Leonardo Leite, also known as Léo, is possibly the most successful Judoka to have entered the world of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The Brazilian National Judo Team representative is also a BJJ black belt under Alexandre “Gigi” Paiva from the Alliance Rio de Janeiro academy having won 2 world BJJ championships and 3 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu National gold medals. Leo Leite also competed in mixed martial arts (MMA), having debuted in 2013 with a submission victory over Alessandro Macedo.
Leo Leite Jiu Jitsu
Full Name: Leonardo Gergis F. Leite
Nickname: Léo, which is a shorter way of saying Leonardo in Portuguese.
Main Achievements (Jiu-Jitsu):
- IBJJF World Champion (1999/2000)
- CBJJ Brazilian National Champion (2000/2009)
- IBJJF World Championship 2nd Place (2003/2006/2008)
Weight Division: Pesadíssimo (+100kg-221lbs)
Favorite Position/Technique: Knee Slide Guard Pass and Relógio Choke
Leonardo Leite Biography
Leonardo Leite was born on March 25, 1978, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Leonardo first entered the world of martial arts through Judo. Leite’s father practiced Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for most of his life, but decided to take him to the “Clube Federal” to practice the Japanese martial art with professor Omar. Leonardo was around 6 years old then. He trained and competed in internal tournaments at the “Clube Federal” but opted to change after a while as the club could not take part in tournaments organized by the National Federation.
Leonardo moved to the Flamengo club, then the AABB in Lagoa (Rio de Janeiro), Gama Filho and Tijuca Tenis Clube. When Leo Leite was 16 years old, his father took him to the Alliance Academy in Rio de Janeiro, where Leo was introduced to the art of submissions by Alexandre Paiva. The knowledge of submissions was a big boost for Leo Leite’s Judo, and his interest in BJJ grew. He decided to compete in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu when he was a blue belt adding success in that field to his already impressive Judo resume.
In 1999 Leite decided to compete in the Mundial, Jiu Jitsu’s most important competition, for the first time. He was a brown belt then and he believed that he would be competing in that division, but his master “Gigi” Paiva had other plans for him, and two weeks before the event he promoted him to black belt. Even though Leonardo did not believe he was ready for such a big challenge his master proved him wrong and Leonardo Leite won the competition, winning in the final against a legend in the sport, Zé Mario Sperry.
Leonardo Leite has been involved with the Judo National Team (Brazil), though he always finds time to compete in BJJ from time to time and to achieve the podium in big tournaments such as the Brazilian Nationals (2009). Leo Leite is also recognized for his former relationship with World Champion female fighter, and TV spokesperson Kyra Gracie.
Leonardo Leite Grappling Record
- BY DQ
4 SUBMISSIONS WINS
- BY DQ
6 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES
Leonardo Leite Fight History
|380||Fernando MargaridaFernando Margarida||L||Pts: 9x2||World Champ.||ABS||SF||2000|
|851||Fabricio WerdumFabricio Werdum||L||Points||World Champ.||O100KG||F||2003|
|1461||Gabriel GonzagaGabriel Gonzaga||L||Pts: 4x0||World Champ.||O100KG||F||2006|
|1970||Roger GracieRoger Gracie||L||Cross choke||World Champ.||O100KG||F||2008|
|2044||Charles Cachoeira||L||Points||Capital Challenge||O99KG||SF||2008|
|2072||Braulio EstimaBraulio Estima||L||Points||Capital Challenge||ABS||F||2008|
|2221||Leo Chocolate||L||Referee Decision||ADCC Trials||99KG||SF||2009|
|4141||Marcus AlmeidaMarcus Almeida||L||Armbar||World Champ.||O100KG||F||2012|
|4681||Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo Vieira||L||Armbar||Copa Podio||94KG||SPF||2013|
|4755||Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo Vieira||L||Armbar||World Champ.||ABS||SF||2013|
|4812||Joao RochaJoao Rocha||L||Choke from back||World Champ.||100KG||4F||2013|
|4840||Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo Vieira||L||Pts: 14x2||Copa Podio||ABS||SPF||2013|
|295||Mario SperryMario Sperry||W||Pts: 4x0||World Champ.||100KG||F||1999|
|402||Aurelio Fernandes||W||Points||World Champ.||O100KG||F||2000|
|846||Ronald Bauer||W||Points||World Champ.||O100KG||R1||2003|
|847||Francisco FernandesFrancisco Fernandes||W||N/A||World Champ.||O100KG||4F||2003|
|850||Marcio CorletaMarcio Corleta||W||Pts: 4x2||World Champ.||O100KG||SF||2003|
|942||Aurelio Fernandes||W||Pts: 2x0||World Cup||O100KG||SF||2003|
|944||Fabricio WerdumFabricio Werdum||W||N/A||World Cup||O100KG||F||2003|
|1023||Marco Vilela||W||Armbar||Team Nationals||O88KG||F||2004|
|1242||Adriano Pires||W||Points||World Cup||O100KG||SF||2005|
|1243||Gabriel Napao||W||Pts: 4x0||World Cup||O100KG||F||2005|
|1457||Mauro Jorge||W||Submission||World Champ.||O100KG||4F||2006|
|1460||Lucio RodriguesLucio Rodrigues||W||RNC||World Champ.||O100KG||SF||2006|
|1966||Asa Fuller||W||Choke||World Champ.||O100KG||R1||2008|
|2046||Fabricio WerdumFabricio Werdum||W||Points||Capital Challenge||O99KG||3PLC||2008|
|4137||R. EvangelistaR. Evangelista||W||Pts: 2x2, Adv||World Champ.||O100KG||4F||2012|
|4140||Alexander TransAlexander Trans||W||Pts: 2x0||World Champ.||O100KG||SF||2012|
|4740||Anderson Lima||W||N/A||World Champ.||ABS||RDS||2013|
|4749||DJ JacksonDJ Jackson||W||Points||World Champ.||ABS||RDS||2013|
|4753||Andre GalvaoAndre Galvao||W||Referee Decision||World Champ.||ABS||4F||2013|
Leo Leite vs Paulo Ricardo
Leo Leite vs Thiago Ferreira
Leo Leite vs Homklin (Judo)
Leo Leite vs Diosman Jacare (MMA)