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

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Lucas Leite is a highly decorated Brazilian jiu jitsu competitor, famous for his half guard skills, who fights for the Checkmat BJJ Academy. Since Lucas Leite was graded as a black belt by Leonardo Vieira, he has been a regular presence in BJJ and submission grappling podiums around the world competing sometimes as a heavyweight (under 94kg/221lbs), two weight categories above his natural weight (around 78-80kg). In 2007 Lucas Leite moved from his native Brazil to the United States where he formed one of the strongest Checkmat academy camps in the USA.

Lucas Leite Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Lucas Jonas Gomes Leite

Nickname: “Loucura” means craziness in Portuguese, because of Lucas Leite’s wild character.

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

Main Titles:

  • World Champion (2007, 2005 brown belt)
  • World Nogi Champion (2009, 2011)
  • Pan American Champion (2015, 2014, 2012, 2009 black, 2007 brown)
  • Grapplers Quest Pro Division Champion (Del Mar 2009, 2007)
  • Sao Paulo State Champion (2006)
  • European Champion (2006)
  • World Silver Medallist (2011)
  • World Pro Cup Silver Medallist (2012)
  • Pan American Silver Medallist (2011)

Weight Division: Peso Pesado (94/221lbs), Peso Médio (82kg-181lbs) & Peso Leve (76kg-167lbs)

Favourite Position: Half Guard

Association/Team: Checkmat BJJ

Lucas Leite Biography

Lucas Leite was born on the 3rd of November 1982 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Lucas Leite practiced a few sports growing up, but he found out about jiu jitsu when he was around 12 years old, through a VHS cassette that displayed the first Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), seeing Royce Gracie‘s tremendous display of technique opened young Lucas Leite’s eyes to jiu jitsu and he decided to try it.

The late Ryan Gracie was Lucas Leite’s first jiu jitsu instructor, Leite trained at Ryan’s academy for a few years, but he was not an active competitor and took the sport as a hobby. Getting closer to his mid-teens, Lucas Leite lacked the motivation to keep training and eventually abandoned the sport for a whole year. When Lucas Leite decided to return to the mats (at the age of 18), his family had relocated, and it was hard to commute to Ryan Gracie’s gym, instead Lucas decided to join Leozinho Vieira‘s gym, this proved to be a major turning point in Lucas Leite’s life.

Training alongside a legendary competitor such as Leo Vieira, Lucas Leite started getting more motivated to fight, and became a serious competitor. Leo Vieira is one of the top instructors in the world and helped Lucas Leite develop his (now) famous half guard. He also showed Lucas Leite that he could make a decent living from BJJ and was a major influence in Lucas Leite’s decision of becoming a professional jiu jitsu fighter and coach.

In 2007 he came to the United States to compete and teach. His gym in California (Upland) became one of the main poles for the Checkmat BJJ team in the USA, the team often puts training camps together for big competitions from his academy, with Lucas Leite as one of the head coaches.

Lucas Leite Grappling Record

40 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    25 (63%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    8 (20%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

