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Dante Leon

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Dante Leon is an accomplished Canadian grappler as well as a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, a rank awarded by Vitor Oliveira and Júlio César Pereira of GF Team – an academy he represented on numerous occasions across the world. Leon is widely recognized as one of the most talented athletes of his generation, a reputation earned while competing in the lower belt divisions of BJJ, a time when Dante earned titles at important tournaments in the IBJJF circuit and defeated well-established competitors such as Josh Hayden and ADCC medalist Rustam Chsiev.

Dante Leon Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Dante Leon

Nickname: N/A

Lineage 1: Mitsuyo Maeda > Luis França > Oswaldo Fadda > Monir Salomão > Júlio César Pereira > Dante Leon

Lineage 2: M. Maeda > C. Gracie > Helio GracieCarlos Gracie Jr > Adilson Lima > Vitor Oliveira > Dante Leon

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF No-Gi Pans Championship (2018/2017)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals No-Gi (2017)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Chicago Spring Open (2017** / 2019)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Chicago Summer Open (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Chicago Summer Open No-Gi (2018*)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (2018)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF American Nationals No-Gi (2017*)

Main Achievements (Coloured Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World No-Gi Championship (2016 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pans No-Gi Championship (2016 brown, 2015 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF World Juvenile Championship (2012 blue)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2016 brown, 2013 blue)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pans Juvenile Championship (2012** blue)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Chicago Spring Open (2017**/2016** brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Chicago Spring No-Gi Open (2017/2016 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Chicago Summer Open (2017** brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Chicago Summer No-Gi Open (2017** brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF NYC BJJ Pro Championship (2016 brown)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF USA National Pro – Long Beach (2016** brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2017 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2013* blue)
  • 2nd Place UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro (2016 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Juvenile Championship (2012* blue)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pans No-Gi Championship (2015* purple)

* Weight
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Well Rounded

Weight Division: Peso Leve (76,00 kg / 168,0 lbs)

Team/Association: GF Team

Dante Leon Biography

Dante Leon was born on May 6, 1995, in Harrow, a small town located in Essex County, Ontario, Canada.

Like many Canadians in the Ontario region Dante grew up enjoying the benefits of ice hockey, a sport Leon played until his early teens. Martial arts/contact sports were also a big part of Dante’s upbringing, thanks to his father who introduced him to the fighting game from the age of 6.

Dante’s first steps in combat-related activities came by way of boxing and other striking based arts, being introduced to Brazilian jiu-jitsu as a 12-year-old. Dean Hersche (RIP) was Leon’s first instructor, who within one year had the young Canadian hooked on grappling.

Under the Gracie Humaitá/Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu banner, Leon went from white to purple belt. As He got more serious about his ambitions in the sport Dante required a stronger training environment, a goal that was met through a close friend (Kelly Hymore) who introduced Dante to Abraham Marte and later to Vitor Oliveira of GF Team.

The same Kelly Hymore would later bring Dante, along with his good friend Gutemberg Pereira to Toledo, Ohio in the United States in order to train at his own gym (GFT Toledo) on a full-time basis. Under this new schedule, the pair (Leon and Pereira) conquered numerous important results on the international IBJJF and UAEJJF circuits. The stream of positive results would lead to their black belts, obtained on June 2017 from the hands of Vitor Oliveira and Master Júlio César Pereira.

Cover photo by Romulo Barral.

Dante Leon Instructional

Dante Leon Grappling Record

68 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    16 (24%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (9%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    46 (68%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

46 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
RNC
28
13
#86e620
Armbar
24
11
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
13
6
#d1212a
Choke from back
9
4
#fad11b
Guillotine
4
2
#f58822
Triangle
4
2
#224aba
Manoplata
2
1
#ff9124
Violin armlock
2
1
#bf1f6c
Heel hook
2
1
#22c9a5
Botinha
2
1
#fad223
Triangle armbar
2
1
#03861f
Toe hold
2
1
#039a1f
Short choke
2
1
#03b41f
Choke
2
1
46
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
31 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    14 (45%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    7 (23%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (19%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

