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Leonardo Vieira, also known as Leozinho or simply Leo Vieira, is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Romero Cavalcanti, being famous for combining one of the most eye pleasing games in BJJ with an amazing track record. Leo Vieira was also the co-founder of important teams such as Brasa Clube de Jiu Jitsu and Checkmat BJJ, becoming in the process one of grappling’s most important coaches having helped athletes such as Marcus Almeida ‘Buchecha’Lucas Leite, João Assis and many others. He is also mentioned in the Top 10 BJJ Competitors athletes of All Time list by BJJ Heroes.

Leo Vieira Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Leonardo Alcantara Vieira

Nickname: “Leozinho” which means little Leonardo, or just Leo.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Leonardo Vieira

Main Achievements:

  • ADCC Champion (2003, 2005)
  • World Champion (1996 brown, 1999)
  • Pan American Champion (2002, 2004)
  • Brazilian National Champion (1998)
  • ADCC Silver Medallist (2011, 2007)
  • World Silver Medallist (1997)
  • World Bronze Medallist (2000)

Weight Division: Peso Leve & Pena (76Kg/167lbs & 70kg/154lbs)

Favourite Position/Technique: Brabo Choke & Guard Passing.

Association/Team: Checkmat BJJ

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Leozinho Vieira Biography

Leonardo Vieira was born on the 23rd of March 1976, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is the eldest of 3 brothers, all of them accomplished black belts in Jiu Jitsu (Ricardo Vieira and Leandro Vieira). Leonardo or ‘Leo’ as he is named within the Jiu Jitsu community started training when he was just 6 years of age at the “Academia Master” with the legendary coach Romero Cavalcanti.

In 1993 his Master Cavalcanti merged the “Master” academy with some of his former students from the Academia Strike to formed Team Alliance, Leo competed for this new team for many years, receiving his black belt under the Alliance banner when he was 21 years old, by the hands of his master, after winning the historic first World Championships event as a Brown Belt (1996), in a final fought against Mauricio Mariano from Gracie Barra.

The following year, his first as a black belt, Leo fought his way to the final against Marcio Feitosa in the first of many historical duels between the two. This first fight went to the Gracie Barra fighter, Feitosa, but in 1998 when the two met once again in the final, Leonardo was the victor in one of the hardest fights of the event. 1998 was the last time Leonardo won the World Championship, although he did make the final again in 1999 (losing to Royler Gracie) and placed 3rd in 2000.

His career’s highest point had not been reached however, that came in 2003 when Leonardo won the World’s most prestigious Submission Grappling title, the ADCC (Abu Dhabi Combat Club), a gold medal achieved again in 2005.

In between this period, Leozinho moved to Sao Paulo and was training under Fabio Gurgel at the Team Alliance HQ there until 2002 when a group of competitors joined up against the head coach Gurgel. Leonardo left the team together with most of the black belts that trained there. The argument (in broad strokes) was over the ‘Mundial‘ (World Championships by IBJJF federation) which occurred a week after the Copa do Mundo (World Cup). As the Copa do Mundo offered a good prize money to its competitors and the Mundial didn’t, Leonardo and his team mates felt they should support this organization (CBJJO – Confederação de Jiu Jitsu Olimpico) and compete in it, Gurgel however decided against it for reasons that were never made public. The fighters went on to fight at the ‘Copa’ and Gurgel banned them from the gym, and so Leozinho and the others formed another team, ‘Master Team’ to honor the gym where this group had started training in the 1980’s. The Master Team later became Brasa Clube de Jiu Jitsu.

The Brasa Team went on for years and still exists today, but in 2008 Leo and his brothers decided to open another team in which they had more autonomy, this team they called Checkmat.

In 2011 Leozinho came out of competitive retirement after he was invited to compete at the prestigious ADCC once again, the invitation was for the vacant slot was for the ‘below 77kg’ weight division, a class above what he fought throughout his career, and arguably, the hardest divisions in the tournament. Many did not give Leonardo a fighters chance, labeling him too old to be competitive, but the veteran raised quite a few eyebrows once again in the 7th ADCC of his career by defeating the cream of the crop of the new generation and placing 2nd in the competition.

Leo Vieira Grappling Record

A record of Leonardo Vieira’s matches in the most important tournaments in sport jiu jitsu, both with the Gi (Kimono) and without it (No Gi/Submission Wrestling).

