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 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

    56 (57%)
    10 (10%)
    20 (20%)
    12 (12%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Choke from back
Choke from mount
Cross choke
Mata leao
    26 (59%)
    4 (9%)
    14 (32%)
    0 (0%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Brabo choke

Lucas Leite Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1194Fredson AlvesLEzekielWorld Champ.76KGRD12006
1534Marcio FeitosaMarcio FeitosaLPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Am.76KGF2007
1597Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPts: 5x4Pan American82KGSF2008
1658Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLArmbarWorld Champ.82KGRD12008
1958Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLPts: 6x0World Champ.82KGSF2009
2101Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaLArmbarPan American82KGSF2010
2140Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLN/ANo Gi Worlds82KGSF2010
2163Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPointsNo Gi WorldsABSSF2010
2214Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPointsWorld Champ.82KG1/4F2010
2346Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLWristlockPan American82KGF2011
2589Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGF2011
3091Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 2x0World Pro.82KGF2012
3347Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 6x4World Champ.82KGSF2012
3544Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLArmbarWorld ExpoABSSUPERF2013
3904Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLBrabo chokeWorld Champ.94KGF2013
4074Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsADCC88KG1/4F2013
4178Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLAdvNoGi WorldsABSSF2013
4546Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLArmbarWorld Pro.ABSRD12014
4589Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLPts: 3x0World Pro.94KGRD12014
4756Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLAdvWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2014
5664Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 4x2Marianas OpenABSSF2015
6119Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 4x2World Champ.94KGF2015
7477Fredson AlvesLEzekielWorld Champ.76KGRD12006
7817Marcio FeitosaMarcio FeitosaLPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Am.76KGF2007
7880Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPts: 5x4Pan American82KGSF2008
7941Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLArmbarWorld Champ.82KGRD12008
8241Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLPts: 6x0World Champ.82KGSF2009
8384Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaLArmbarPan American82KGSF2010
8423Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLN/ANo Gi Worlds82KGSF2010
8446Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPointsNo Gi WorldsABSSF2010
8497Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPointsWorld Champ.82KG1/4F2010
8629Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLWristlockPan American82KGF2011
8872Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGF2011
9374Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 2x0World Pro.82KGF2012
9630Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 6x4World Champ.82KGSF2012
9827Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLArmbarWorld ExpoABSSUPERF2013
10187Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLBrabo chokeWorld Champ.94KGF2013
10357Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsADCC88KG1/4F2013
10461Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLAdvNoGi WorldsABSSF2013
10829Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLArmbarWorld Pro.ABSRD12014
10872Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLPts: 3x0World Pro.94KGRD12014
11039Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLAdvWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2014
11947Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 4x2Marianas OpenABSSF2015
12402Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 4x2World Champ.94KGF2015
1330Paulo GuillobelWPts: 2x0GQ All Star Pro72KG1/4F2007
1334Rany YahyaRany YahyaWPts: 8x3GQ All Star Pro72KGSF2007
1335Bill CooperBill CooperWPointsGQ All Star Pro72KGF2007
1379Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWPts: 7x2Pan American76KGF2007
1533Joao CunhaWMata leaoNoGi Pan Am.76KGSF2007
1661Diego GamonalWPointsWorld Champ.82KGRD12008
1734Rodrigo TeixeiraWReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds82KGNA2008
1953Kron GracieKron GracieWPts: 2x0World Champ.82KG1/4F2009
2014Carlos DiegoWPointsNoGi Worlds82KGF2009
2093Carlos SievertWChoke from backPan American82KGRD12010
2097Adriano SilvaAdriano SilvaWPointsPan American82KG1/4F2010
2156Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWPointsNo Gi WorldsABS1/8F2010
2162Leandro LeiteWPointsNo Gi WorldsABS1/4F2010
2302Bill CooperBill CooperWPointsGrapplers Quest82KGF2010
2345Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWAdvPan American82KGSF2011
2480Sylvio AugustoWPts: 15x0World Champ.82KGRDS2011
2489Gabriel GoulartGabriel GoulartWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.82KGRDS2011
2555Vinicius CorralesVinicius CorralesWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.82KG1/4F2011
2579Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 6x0World Champ.82KGSF2011
