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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:

  • IBJJF No-Gi Pans Champion (2018/2017)
  • USBJJF/IBJJF American Nationals No-Gi Champion (2017)
  • IBJJF Chicago Spring International Open Champion (2017**)
  • IBJJF Chicago Summer International Open Champion (2018)
  • IBJJF Chicago Summer International Open No-Gi Champion (2018*)
  • USBJJF/IBJJF American Nationals No-Gi Championship 3rd Place (2017*)

Main Achievements (Coloured Belts):

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

* Weight
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Well Rouded

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 Grappling Record

42 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    13 (31%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (12%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    24 (57%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

24 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
25
6
#86e620
RNC
25
6
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
17
4
#d1212a
Kneebar
13
3
#fad11b
Triangle armbar
4
1
#f58822
Toe hold
4
1
#224aba
Short choke
4
1
#ff9124
Choke
4
1
#bf1f6c
Botinha
4
1
24
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
23 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    11 (48%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (22%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (17%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

5 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
RNC
40
2
#86e620
Armbar
20
1
#5AD3D1
Kimura
20
1
#d1212a
Outside heel hook
20
1
5
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Dante Leon Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
13071Josh HingerJosh HingerLRNCAmerican NG NatsABSSF2017
13367Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLKimuraChicago SMOABSSF2017
13546Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA85KGSF2017
13549Sergio RiosLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA85KGRR2017
13750Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2017
14100Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPts: 3x2BJJ NY Pro82KG4F2017
14286Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLPointsACB JJ Worlds85KGRR2017
14295Helton JoseHelton JoseLReferee DecisionACB JJ WorldsABSSF2017
14360Josh HingerJosh HingerLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds79KGSF2017
14989Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLPts: 2x0Pan American82KG8F2018
15144Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLAdvChicago Sp. Open82KGF2018
15154Jared DoppJared DoppLPts: 6x4Chicago Sp. OpenABS4F2018
15388Michael PerezMichael PerezLOutside heel hookKasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15389Craig JonesCraig JonesLPts: 2x0Kasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15803Inacio NetoInacio NetoLPts: 4x2Dallas Spring OpenABSSF2018
16028Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLPts: 8x6World Champ.82KG8F2018
16157Vagner RochaVagner RochaLRNCGrappling Ind.82KGSPF2018
16306Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPointsNY BJJ Pro82KGSF2018
16621Matt LeightonMatt LeightonLArmbarF2W Pro 84ABSSPF2018
16762Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2018
16943Rudson MateusRudson MateusLPts: 6x2Grand Slam LA85KGSF2018
16950Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA85KG3RD2018
17130Johnny TamaJohnny TamaLReferee DecisionWSOG 281KGR12018
13051Piter SilvaWPts: 4x0American NG Nats79KG4F2017
13052Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWKneebarAmerican NG Nats79KGSF2017
13053Marcos CamposWKneebarAmerican NG Nats79KGF2017
13067Scott ThometzWPts: 2x0American NG NatsABSR12017
13069Lucas RochaLucas RochaWAdvAmerican NG NatsABS4F2017
13352Igor PaivaIgor PaivaWPts: 2x0Chicago SMO82KGSF2017
13353David SkaafWChoke from backChicago SMO82KGF2017
13363Jeff CummingsWPointsChicago SMOABS4F2017
13542Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA85KG4F2017
13733Dustin AkbariWPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.79KG4F2017
13734Josh BacallaoWPts: 6x0No Gi Pan Am.79KGSF2017
13735Eduardo RiosWPts: 11x2No Gi Pan Am.79KGF2017
13749Vinicius CanabarroWBotinhaNo Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2017
14097Fred SilvaWArmbarBJJ NY Pro82KGR12017
14287Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 4x0ACB JJ Worlds85KGRR2017
14349Lucas ValleWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds79KGR22017
14357Sergio RiosWPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Worlds79KG4F2017
15143David GarmoWTriangle armbarChicago Sp. Open82KGSF2018
15152Brian BergeronWArmbarChicago Sp. OpenABSR12018
15245Evan DewittWArmbarKing of the Mat 2ABSR12018
15246Salah SaimWToe holdKing of the Mat 2ABS4F2018
15247Justin MichaelWRNCKing of the Mat 2ABSSF2018
15248Brad SchneiderWArmbarKing of the Mat 2ABSF2018
15254Cameron KnightWChoke from backF2W Pro 6982KGSPF2018
15391Nick CalvaneseNick CalvaneseWShort chokeKasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15801Bruno CapacWArmbarDallas Spring Open82KGF2018
15802Alexandre VieiraAlexandre VieiraWPts: 7x0Dallas Spring OpenABS4F2018
16000Bradley HillWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KGR12018
16014Delson HelenoDelson HelenoWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KGR22018
16252Joe BaizeWRNCF2W Pro 7982KGSPF2018
16609Robert MalofWPointsChicago SM Open82KGF2018
16619Kristopher LopesWRNCChicago SM NGOABSSF2018
16620David GarmoWRNCChicago SM NGOABSF2018
16757Bradley HillWPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.ABS8F2018
16793Athos MirandaWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.79KG4F2018
16797Enrique GalarzaWPts: 6x0No Gi Pan Am.79KGSF2018
16798Michael TrassoMichael TrassoWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.79KGF2018
16939Damien NitkinWChokeGrand Slam LA85KG4F2018
16949Bradley HillWPts: 7x2Grand Slam LA85KGRR2018
17647Nick SpacekWArmbarKOTM InvitationalABSR12018
17649Kyle ThomsonWRNCKOTM InvitationalABS4F2018
17651Leon JacksonWKneebarKOTM InvitationalABSSF2018

Dante Leon vs Josh Hayden (2014)

Dante Leon – Modern Flow Final (2016)

 

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