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Leonardo Vieira, also known as Leozinho or simply Leo Vieira, is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Romero Cavalcanti, being famous for combining one of the most eye pleasing games in BJJ with an amazing track record. Leo Vieira was also the co-founder of important teams such as Brasa Clube de Jiu Jitsu and Checkmat BJJ, becoming in the process one of grappling’s most important coaches by developing athletes such as Marcus Almeida ‘Buchecha’Lucas Leite, João Assis and many others. Leozinho is also one of the Top BJJ Competitors of All Time by BJJ Heroes.

Leonardo Vieira Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Leonardo Alcantara Vieira

Nickname: “Leozinho” which means little Leonardo, or just Leo.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Leonardo Vieira

Main Achievements:

  • ADCC Champion (2003, 2005)
  • IBJJF World Champion (1996 brown, 1999)
  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2002/2004)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National Champion (1998)
  • ADCC Runner-up (2011/2007)
  • IBJJF World Championship Runner-up (1997)
  • IBJJF World Championship 3rd Place (2000)

Weight Division: Peso Leve (76 kg / 167 lbs)

Favourite Position/Technique: Brabo Choke, Guard Passing.

Association/Team: Checkmat BJJ

Leozinho Vieira Biography

Leonardo Vieira was born on the 23rd of March 1976, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is the eldest of 3 brothers, all of them accomplished black belts in Jiu Jitsu (Ricardo Vieira and Leandro Vieira). Leonardo or ‘Leo’ as he is named within the Jiu Jitsu community started training when he was just 6 years of age at the “Academia Master” with the legendary coach Romero Cavalcanti.

In 1993 his Master Cavalcanti merged the “Master” academy with some of his former students from the Academia Strike to formed Team Alliance, Leo competed for this new team for many years, receiving his black belt under the Alliance banner when he was 21 years old, by the hands of his master, after winning the historic first World Championships event as a Brown Belt (1996), in a final fought against Mauricio Mariano from Gracie Barra.

The following year, his first as a black belt, Leo fought his way to the final against Marcio Feitosa in the first of many historical duels between the two. This first fight went to the Gracie Barra fighter, Feitosa, but in 1998 when the two met once again in the final, Leonardo was the victor in one of the hardest fights of the event. 1998 was the last time Leonardo won the World Championship, although he did make the final again in 1999 (losing to Royler Gracie) and placed 3rd in 2000.

His career’s highest point had not been reached however, that came in 2003 when Leonardo won the World’s most prestigious Submission Grappling title, the ADCC (Abu Dhabi Combat Club), a gold medal achieved again in 2005.

In between this period, Leozinho moved to Sao Paulo and was training under Fabio Gurgel at the Team Alliance HQ there until 2002 when a group of competitors joined up against the head coach Gurgel. Leonardo left the team together with most of the black belts that trained there. The argument (in broad strokes) was over the ‘Mundial‘ (World Championships by IBJJF federation) which occurred a week after the Copa do Mundo (World Cup). As the Copa do Mundo offered a good prize money to its competitors and the Mundial didn’t, Leonardo and his team mates felt they should support this organization (CBJJO – Confederação de Jiu Jitsu Olimpico) and compete in it, Gurgel however decided against it for reasons that were never made public. The fighters went on to fight at the ‘Copa’ and Gurgel banned them from the gym, and so Leozinho and the others formed another team, ‘Master Team’ to honor the gym where this group had started training in the 1980’s. The Master Team later became Brasa Clube de Jiu Jitsu.

The Brasa Team went on for years and still exists today, but in 2008 Leo and his brothers decided to open another team in which they had more autonomy, this team they called Checkmat.

In 2011 Leozinho came out of competitive retirement after he was invited to compete at the prestigious ADCC once again, the invitation was for the vacant slot was for the ‘below 77kg’ weight division, a class above what he fought throughout his career, and arguably, the hardest divisions in the tournament. Many did not give Leonardo a fighters chance, labeling him too old to be competitive, but the veteran raised quite a few eyebrows once again in the 7th ADCC of his career by defeating the cream of the crop of the new generation and placing 2nd in the competition.

Leo Vieira Grappling Record

A record of Leonardo Vieira’s matches in the most important tournaments in sport jiu jitsu, both with the Gi (Kimono) and without it (No Gi/Submission Wrestling).

