWorld Champ.O100kgRd 12003
525Francisco FernandesFrancisco FernandesWN/AWorld Champ.O100kg1/4 final2003
528Marcio CorletaMarcio CorletaWPts: 4x2World Champ.O100kgSemi f.2003
736Adriano PiresWPointsWorld CupO100kgSemi f.2005
737Gabriel NapaoWPts: 4x0World CupO100kgFinal2005
2197UnknownWN/AWorld Champ.O100kgRd 22012
2202R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.O100kg1/4 final2012
2205Alexander TransAlexander TransWPts: 2x0World Champ.O100kgSemi f.2012
2497Anderson LimaWN/AWorld Champ.AbsoluteRounds2013
2506DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWPointsWorld Champ.AbsoluteRounds2013
2510Andre 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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