8 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
50
4
#86e620
Mata leao
13
1
#5AD3D1
Submission
13
1
#d1212a
Choke from mount
13
1
#fad11b
Cross choke
13
1
8
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
16 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    10 (63%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (25%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
50
2
#86e620
Ezekiel
25
1
#5AD3D1
Brabo choke
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Lucas Leite Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1119Fredson AlvesLEzekielWorld Champ.76KGRD12006
1449Marcio FeitosaMarcio FeitosaLPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Am.76KGF2007
1509Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPts: 5x4Pan American82KGSF2008
1570Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLArmbarWorld Champ.82KGRD12008
1868Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLPts: 6x0World Champ.82KGSF2009
2001Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLN/ANo Gi Worlds82KGSF2010
2058Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPointsWorld Champ.82KG1/4F2010
2391Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGF2011
2847Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 2x0World Pro.82KGF2012
3101Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 6x4World Champ.82KGSF2012
3283Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLArmbarWorld ExpoABSSUPERF2013
3627Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLBrabo chokeWorld Champ.94KGF2013
3764Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsADCC88KG1/4F2013
3864Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLAdvNoGi WorldsABSSF2013
4383Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLAdvWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2014
5257Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 4x2Marianas OpenABSSF2015
1255Paulo GuillobelWPts: 2x0GQ All Star Pro72KG1/4F2007
1259Rany YahyaRany YahyaWPts: 8x3GQ All Star Pro72KGSF2007
1260Bill CooperBill CooperWPointsGQ All Star Pro72KGF2007
1304Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWPts: 7x2Pan American76KGF2007
1448Joao CunhaWMata leaoNoGi Pan Am.76KGSF2007
1573Diego GamonalWPointsWorld Champ.82KGRD12008
1646Rodrigo TeixeiraWRefree DecisionNoGi Worlds82KGNA2008
1863Kron GracieKron GracieWPts: 2x0World Champ.82KG1/4F2009
1924Carlos DiegoWPointsNoGi Worlds82KGF2009
2142Bill CooperBill CooperWPointsGrapplers Quest82KGF2010
2282Sylvio AugustoWPts: 15x0World Champ.82KGRDS2011
2291Gabriel GoulartGabriel GoulartWRefree DecisionWorld Champ.82KGRDS2011
2357Vinicius CorralesVinicius CorralesWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.82KG1/4F2011
2381Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 6x0World Champ.82KGSF2011
2564Joao MoncaioWPointsNo Gi Worlds94KG1/4F2011
2587Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWAdvNo Gi Worlds94KGF2011
2775Ricardo MesquitaWPts: 8x2Pan American94KGRD22012
2776Renan VitalWPts: 8x0Pan American94KGSF2012
2834Mathias RibeiroWPointsWorld Pro.82KGRD12012
2840Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoWPointsWorld Pro.82KGRD22012
2841Adriano SilvaAdriano SilvaWPointsWorld Pro.82KG1/4F2012
2845Vitor BonfimWSubmissionWorld Pro.82KGSF2012
3078Juan Pablo MolinaWChoke from mountWorld Champ.82KGRD22012
3090Bill CooperBill CooperWPts: 15x0World Champ.82KGRD22012
3098Daniel GarciaDaniel GarciaWPts: 6x0World Champ.82KG1/4F2012
3454Diego HerzogWChoke from backPan American88KG1/4F2013
3624Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWPts: 16x0World Champ.94KG1/4F2013
3626Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWRefree DecisionWorld Champ.94KGSF2013
3759Josh HaydenWPointsADCC88KGRD12013
3855Neiman GracieWPointsNoGi Worlds94KGSF2013
3862AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWAdvNoGi WorldsABS1/4F2013
4057John SlaterWChoke from backPan American94KG1/4F2014
4059Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWChoke from backPan American94KGSF2014
4540Morris AyalaWPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Worlds94KGRD12014
4543Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWPts: 8x0No Gi Worlds94KGRD12014
5177Vitor SchlosserWChoke from backPan American94KGRD22015
5184Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWPts: 8x0Pan American94KG1/4F2015
5187Rodrigo SilvaWPts: 5x0Pan American94KGSF2015
5189Lucas RochaWPts: 20x2Pan American94KGF2015
5255Terence AflagueWCross chokeMarianas OpenABS1/4F2015

Lucas Leite vs Xande Ribeiro

Lucas Leite vs John Slater

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5 Comments

  • CheckMat BJJ says:

    Lucas Leite is the man. He actually teaches in La Habra at CheckMat La Habra and often trains at Gauntlet BJJ in Upland. His teammate, Marcel Louzado teaches at OC Jiu-Jitsu in Lake Forest. Lucas just took 3rd at the San Diego Abu Dhabi Pro Cup trials. CheckMat all the way!!!

  • Mike says:

    Lucas is the man! Awsome instructor as well. Just took second at the Pan Ams. The master of the half guard!

  • wally says:

    Lucas won the 2011 nogi worlds at heavyweight

  • guest says:

    Lucas won the 2012 ny abu dhabi trails at hw, so he will be at the next adcc, and he won the 2012 pans at hw, he is now a 3x pan am champion in 3 different weight classes

  • wally says:

    Lucas just took silver at the 2013 mudials, hw division

    He also took bronze at the 2013 pans.

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