Leonardo Vieira Grappling Record

40 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    24 (60%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    12 (30%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

12 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Brabo choke
17
2
#86e620
Guillotine
17
2
#5AD3D1
RNC
17
2
#d1212a
Choke from back
8
1
#fad11b
Submission
8
1
#f58822
Cross ck. f/ mount
8
1
#224aba
North South choke
8
1
#ff9124
Copacabana choke
8
1
#bf1f6c
Katagatame
8
1
12
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
12 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    5 (42%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (17%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    3 (25%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (8%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

3 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
RNC
67
2
#86e620
Triangle
33
1
3
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Leonardo Vieira Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
114Marcio FeitosaMarcio FeitosaLAdvWorld Champ.76KGF1997
280Royler GracieRoyler GracieLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.70KGF1999
385Vitor ShaolinVitor ShaolinLPts: 2x0World Champ.76KGSF2000
422JJ MachadoJJ MachadoLPts: 9x0ADCC77KGSF2000
424Marcio FeitosaMarcio FeitosaLAdvADCC77KG3PLC2000
456Mark KerrLPenADCCABSR12000
507Leonardo SantosLeonardo SantosLPts: 3x0ADCC77KG1/4F2001
1660Rany YahyaRany YahyaLRNCADCC66KGF2007
2202Rafael MendesRafael MendesLRNCADCC66KGSF2009
3195Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLTriangleADCC77KGF2011
4816Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPointsADCC77KGSF2013
4817JT TorresJT TorresLN/AADCC77KG3PLC2013
113R. VerissimoWPts: 4x0World Champ.76KGSF1997
135Vitor ShaolinVitor ShaolinWPts: 24x4Copa Pele76KGSPF1997
223Marcio FeitosaMarcio FeitosaWAdvWorld Champ.76KGF1998
371Marcio FeitosaMarcio FeitosaWN/ALPJJ75KGF2000
411Bob SchirmerWRNCADCC77KGR12000
417Vitor ShaolinVitor ShaolinWAdvADCC77KG1/4F2000
473Vitor ShaolinVitor ShaolinWPts: 6x4Rio x Sao Paulo75KGSPF2000
483Scott ScultzWCopacabana chokePro Am77KGSF2000
484Matt SerraMatt SerraWPts: 10x4Pro Am77KGF2000
505Morris ClifoniWKatagatameADCC77KGR12001
605Fredson AlvesWPointsPan American70KGF2001
632Gabriel WilcoxWBrabo chokeWorld Cup70KG1/4F2002
633Jair LourencoJair LourencoWChoke from backWorld Cup70KGSF2002
634Reinaldo RibeiroReinaldo RibeiroWN/AWorld Cup70KGF2002
640Yuki NakaiYuki NakaiWBrabo chokeGround Impact70KGSPF2002
756Allan TeoWSubmissionADCC66KGR12003
758Rany YahyaRany YahyaWPts: 9x0ADCC66KG1/4F2003
762Eddie BravoEddie BravoWPts: 16x0ADCC66KGSF2003
764Baret YoshidaBaret YoshidaWPts: 6x0ADCC66KGF2003
984Renato MigliacioWPts: 14x0Pan American70KGSF2004
985Fredson AlvesWPts: 4x2Pan American70KGF2004
1006Fabio NascimentoFabio NascimentoWReferee DecisionPan AmericanABS1/4F2004
1012S. FukuzumiWCross ck. f/ mountBrazil v Japan70KGSPF2004
1122Baret YoshidaBaret YoshidaWPts: 19x0Budo Challenge77KGSF2005
1123KomuroWPts: 7x0Budo Challenge77KGSF2005
1151T. SuzukiWPointsADCC66KGR12005
1153Joey GilbertWGuillotineADCC66KG1/4F2005
1155Rob DiCensoWNorth South chokeADCC66KGSF2005
1156Rany YahyaRany YahyaWPts: 6x0ADCC66KGF2005
1465Naoya UematsuWRNCLA Sub-XABSSPF2006
1649Sim GoSim GoWPointsADCC66KGR12007
1657Jeff GloverJeff GloverWPointsADCC66KG1/4F2007
1658T. SuzukiWPts: 8x0ADCC66KGSF2007
2197D. MarinakisWPointsADCC66KGR12009
2201Ryan HallRyan HallWGuillotineADCC66KG1/4F2009
3133Enrico CoccoEnrico CoccoWPts: 6x0ADCC77KGR12011
3166JT TorresJT TorresWPts: 2x0ADCC77KG1/4F2011
3182Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 3x0ADCC77KGSF2011
4808Sotaro YamadaWPts: 6x0ADCC77KGR12013
4813AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWReferee DecisionADCC77KG1/4F2013

Leo Vieira vs Baret Yoshida

Leo Vieira vs Eddie Bravo

Leo Vieira vs Yuki Nakai

Leo Vieira vs Renato Verissimo “Charuto”

 

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