Leonardo Vieira Grappling Record

40 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    24 (60%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    12 (30%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (5%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

12 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Guillotine
17
2
#86e620
RNC
17
2
#5AD3D1
Brabo choke
17
2
#d1212a
Mounted X choke
8
1
#fad11b
North South choke
8
1
#f58822
Copacabana choke
8
1
#224aba
Katagatame
8
1
#ff9124
Choke from back
8
1
#bf1f6c
Submission
8
1
12
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
13 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    4 (31%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (15%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (31%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (15%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (8%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
RNC
50
2
#86e620
Triangle
25
1
#5AD3D1
Terra Footlock
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Leonardo Vieira Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
114Marcio FeitosaMarcio FeitosaLAdvWorld Champ.76KGF1997
281Royler GracieRoyler GracieLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.70KGF1999
387Vitor ShaolinVitor ShaolinLPts: 2x0World Champ.76KGSF2000
424JJ MachadoJJ MachadoLPts: 9x0ADCC77KGSF2000
426Marcio FeitosaMarcio FeitosaLAdvADCC77KG3PLC2000
458Mark KerrLPenADCCABSR12000
512Leonardo SantosLeonardo SantosLPts: 3x0ADCC77KG4F2001
1679Rany YahyaRany YahyaLRNCADCC66KGF2007
2234Rafael MendesRafael MendesLRNCADCC66KGSF2009
3291Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLTriangleADCC77KGF2011
4991Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPointsADCC77KGSF2013
13346Gabriel MarangoniGabriel MarangoniLTerra FootlockACBJJ 665KG4F2017
13839Chael SonnenLReferee DecisionADCCABSSPF2017
113R. VerissimoWPts: 4x0World Champ.76KGSF1997
135Vitor ShaolinVitor ShaolinWPts: 24x4Copa Pele76KGSPF1997
223Marcio FeitosaMarcio FeitosaWAdvWorld Champ.76KGF1998
373Marcio FeitosaMarcio FeitosaWN/ALPJJ75KGF2000
413Bob SchirmerWRNCADCC77KGR12000
419Vitor ShaolinVitor ShaolinWAdvADCC77KG4F2000
475Vitor ShaolinVitor ShaolinWPts: 6x4Rio x Sao Paulo75KGSPF2000
485Scott ScultzWCopacabana chokePro Am77KGSF2000
486Matt SerraMatt SerraWPts: 10x4Pro Am77KGF2000
510Morris ClifoniWKatagatameADCC77KGR12001
610Fredson AlvesWPointsPan American70KGF2001
638Gabriel WillcoxWBrabo chokeWorld Cup70KG4F2002
639Jair LourencoJair LourencoWChoke from backWorld Cup70KGSF2002
640Reinaldo RibeiroReinaldo RibeiroWN/AWorld Cup70KGF2002
646Yuki NakaiYuki NakaiWBrabo chokeGround Impact70KGSPF2002
762Allan TeoWSubmissionADCC66KGR12003
764Rany YahyaRany YahyaWPts: 9x0ADCC66KG4F2003
768Eddie BravoEddie BravoWPts: 16x0ADCC66KGSF2003
770Baret YoshidaBaret YoshidaWPts: 6x0ADCC66KGF2003
990Renato MigliacioWPts: 14x0Pan American70KGSF2004
991Fredson AlvesWPts: 4x2Pan American70KGF2004
1012Fabio NascimentoFabio NascimentoWReferee DecisionPan AmericanABS4F2004
1018S. FukuzumiWMounted X chokeBrazil v Japan70KGSPF2004
1132Baret YoshidaBaret YoshidaWPts: 19x0Budo Challenge77KGSF2005
1133KomuroWPts: 7x0Budo Challenge77KGSF2005
1161T. SuzukiWPointsADCC66KGR12005
1163Joey GilbertWGuillotineADCC66KG4F2005
1165Rob DiCensoWNorth South chokeADCC66KGSF2005
1166Rany YahyaRany YahyaWPts: 6x0ADCC66KGF2005
1483Naoya UematsuWRNCLA Sub-XABSSPF2006
1668Sim GoSim GoWPointsADCC66KGR12007
1676Jeff GloverJeff GloverWPointsADCC66KG4F2007
1677T. SuzukiWPts: 8x0ADCC66KGSF2007
2229D. MarinakisWPointsADCC66KGR12009
2233Ryan HallRyan HallWGuillotineADCC66KG4F2009
3229Enrico CoccoEnrico CoccoWPts: 6x0ADCC77KGR12011
3262JT TorresJT TorresWPts: 2x0ADCC77KG4F2011
3278Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansWPts: 3x0ADCC77KGSF2011
4983Sotaro YamadaWPts: 6x0ADCC77KGR12013
4988AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWReferee DecisionADCC77KG4F2013

Leo Vieira vs Baret Yoshida

Leo Vieira vs Yuki Nakai

 

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