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Leonardo Mário Pereira Júnior, commonly known as Leonardo Mario, is a professional jiu-jitsu athlete and a black belt under Cicero Costha, who is widely recognized as one of the top light-featherweights in the sport, a reputation earned during his brown belt campaign when he received an AJP Tour award for Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the league (2021) after his World Pro, Grand Slam, and Brazilian Nationals titles. Leo Mario went on to cement his claim as one of the sport’s top grapplers in his first year as a black belt with wins at the South American Championships and Brazilian Nationals.

Leonardo Mario Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Leonardo Mário Pereira Júnior

Nickname: Commonly known as “Leo” which is short for Leonardo.

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rickson Gracie > Marcelo Behring > Waldomiro Perez > Roberto Godoi > Marco Barbosa > Cicero Costha > Leonardo Mario

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF South American Championship (2022)
  • 1st Place AJP Grand Slam, RJN (2022)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • #1 Brown Belt – MVP In AJP Tour (2021)
  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2017 blue, 2021 / 2022 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF South American Championship (2021 brown)
  • 1st Place AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro (2021 brown)
  • 1st Place AJP Grand Slam, RJN (2020 / 2021 brown)
  • 2nd Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2018 blue)

Main Achievements (Juvenile):

  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2015)

Favorite Position / Technique: Well-Rounded

Weight Division: Peso Pluma (64,00 kg / 141.5 lbs)

Team / Association: Cicero Costha

Leonardo Mario Biography

Leonardo Mario was born on May 21, 1999, in Ceilândia a town located in Brazil’s Federal District.

Growing up, Leonardo played football (soccer) at a high level, making the Brasiliense FC’s junior squad, a Serie A team at the time (Brazil’s main league).

At the age of 13, Leonardo was injured and couldn’t play with the squad, this lack of activity led the young athlete to join his friends to a jiu-jitsu class at a local club with a borrowed kimono from his good mate Guilherme “Guima”.

Mario felt a connection with the sport instantly, and it didn’t take him long before he started competing, guided by his first coach, Mr. Roniel Oliveira, and Oliveira’s assistant, Victoria.

The first few years of Leonardo Mario had a few different instructors due to the relocation of his gym’s coaches, therefore, after Roniel, Mario was instructed by Francisco Carlos “Chico”, as well as Rodrigo Natalino and Sandro Almeida of team Strong Fighters, who promoted the young athlete to blue belt.

In 2015, after earning his first Brazilian Nationals gold medal as a juvenile, Leonardo crossed paths with the legendary instructor Cicero Costha at the podium. Mario immediately recognized the well-known coach and came to greet him. After a short exchange of words, Cicero jokingly invited the Federal District’s youngster to come and have a few rolls at his own gym in São Paulo.

The short chat with Cicero lit a fire under Leonardo and his desire to move to the sport’s main state in Brazil – São Paulo. A few months after the Nationals Master Cicero held a workshop in Brasília, not too far from Ceilândia, which Mario attended, taking his mom with him to convince Costha to accept Leonardo at his gym under a scholarship.

In January 2016 Leonardo Mario finally joined Cicero Costha’s academy in São Paulo, where he became one of the top colored belts in the nation and, later, in the world.

The good form shown by Leonardo Mario led to his black belt promotion, on May 13, 2021, by coach Cicero Costha.

Leonardo Mario Grappling Record

28 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    12 (43%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (4%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    13 (46%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (4%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

13 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
23
3
#86e620
Kneebar
15
2
#5AD3D1
Triangle
15
2
#d1212a
Omoplata choke
8
1
#fad11b
Arm in Ezekiel
8
1
#f58822
Triangle kimura
8
1
#224aba
Footlock
8
1
#ff9124
RNC
8
1
#bf1f6c
Submission
8
1
13
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
3 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    2 (67%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    1 (33%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

1 SUBMISSION LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
100
1
1
(100%) SUBMISSION

Leonardo Mario Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
37223Diego OliveiraDiego OliveiraLPts: 3x0European Open64KGSF2023
40997Higor LimaHigor LimaLArmbarBrazil Nat ProABSSF2023
44709Meyram MaquineMeyram MaquineLPts: 5x3World Pro62KGSF2023
33305Jesse AraujoWAdvRio WO64KGSF2022
33306Ronald AlvesWKneebarRio WO64KGF2022
33575Oziel SantosWOmoplata chokeBetim Open64KGSF2022
33576Welerson GoncalvesWelerson GoncalvesWArm in EzekielBetim Open64KGF2022
33925Nathannael FernandesNathannael FernandesWPts: 3x2Grand Slam RJ62KGR12022
33930Ariel MagalhaesWPts: 3x0Grand Slam RJ62KG4F2022
33933Ronald DiasWPts: 3x2Grand Slam RJ62KGSF2022
33934Matheus LimaMatheus LimaWTriangle kimuraGrand Slam RJ62KGF2022
35693Baylor ChavesWChoke from backSouth American64KG4F2022
35696Rodrigo BarbosaWTriangleSouth American64KGSF2022
35697Ronald AlvesWPts: 8x6South American64KGF2022
37216Ronald DiasWPts: 2x2, PenEuropean Open64KGR12023
37218Pablo MantovaniPablo MantovaniWReferee DecisionEuropean Open64KG4F2023
37547Wagner ChrispimWPts: 1x0Grand Slam SYD62KG4F2023
37551Khaled AlshehiKhaled AlshehiWFootlockGrand Slam SYD62KGSF2023
38238Jeferson FagundesWKneebarAJPGD LDN62KG4F2023
38242Wagner CrispimWPts: 4x2AJPGD LDN62KGSF2023
39454Guilherme CordeiroWPts: 13x2SA Cont Pro62KGRR2023
39708Guthiery MeloWPts: 1x1ADGS ABD62KG4F2023
39714Nariman MynbayevWPts: 24x1ADGS ABD62KGRPC2023
39715Guthiery MeloWChoke from backADGS ABD62KG3RD2023
40621Enrique GuerreroWPts: 8x1Grand Slam RJ62KG4F2023
40626Wagner ChrispimWRNCGrand Slam RJ62KGF2023
40991Natanael MoreiraWChoke from backBrazil Nat Pro69KGSF2023
43542Shamil GazievWSubmissionEU Cont Pro69KGSF2023
44700Yu LinWTriangleWorld Pro62KGR12023
44706Enrique GuerreroWPts: 3x2World Pro62KG4F2023
44720Giorgi RazmadzeWPts: 3x1World Pro69KGR12023
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