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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**)
  • 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

62 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    14 (23%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    42 (68%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

42 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
RNC
29
12
#86e620
Armbar
26
11
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
12
5
#d1212a
Choke from back
10
4
#fad11b
Triangle
5
2
#f58822
Short choke
2
1
#224aba
Choke
2
1
#ff9124
Guillotine
2
1
#bf1f6c
Manoplata
2
1
#22c9a5
Violin armlock
2
1
#fad223
Botinha
2
1
#03861f
Triangle armbar
2
1
#039a1f
Toe hold
2
1
42
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
26 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    13 (50%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (15%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (19%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (15%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

5 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

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

Dante Leon Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
13183Josh HingerJosh HingerLRNCAmerican NG NatsABSSF2017
13489Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLKimuraChicago SMOABSSF2017
13668Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA85KGSF2017
13671Sergio RiosSergio RiosLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA85KGRR2017
13876Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2017
14238Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPts: 3x2BJJ NY Pro82KG4F2017
14439Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLPointsACB JJ Worlds85KGRR2017
14448Helton JoseHelton JoseLReferee DecisionACB JJ WorldsABSSF2017
14514Josh HingerJosh HingerLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds79KGSF2017
15192Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLPts: 2x0Pan American82KG8F2018
15363Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLAdvChicago Sp. Open82KGF2018
15374Jared DoppJared DoppLPts: 6x4Chicago Sp. OpenABS4F2018
15634Michael PerezMichael PerezLOutside heel hookKasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15635Craig JonesCraig JonesLPts: 2x0Kasai Pro 284KGRR2018
16069Inacio NetoInacio NetoLPts: 4x2Dallas Spring OpenABSSF2018
16296Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLPts: 8x6World Champ.82KG8F2018
16426Vagner RochaVagner RochaLRNCGrappling Ind.82KGSPF2018
16596Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPointsNY BJJ Pro82KGSF2018
16943Matt LeightonMatt LeightonLArmbarF2W Pro 84ABSSPF2018
17101Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2018
17284Rudson MateusRudson MateusLPts: 6x2Grand Slam LA85KGSF2018
17291Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA85KG3RD2018
17481Johnny TamaJohnny TamaLReferee DecisionWSOG 281KGR12018
18262Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds79KGSF2018
19153Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 4x2Pan American82KG8F2019
20121Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLPts: 4x0World Champ.82KGR22019
13163Piter SilvaWPts: 4x0American NG Nats79KG4F2017
13164Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWKneebarAmerican NG Nats79KGSF2017
13165Marcos CamposWKneebarAmerican NG Nats79KGF2017
13179Scott ThometzWPts: 2x0American NG NatsABSR12017
13181Lucas RochaLucas RochaWAdvAmerican NG NatsABS4F2017
13474Igor PaivaIgor PaivaWChoke from backChicago SMO82KGSF2017
13475David RaabDavid RaabWPts: 2x0Chicago SMO82KGF2017
13485Jeff CummingsWPointsChicago SMOABS4F2017
13664Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA85KG4F2017
13859Dustin AkbariWPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.79KG4F2017
13860Josh BacallaoWPts: 6x0No Gi Pan Am.79KGSF2017
13861Eduardo RiosEduardo RiosWPts: 11x2No Gi Pan Am.79KGF2017
13875Vinicius CanabarroWBotinhaNo Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2017
14235Fred SilvaWArmbarBJJ NY Pro82KGR12017
14440Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 4x0ACB JJ Worlds85KGRR2017
14503Lucas ValleWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds79KGR22017
14511Sergio RiosSergio RiosWPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Worlds79KG4F2017
15362David GarmoDavid GarmoWTriangle armbarChicago Sp. Open82KGSF2018
15372Brian BergeronWArmbarChicago Sp. OpenABSR12018
15490Evan DewittWArmbarKing of the Mat 2ABSR12018
15491Salah SaimWToe holdKing of the Mat 2ABS4F2018
15492Justin MichaelWRNCKing of the Mat 2ABSSF2018
15493Brad SchneiderWArmbarKing of the Mat 2ABSF2018
15499Cameron KnightWChoke from backF2W Pro 6982KGSPF2018
15637Nick CalvaneseNick CalvaneseWShort chokeKasai Pro 284KGRR2018
16067Bruno CapacWArmbarDallas Spring Open82KGF2018
16068Alexandre VieiraAlexandre VieiraWPts: 7x0Dallas Spring OpenABS4F2018
16268Bradley HillWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KGR12018
16282Delson HelenoDelson HelenoWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KGR22018
16525Joe BaizeWRNCF2W Pro 7982KGSPF2018
16528Kyle ThomisonWRNCDreem Nutrition81KGR12018
16529Isaac UnderwoodWArmbarDreem Nutrition81KG4F2018
16532Alex HernandezWN/ADreem Nutrition81KGSF2018
16533Michael CarpenterWKneebarDreem Nutrition81KGF2018
16919Robert MalofWPointsChicago SM Open82KGF2018
16933Kristopher LopesWRNCChicago SM NGOABSSF2018
16934David GarmoDavid GarmoWRNCChicago SM NGOABSF2018
17096Bradley HillWPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.ABS8F2018
17132Athos MirandaWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.79KG4F2018
17136Enrique GalarzaWPts: 6x0No Gi Pan Am.79KGSF2018
17137Michael TrassoMichael TrassoWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.79KGF2018
17280Damien NitkinWChokeGrand Slam LA85KG4F2018
17290Bradley HillWPts: 7x2Grand Slam LA85KGRR2018
18046Nick SpacekWArmbarKOTM InvitationalABSR12018
18048Kyle ThomsonWRNCKOTM InvitationalABS4F2018
18050Leon JacksonWKneebarKOTM InvitationalABSSF2018
18248Jeremy JacksonJeremy JacksonWGuillotineNoGi Worlds79KGR12018
18255Enrique FalarzaWArmbarNoGi Worlds79KGR22018
18261Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWRNCNoGi Worlds79KG4F2018
18351NAWKneebarBigfoot Inv.ABS4F2019
18352NAWManoplataBigfoot Inv.ABSSF2019
18353Elijah CarltonWArmbarBigfoot Inv.ABSF2019
18605M. LutesWRNCKasai Dallas82KGSPF2019
19144Thomas KeenanWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American82KGR12019
19307Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiWRNCKasai 579KGSPF2019
19985Chris DempseyWTriangleKOTM Inv.ABSR12019
19986David GarmoDavid GarmoWRNCKOTM Inv.ABS4F2019
19987Jared LavagiWTriangleKOTM Inv.ABSSF2019
19988Q. RoszenweigWArmbarKOTM Inv.ABSF2019
20008Rodrigo GortariWRNCChicago Sp. Open82KGSF2019
20009Lucas ValleWViolin armlockChicago Sp. Open82KGF2019
20117Lucas ValleWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGR12019

Dante Leon vs Josh Hayden (2014)

Dante Leon – Modern Flow Final (2016)

 

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