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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 No Gi Champion (2014, 2011, 2009)
  • Pan American Champion (2015, 2014 closed bracket w/ team mate, 2012, 2009 black, 2007 brown)
  • Grapplers Quest Pro Division Champion (Del Mar 2009, 2007)
  • Sao Paulo State Champion (2006)
  • European Champion (2006)
  • World Championship 2nd Place (2011, 2013, 2015)
  • World No Gi Championship 2nd Place (2013)
  • Abu Dhabi World Pro Championship 2nd Place (2012)
  • Pan American Championship 2nd Place (2014, 2011)
  • World Championship 3rd Place (2014, 2012, 2009)

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

55 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    33 (60%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (9%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    11 (20%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (11%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

11 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
64
7
#86e620
Submission
9
1
#5AD3D1
Choke from mount
9
1
#d1212a
Cross choke
9
1
#fad11b
RNC
9
1
11
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
24 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    15 (63%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    7 (29%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

7 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
57
4
#86e620
Wristlock
14
1
#5AD3D1
Brabo choke
14
1
#d1212a
Ezekiel
14
1
7
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Lucas Leite Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1376Fredson AlvesLEzekielWorld Champ.76KGR12006
1601Daniel MoraesDaniel MoraesLPointsADCC Trials77KGSF2007
1743Marcio FeitosaMarcio FeitosaLPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Am.76KGF2007
1820Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPts: 5x4Pan American82KGSF2008
1881Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLArmbarWorld Champ.82KGR12008
2131Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABS1/4F2009
2279Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLPts: 6x0World Champ.82KGSF2009
2476Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaLArmbarPan American82KGSF2010
2531Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLN/ANo Gi Worlds79KGSF2010
2555Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPointsNo Gi WorldsABSSF2010
2607Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPointsWorld Champ.82KG1/4F2010
2757Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLWristlockPan American82KGF2011
3017Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGF2011
3617Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 2x0World Pro.82KGF2012
3875Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 6x4World Champ.82KGSF2012
4141Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLArmbarWorld ExpoABSSPF2013
4545Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLBrabo chokeWorld Champ.94KGF2013
4738Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsADCC88KG1/4F2013
4842Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLAdvNoGi WorldsABSSF2013
5265Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLArmbarWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5308Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLPts: 3x0World Pro.94KGR12014
5475Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLAdvWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2014
6455Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 4x2Marianas OpenABSSF2015
6954Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 4x2World Champ.94KGF2015
1521Paulo GuillobelPaulo GuillobelWPts: 2x0GQ All Star Pro72KG1/4F2007
1525Rany YahyaRany YahyaWPts: 8x3GQ All Star Pro72KGSF2007
1526Bill CooperBill CooperWPointsGQ All Star Pro72KGF2007
1570Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWPts: 7x2Pan American76KGF2007
1742Joao CunhaWRNCNoGi Pan Am.76KGSF2007
1884Diego GamonalWPointsWorld Champ.82KGR12008
1958Rodrigo TeixeiraWReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds79KGR12008
2107Jay PagesWChoke from backPan American82KG1/4F2009
2111Augusto VieiraWPointsPan American82KGSF2009
2112Kron GracieKron GracieWPts: 7x0Pan American82KGF2009
2274Kron GracieKron GracieWPts: 2x0World Champ.82KG1/4F2009
2353Diego GamonalWPointsNoGi Worlds79KG1/8F2009
2355Mike JarmiloWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds79KG1/4F2009
2357Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds79KGSF2009
2359Carlos FerreiraWPts: 8x0NoGi Worlds79KGF2009
2468Carlos SievertWChoke from backPan American82KGR12010
2472Adriano SilvaAdriano SilvaWPointsPan American82KG1/4F2010
2548Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWPointsNo Gi WorldsABS1/8F2010
2554Leandro LeiteWPointsNo Gi WorldsABS1/4F2010
2695Bill CooperBill CooperWPointsGrapplers Quest82KGF2010
2756Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWAdvPan American82KGSF2011
2908Sylvio AugustoWPts: 15x0World Champ.82KGRDS2011
2917Gabriel GoulartGabriel GoulartWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.82KGRDS2011
2983Vinicius CorralesVinicius CorralesWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.82KG1/4F2011
3007Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 6x0World Champ.82KGSF2011
3202Joao MoncaioWPointsNo Gi Worlds94KG1/4F2011
3226Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWAdvNo Gi Worlds94KGF2011
3471Ricardo MesquitaWPts: 8x2Pan American94KGR22012
3472Renan VitalWPts: 8x0Pan American94KGSF2012
3537DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWReferee DecisionNYC World Trials83KGF2012
3604Mathias RibeiroWPointsWorld Pro.82KGR12012
3610Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoWPointsWorld Pro.82KGR22012
3611Adriano SilvaAdriano SilvaWPointsWorld Pro.82KG1/4F2012
3615Vitor BonfimWSubmissionWorld Pro.82KGSF2012
3852Juan Pablo MolinaWChoke from mountWorld Champ.82KGR22012
3862Bill CooperBill CooperWPts: 15x0World Champ.82KG1/8F2012
3872Daniel GarciaDaniel GarciaWPts: 6x0World Champ.82KG1/4F2012
4365Diego HerzogWChoke from backPan American88KG1/4F2013
4542Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWPts: 16x0World Champ.94KG1/4F2013
4544Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KGSF2013
4733Josh HaydenWPointsADCC88KGR12013
4833Neiman GracieWPointsNoGi Worlds94KGSF2013
4840AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWAdvNoGi WorldsABS1/4F2013
5067John SlaterWChoke from backPan American94KG1/4F2014
5069Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWChoke from backPan American94KGSF2014
5660Morris AyalaWPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Worlds94KG1/4F2014
5663Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWPts: 8x0No Gi Worlds94KGSF2014
6362Vitor SchlosserWChoke from backPan American94KGR22015
6369Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWPts: 8x0Pan American94KG1/4F2015
6372Rodrigo SilvaWPts: 5x0Pan American94KGSF2015
6374Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 20x2Pan American94KGF2015
6453Terence AflagueWCross chokeMarianas OpenABS1/4F2015
6944Herico HesleyWChoke from backWorld Champ.94KG1/8F2015
6948Eduardo InojosaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2015
6953Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KGSF2015

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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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