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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: Luis França > Oswaldo Fadda > Monir Salomão > Júlio César Pereira > Dante Leon

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

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship No-Gi (2019)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pans Championship No-Gi (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

73 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    19 (26%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    47 (64%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (1%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

47 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
RNC
28
13
#86e620
Armbar
23
11
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
13
6
#d1212a
Choke from back
9
4
#fad11b
Guillotine
4
2
#f58822
Triangle
4
2
#224aba
Triangle armbar
4
2
#ff9124
Choke
2
1
#bf1f6c
Manoplata
2
1
#22c9a5
Violin armlock
2
1
#fad223
Heel hook
2
1
#03861f
Botinha
2
1
#039a1f
Toe hold
2
1
#03b41f
Short choke
2
1
47
(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
13234Josh HingerJosh HingerLRNCAmerican NG NatsABSSF2017
13541Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLKimuraChicago SMOABSSF2017
13721Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA85KGSF2017
13724Sergio RiosSergio RiosLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LA85KGRR2017
13929Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.ABSSF2017
14297Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPts: 3x2BJJ NY Pro82KG4F2017
14506Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLPointsACB JJ Worlds85KGRR2017
14515Helton JoseHelton JoseLReferee DecisionACB JJ WorldsABSSF2017
14581Josh HingerJosh HingerLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds79KGSF2017
15277Tommy LangakerTommy LangakerLPts: 2x0Pan American82KG8F2018
15453Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLAdvChicago Sp. Open82KGF2018
15464Jared DoppJared DoppLPts: 6x4Chicago Sp. OpenABS4F2018
15724Michael PerezMichael PerezLOutside heel hookKasai Pro 284KGRR2018
15725Craig JonesCraig JonesLPts: 2x0Kasai Pro 284KGRR2018
16168Inacio NetoInacio NetoLPts: 4x2Dallas Spring OpenABSSF2018
16395Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLPts: 8x6World Champ.82KG8F2018
16530Vagner RochaVagner RochaLRNCGrappling Ind.82KGSPF2018
16701Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarLPointsNY BJJ Pro82KGSF2018
17052Matt LeightonMatt LeightonLArmbarF2W Pro 84ABSSPF2018
17222Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2018
17405Rudson MateusRudson MateusLPts: 6x2Grand Slam LA85KGSF2018
17412Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA85KG3RD2018
17610Johnny TamaJohnny TamaLReferee DecisionWSOG 281KGR12018
18404Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds79KGSF2018
19319Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 4x2Pan American82KG8F2019
20310Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLPts: 4x0World Champ.82KGR22019
20633Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLPts: 5x4KASAI SS Florida77KGSPF2019
21112Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 12385KGSPF2019
21473Vagner RochaVagner RochaLReferee DecisionADCC77KGSF2019
21474Garry TononGarry TononLOutside heel hookADCC77KG3RD2019
21980Kyle BoehmKyle BoehmLRNCKOTM 7ABSSF2019
13214Piter SilvaWPts: 4x0American NG Nats79KG4F2017
13215Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWKneebarAmerican NG Nats79KGSF2017
13216Marcos CamposWKneebarAmerican NG Nats79KGF2017
13230Scott ThometzWPts: 2x0American NG NatsABSR12017
13232Lucas RochaLucas RochaWAdvAmerican NG NatsABS4F2017
13526Igor PaivaIgor PaivaWChoke from backChicago SMO82KGSF2017
13527David RaabDavid RaabWPts: 2x0Chicago SMO82KGF2017
13537Jeff CummingsWPointsChicago SMOABS4F2017
13717Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA85KG4F2017