7 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
RNC
43
3
#86e620
Outside heel hook
29
2
#5AD3D1
Kimura
14
1
#d1212a
Armbar
14
1
7
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Dante Leon Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
13225Josh HingerJosh HingerLRNCAmerican NG NatsABSSF2017
13532Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLKimuraChicago SMOABSSF2017
13712Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA85KGSF2017
13715Sergio RiosSergio RiosLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA85KGRR2017
13920Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2017
14285Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPts: 3x2BJJ NY Pro82KG4F2017
14490Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLPointsACB JJ Worlds85KGRR2017
14499Helton JoseHelton JoseLReferee DecisionACB JJ WorldsABSSF2017
14565Josh HingerJosh HingerLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds79KGSF2017
15259Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLPts: 2x0Pan American82KG8F2018
15430Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLAdvChicago Sp. Open82KGF2018
15441Jared DoppJared DoppLPts: 6x4Chicago Sp. OpenABS4F2018
15701Michael PerezMichael PerezLOutside heel hookKasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15702Craig JonesCraig JonesLPts: 2x0Kasai Pro 284KGRR2018
16136Inacio NetoInacio NetoLPts: 4x2Dallas Spring OpenABSSF2018
16363Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLPts: 8x6World Champ.82KG8F2018
16493Vagner RochaVagner RochaLRNCGrappling Ind.82KGSPF2018
16664Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPointsNY BJJ Pro82KGSF2018
17012Matt LeightonMatt LeightonLArmbarF2W Pro 84ABSSPF2018
17178Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2018
17361Rudson MateusRudson MateusLPts: 6x2Grand Slam LA85KGSF2018
17368Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA85KG3RD2018
17563Johnny TamaJohnny TamaLReferee DecisionWSOG 281KGR12018
18347Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds79KGSF2018
19251Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 4x2Pan American82KG8F2019
20233Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLPts: 4x0World Champ.82KGR22019
20556Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLPts: 5x4KASAI SS Florida77KGSPF2019
21024Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 12385KGSPF2019
21379Vagner RochaVagner RochaLReferee DecisionADCC77KGSF2019
21380Garry TononGarry TononLOutside heel hookADCC77KG3RD2019
21870Kyle BoehmKyle BoehmLRNCKOTM 7ABSSF2019
13205Piter SilvaWPts: 4x0American NG Nats79KG4F2017
13206Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWKneebarAmerican NG Nats79KGSF2017
13207Marcos CamposWKneebarAmerican NG Nats79KGF2017
13221Scott ThometzWPts: 2x0American NG NatsABSR12017
13223Lucas RochaLucas RochaWAdvAmerican NG NatsABS4F2017
13517Igor PaivaIgor PaivaWChoke from backChicago SMO82KGSF2017
13518David RaabDavid RaabWPts: 2x0Chicago SMO82KGF2017
13528Jeff CummingsWPointsChicago SMOABS4F2017
13708Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA85KG4F2017
13903Dustin AkbariWPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.79KG4F2017
13904Josh BacallaoWPts: 6x0No Gi Pan Am.79KGSF2017
13905Eduardo RiosEduardo RiosWPts: 11x2No Gi Pan Am.79KGF2017
13919Vinicius CanabarroWBotinhaNo Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2017
14282Fred SilvaWArmbarBJJ NY Pro82KGR12017
14491Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 4x0ACB JJ Worlds85KGRR2017
14554Lucas ValleWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds79KGR22017
14562Sergio RiosSergio RiosWPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Worlds79KG4F2017
15429David GarmoDavid GarmoWTriangle armbarChicago Sp. Open82KGSF2018
15439Brian BergeronWArmbarChicago Sp. OpenABSR12018
15557Evan DewittWArmbarKing of the Mat 2ABSR12018
15558Salah SaimWToe holdKing of the Mat 2ABS4F2018
15559Justin MichaelWRNCKing of the Mat 2ABSSF2018
15560Brad SchneiderWArmbarKing of the Mat 2ABSF2018
15566Cameron KnightWChoke from backF2W Pro 6982KGSPF2018
15704Nick CalvaneseNick CalvaneseWShort chokeKasai Pro 284KGRR2018
16134Bruno CapacWArmbarDallas Spring Open82KGF2018
16135Alexandre VieiraAlexandre VieiraWPts: 7x0Dallas Spring OpenABS4F2018
16335Bradley HillWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KGR12018
16349Delson HelenoDelson HelenoWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KGR22018
16593Joe BaizeWRNCF2W Pro 7982KGSPF2018
16596Kyle ThomisonWRNCDreem Nutrition81KGR12018
16597Isaac UnderwoodWArmbarDreem Nutrition81KG4F2018
16600Alex HernandezWN/ADreem Nutrition81KGSF2018
16601Michael CarpenterWKneebarDreem Nutrition81KGF2018
16988Robert MalofWPointsChicago SM Open82KGF2018
17002Kristopher LopesWRNCChicago SM NGOABSSF2018
17003David GarmoDavid GarmoWRNCChicago SM NGOABSF2018
17173Bradley HillWPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.ABS8F2018
17209Athos MirandaWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.79KG4F2018
17213Enrique GalarzaWPts: 6x0No Gi Pan Am.79KGSF2018
17214Michael TrassoMichael TrassoWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.79KGF2018
17357Damien NitkinWChokeGrand Slam LA85KG4F2018
17367Bradley HillWPts: 7x2Grand Slam LA85KGRR2018
18131Nick SpacekWArmbarKOTM InvitationalABSR12018
18133Kyle ThomsonWRNCKOTM InvitationalABS4F2018
18135Leon JacksonWKneebarKOTM InvitationalABSSF2018
18333Jeremy JacksonJeremy JacksonWGuillotineNoGi Worlds79KGR12018
18340Enrique FalarzaWArmbarNoGi Worlds79KGR22018
18346Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWRNCNoGi Worlds79KG4F2018
18436NAWKneebarBigfoot Inv.ABS4F2019
18437NAWManoplataBigfoot Inv.ABSSF2019
18438Elijah CarltonWArmbarBigfoot Inv.ABSF2019
18693M. LutesWRNCKasai Dallas82KGSPF2019
19242Thomas KeenanWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American82KGR12019
19414Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiWRNCKasai 579KGSPF2019
20092Chris DempseyWTriangleKOTM Inv.ABSR12019
20093David GarmoDavid GarmoWRNCKOTM Inv.ABS4F2019
20094Jared LavagiWTriangleKOTM Inv.ABSSF2019
20095Q. RoszenweigWArmbarKOTM Inv.ABSF2019
20118Rodrigo GortariWRNCChicago Sp. Open82KGSF2019
20119Lucas ValleWViolin armlockChicago Sp. Open82KGF2019
20229Lucas ValleWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGR12019
20686Luiz FirminioWHeel hookSub Stars80KGSPF2019
21345Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWPts: 3x0ADCC77KGR12019
21351Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 3x0ADCC77KG4F2019
21635Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseWGuillotineF2W Pro 12981KGSPF2019
21865Scott JutrasWKneebarKOTM 7ABSR12019
21868Austin BakerWRNCKOTM 7ABS4F2019

Dante Leon vs Josh Hayden (2014)

Dante Leon – Modern Flow Final (2016)

 

High Percentage Chokes  Instructional by Lachlan Giles

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