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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 (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

33 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    10 (30%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (12%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    19 (58%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

19 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
26
5
#86e620
RNC
21
4
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
21
4
#d1212a
Kneebar
11
2
#fad11b
Triangle armbar
5
1
#f58822
Toe hold
5
1
#224aba
Short choke
5
1
#ff9124
Botinha
5
1
19
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
18 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    10 (56%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (11%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (22%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (11%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
RNC
50
2
#86e620
Kimura
25
1
#5AD3D1
Outside heel hook
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Dante Leon Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
12989Josh HingerJosh HingerLRNCAmerican NG NatsABSSF2017
13276Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLKimuraChicago SMOABSSF2017
13442Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA85KGSF2017
13445Sergio RiosLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA85KGRR2017
13643Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2017
13992Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPts: 3x2BJJ NY Pro82KG4F2017
14167Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLPointsACB JJ Worlds85KGRR2017
14177Helton JoseHelton JoseLReferee DecisionACB JJ WorldsABSSF2017
14242Josh HingerJosh HingerLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds79KGSF2017
14868Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLPts: 2x0Pan American82KG8F2018
15023Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLAdvChicago Sp. Open82KGF2018
15033Jared DoppJared DoppLPts: 6x4Chicago Sp. OpenABS4F2018
15261Michael PerezMichael PerezLOutside heel hookKasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15262Craig JonesCraig JonesLPts: 2x0Kasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15669Inacio NetoInacio NetoLPts: 4x2Dallas Spring OpenABSSF2018
15893Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLPts: 8x6World Champ.82KG8F2018
16019Vagner RochaVagner RochaLRNCGrappling Ind.82KGSPF2018
16168Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPointsNY BJJ Pro82KGSF2018
12969Piter SilvaWPts: 4x0American NG Nats79KG4F2017
12970Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWKneebarAmerican NG Nats79KGSF2017
12971Marcos CamposWKneebarAmerican NG Nats79KGF2017
12985Scott ThometzWPts: 2x0American NG NatsABSR12017
12987Lucas RochaLucas RochaWAdvAmerican NG NatsABS4F2017
13261Igor PaivaIgor PaivaWPts: 2x0Chicago SMO82KGSF2017
13262David SkaafWChoke from backChicago SMO82KGF2017
13272Jeff CummingsWPointsChicago SMOABS4F2017
13438Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA85KG4F2017
13627Dustin AkbariWPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.79KG4F2017
13628Josh BacallaoWPts: 6x0No Gi Pan Am.79KGSF2017
13629Eduardo RiosWPts: 11x2No Gi Pan Am.79KGF2017
13642Vinicius CanabarroWBotinhaNo Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2017
13989Fred SilvaWArmbarBJJ NY Pro82KGR12017
14168Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 4x0ACB JJ Worlds85KGRR2017
14231Lucas ValleWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds79KGR22017
14239Sergio RiosWPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Worlds79KG4F2017
15022David GarmoWTriangle armbarChicago Sp. Open82KGSF2018
15031Brian BergeronWArmbarChicago Sp. OpenABSR12018
15124Evan DewittWArmbarKing of the Mat 2ABSR12018
15125Salah SaimWToe holdKing of the Mat 2ABS4F2018
15126Justin MichaelWRNCKing of the Mat 2ABSSF2018
15127Brad SchneiderWArmbarKing of the Mat 2ABSF2018
15133Cameron KnightWChoke from backF2W Pro 6982KGSPF2018
15264Nick CalvaneseNick CalvaneseWShort chokeKasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15667Bruno CapacWArmbarDallas Spring Open82KGF2018
15668Alexandre VieiraAlexandre VieiraWPts: 7x0Dallas Spring OpenABS4F2018
15865Bradley HillWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KGR12018
15879Delson HelenoDelson HelenoWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KGR22018
16114Joe BaizeWRNCF2W Pro 7982KGSPF2018
16447Robert MalofWPointsChicago SM Open82KGF2018
16457Kristopher LopesWRNCChicago SM NGOABSSF2018
16458David GarmoWRNCChicago SM NGOABSF2018

Dante Leon vs Josh Hayden (2014)

Dante Leon – Modern Flow Final (2016)

 

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