13912Dustin AkbariWPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.79KG4F2017
13913Josh BacallaoWPts: 6x0No Gi Pan Am.79KGSF2017
13914Eduardo RiosEduardo RiosWPts: 11x2No Gi Pan Am.79KGF2017
13928Vinicius CanabarroWBotinhaNo Gi Pan Am.ABS4F2017
14294Fred SilvaWArmbarBJJ NY Pro82KGR12017
14507Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 4x0ACB JJ Worlds85KGRR2017
14570Lucas ValleWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds79KGR22017
14578Sergio RiosSergio RiosWPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Worlds79KG4F2017
15452David GarmoDavid GarmoWTriangle armbarChicago Sp. Open82KGSF2018
15462Brian BergeronWArmbarChicago Sp. OpenABSR12018
15580Evan DewittWArmbarKing of the Mat 2ABSR12018
15581Salah SaimWToe holdKing of the Mat 2ABS4F2018
15582Justin MichaelWRNCKing of the Mat 2ABSSF2018
15583Brad SchneiderWArmbarKing of the Mat 2ABSF2018
15589Cameron KnightWChoke from backF2W Pro 6982KGSPF2018
15727Nick CalvaneseNick CalvaneseWShort chokeKasai Pro 284KGRR2018
16166Bruno CapacWArmbarDallas Spring Open82KGF2018
16167Alexandre VieiraAlexandre VieiraWPts: 7x0Dallas Spring OpenABS4F2018
16367Bradley HillWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KGR12018
16381Delson HelenoDelson HelenoWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KGR22018
16630Joe BaizeWRNCF2W Pro 7982KGSPF2018
16633Kyle ThomisonWRNCDreem Nutrition81KGR12018
16634Isaac UnderwoodWArmbarDreem Nutrition81KG4F2018
16637Alex HernandezWN/ADreem Nutrition81KGSF2018
16638Michael CarpenterWKneebarDreem Nutrition81KGF2018
17028Robert MalofWPointsChicago SM Open82KGF2018
17042Kristopher LopesWRNCChicago SM NGOABSSF2018
17043David GarmoDavid GarmoWRNCChicago SM NGOABSF2018
17217Bradley HillWPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Pan Am.ABS8F2018
17253Athos MirandaWRNCNo Gi Pan Am.79KG4F2018
17257Enrique GalarzaWPts: 6x0No Gi Pan Am.79KGSF2018
17258Michael TrassoMichael TrassoWPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.79KGF2018
17401Damien NitkinWChokeGrand Slam LA85KG4F2018
17411Bradley HillWPts: 7x2Grand Slam LA85KGRR2018
18188Nick SpacekWArmbarKOTM InvitationalABSR12018
18190Kyle ThomsonWRNCKOTM InvitationalABS4F2018
18192Leon JacksonWKneebarKOTM InvitationalABSSF2018
18390Jeremy JacksonJeremy JacksonWGuillotineNoGi Worlds79KGR12018
18397Enrique FalarzaWArmbarNoGi Worlds79KGR22018
18403Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWRNCNoGi Worlds79KG4F2018
18493NAWKneebarBigfoot Inv.ABS4F2019
18494NAWManoplataBigfoot Inv.ABSSF2019
18495Elijah CarltonWArmbarBigfoot Inv.ABSF2019
18755M. LutesWRNCKasai Dallas82KGSPF2019
19310Thomas KeenanWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American82KGR12019
19482Edwin NajmiEdwin NajmiWRNCKasai 579KGSPF2019
20166Chris DempseyWTriangleKOTM Inv.ABSR12019
20167David GarmoDavid GarmoWRNCKOTM Inv.ABS4F2019
20168Jared LavagiWTriangleKOTM Inv.ABSSF2019
20169Q. RoszenweigWArmbarKOTM Inv.ABSF2019
20192Rodrigo GortariWRNCChicago Sp. Open82KGSF2019
20193Lucas ValleWViolin armlockChicago Sp. Open82KGF2019
20306Lucas ValleWArmbarWorld Champ.82KGR12019
20765Luiz FirminioWHeel hookSub Stars80KGSPF2019
21439Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWPts: 3x0ADCC77KGR12019
21445Lucas LepriLucas LepriWPts: 3x0ADCC77KG4F2019
21742Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseWGuillotineF2W Pro 12981KGSPF2019
21975Scott JutrasWKneebarKOTM 7ABSR12019
21978Austin BakerWRNCKOTM 7ABS4F2019
22147Marcio AndreMarcio AndreWReferee DecisionGrappleFest 785KGSPF2019
22306Jaakko VilanderWPts: 22x0NoGi Worlds79KGR12019
22310Pedro RochaWTriangle armbarNoGi Worlds79KG4F2019
22314Felipe CesarFelipe CesarWPts: 4x2NoGi Worlds79KGSF2019
22316Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoWPts: 4x2NoGi Worlds79KGF2019

Dante Leon vs Josh Hayden (2014)

Dante Leon – Modern Flow Final (2016)

 

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