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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, two weight categories above his natural weight division (lightweight). In 2007 Lucas Leite moved from his native Brazil to the United States where he formed one of the strongest Checkmat BJJ 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 (2014, 2012, 2009, 2007)
  • 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 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 Fight Stats

1 by sub
12 by Points (57%)
2 by Advantages (10%)
0 by Penalties (0%)
5 by Submission (24%)
2 by Decision (10%)
0 by Disqualified (0%)
3 by Choke from back (60%)
Choke from back
1 by Choke from mount (20%)
Choke from mount
1 by Submission (20%)
4 by Points (57.14%)
1 by Advantages (14%)
0 by Penalties (0%)
2 by Submission (28.57%)
0 by Decision (0%)
0 by Disqualified (0%)
1 by Armbar (50%)
1 by Brabo choke (50%)
Brabo choke

Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1057Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLPts: 6x0World Champ.U82kgSemi f.2009
1393Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLPts: 2x0World Champ.U82kgFinal2011
1777Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 2x0World Pro.U82kgFinal2012
2007Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 6x4World Champ.U82kgSemi f.2012
2116Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLArmbarWorld ExpoAbsoluteSuperfight2013
2414Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLBrabo chokeWorld Champ.U94kgFinal2013
2870Demetrius SousaLAdvWorld Champ.U94kg1/4 Final2014
1052Kron GracieKron GracieWPts: 2x0World Champ.U82kg1/4 final2009
1284Sylvio AugustoWPts: 15x0World Champ.U82kg2nd2011
1293Gabriel GoulartGabriel GoulartWRefree DecisionWorld Champ.U82kg3rd2011
1359Vinicius CorralesVinicius CorralesWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.U82kg1/4 Final2011
1383Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 6x0World Champ.U82kgSemi f.2011
1551Joao MoncaioWPointsNo Gi WorldsU94kg1/4 final2011
1574Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWAdvNo Gi WorldsU94kgFinal2011
1713Ricardo MesquitaWPts: 8x2Pan AmericanU94kgRd 22012
1714Renan VitalWPts: 8x0Pan AmericanU94kgSemi f.2012
1764Mathias RibeiroWPointsWorld Pro.U82kgRd 12012
1770Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoWPointsWorld Pro.U82kgRd 22012
1771Adriano SilvaAdriano SilvaWPointsWorld Pro.U82kg1/4 final2012
1775Vitor BonfimWSubmissionWorld Pro.U82kgSemi f.2012
1984Juan Pablo MolinaWChoke from mountWorld Champ.U82kgRd 22012
1996Bill CooperBill CooperWPts: 15x0World Champ.U82kgRd 22012
2004Daniel GarciaDaniel GarciaWPts: 6x0World Champ.U82kg1/4 final2012
2285Diego HerzogWChoke from backPan AmericanU88kg1/4 final2013
2411Tussa AlencarWPts: 16x0World Champ.U94kg1/4 Final2013
2413Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWRefree DecisionWorld Champ.U94kgSemi Final2013
2629John SlaterWChoke from backPan AmericanU94kg1/4 final2014
2631Roberto TussaWChoke from backPan AmericanU94kgSemi f.2014

Lucas Leite at US Open

Lucas Leite vs Kron Gracie (2nd Half)


  • 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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