2767Joao MoncaioWPointsNo Gi Worlds94KG1/4F2011
2790Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWAdvNo Gi Worlds94KGF2011
2987Ricardo MesquitaWPts: 8x2Pan American94KGRD22012
2988Renan VitalWPts: 8x0Pan American94KGSF2012
3027DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWReferee DecisionNYC World Trials83KGF2012
3078Mathias RibeiroWPointsWorld Pro.82KGRD12012
3084Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoWPointsWorld Pro.82KGRD22012
3085Adriano SilvaAdriano SilvaWPointsWorld Pro.82KG1/4F2012
3089Vitor BonfimWSubmissionWorld Pro.82KGSF2012
3324Juan Pablo MolinaWChoke from mountWorld Champ.82KGRD22012
3334Bill CooperBill CooperWPts: 15x0World Champ.82KG1/8F2012
3344Daniel GarciaDaniel GarciaWPts: 6x0World Champ.82KG1/4F2012
3727Diego HerzogWChoke from backPan American88KG1/4F2013
3901Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWPts: 16x0World Champ.94KG1/4F2013
3903Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KGSF2013
4069Josh HaydenWPointsADCC88KGRD12013
4169Neiman GracieWPointsNoGi Worlds94KGSF2013
4176AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWAdvNoGi WorldsABS1/4F2013
4385John SlaterWChoke from backPan American94KG1/4F2014
4387Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWChoke from backPan American94KGSF2014
4925Morris AyalaWPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Worlds94KGRD12014
4928Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWPts: 8x0No Gi Worlds94KGRD12014
5572Vitor SchlosserWChoke from backPan American94KGRD22015
5579Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWPts: 8x0Pan American94KG1/4F2015
5582Rodrigo SilvaWPts: 5x0Pan American94KGSF2015
5584Lucas RochaWPts: 20x2Pan American94KGF2015
5662Terence AflagueWCross chokeMarianas OpenABS1/4F2015
6109Herico PintoWChoke from backWorld Champ.94KG1/8F2015
6113Eduardo InojosaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2015
6118Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KGSF2015
7613Paulo GuillobelWPts: 2x0GQ All Star Pro72KG1/4F2007
7617Rany YahyaRany YahyaWPts: 8x3GQ All Star Pro72KGSF2007
7618Bill CooperBill CooperWPointsGQ All Star Pro72KGF2007
7662Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWPts: 7x2Pan American76KGF2007
7816Joao CunhaWMata leaoNoGi Pan Am.76KGSF2007
7944Diego GamonalWPointsWorld Champ.82KGRD12008
8017Rodrigo TeixeiraWReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds82KGNA2008
8236Kron GracieKron GracieWPts: 2x0World Champ.82KG1/4F2009
8297Carlos DiegoWPointsNoGi Worlds82KGF2009
8376Carlos SievertWChoke from backPan American82KGRD12010
8380Adriano SilvaAdriano SilvaWPointsPan American82KG1/4F2010
8439Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWPointsNo Gi WorldsABS1/8F2010
8445Leandro LeiteWPointsNo Gi WorldsABS1/4F2010
8585Bill CooperBill CooperWPointsGrapplers Quest82KGF2010
8628Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWAdvPan American82KGSF2011
8763Sylvio AugustoWPts: 15x0World Champ.82KGRDS2011
8772Gabriel GoulartGabriel GoulartWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.82KGRDS2011
8838Vinicius CorralesVinicius CorralesWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.82KG1/4F2011
8862Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 6x0World Champ.82KGSF2011
9050Joao MoncaioWPointsNo Gi Worlds94KG1/4F2011
9073Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWAdvNo Gi Worlds94KGF2011
9270Ricardo MesquitaWPts: 8x2Pan American94KGRD22012
9271Renan VitalWPts: 8x0Pan American94KGSF2012
9310DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWReferee DecisionNYC World Trials83KGF2012
9361Mathias RibeiroWPointsWorld Pro.82KGRD12012
9367Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoWPointsWorld Pro.82KGRD22012
9368Adriano SilvaAdriano SilvaWPointsWorld Pro.82KG1/4F2012
9372Vitor BonfimWSubmissionWorld Pro.82KGSF2012
9607Juan Pablo MolinaWChoke from mountWorld Champ.82KGRD22012
9617Bill CooperBill CooperWPts: 15x0World Champ.82KG1/8F2012
9627Daniel GarciaDaniel GarciaWPts: 6x0World Champ.82KG1/4F2012
10010Diego HerzogWChoke from backPan American88KG1/4F2013
10184Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWPts: 16x0World Champ.94KG1/4F2013
10186Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KGSF2013
10352Josh HaydenWPointsADCC88KGRD12013
10452Neiman GracieWPointsNoGi Worlds94KGSF2013
10459AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWAdvNoGi WorldsABS1/4F2013
10668John SlaterWChoke from backPan American94KG1/4F2014
10670Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWChoke from backPan American94KGSF2014
11208Morris AyalaWPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Worlds94KGRD12014
11211Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWPts: 8x0No Gi Worlds94KGRD12014
11855Vitor SchlosserWChoke from backPan American94KGRD22015
11862Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWPts: 8x0Pan American94KG1/4F2015
11865Rodrigo SilvaWPts: 5x0Pan American94KGSF2015
11867Lucas RochaWPts: 20x2Pan American94KGF2015
11945Terence AflagueWCross chokeMarianas OpenABS1/4F2015
12392Herico PintoWChoke from backWorld Champ.94KG1/8F2015
12396Eduardo InojosaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2015
12401Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KGSF2015

Lucas Leite vs Xande Ribeiro

Lucas Leite vs John Slater

Lucas Leite Highlight


This post is also available in: Portuguese (Brazil)


  • 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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