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Leonardo Saggioro

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Leonardo Saggioro, often referenced as Leo Saggioro or simply by his nickname ‘Cascão’ is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Ricardo Marques, being also a representative of the Brazilian Top Team (BTT) affiliation in this sport/martial art’s competitive circuit. Leo Saggioro is also widely recognised as one of the best featherweights of his generation, with a very distinctive style of grappling based on grinding pressure and a forward moving half guard.

Leo Saggioro Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Leonardo Fernandes Saggioro

Nickname: Cascão is a famous comic book character from the collection ‘Turma da Mônica’ (Monica’s Gang) by Mauricio de Sousa. In English, this character is named ‘Smudge’. Saggioro was called this from when he was a child due to his haircut, which resembled that of the character.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Sergio Souza > Ricardo Marques > Leonardo Saggioro

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (2013/2012)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF King of Mats (2018)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro (2014)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Toronto Open (2016/2015**)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Montreal Open (2015**)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2018 / 2017)
  • 2nd Place CBJJ Brasileiro Nationals (2014/2011)
  • 2nd Place CBJJ South American Championship (2011)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2012)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2015)
  • 3rd Place FIVE Grappling LW Grand Prix (2017)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2008 purple)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2010 brown)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Miragaia Position (over-under)

Weight Division: Peso Pena (70,00 kg / 154.5 lbs)

Team/Association: BTT

Leonardo Saggioro Biography

Leonardo Saggioro was born on March 7, 1989 in Juiz de Fora, a city in the southeastern Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, approximately 40 kilometres from the state border with Rio de Janeiro.

Minas Gerais has a short but prosperous history in jiu-jitsu, having in Ricardo Marques one of the states’s the most revered coaches. It was under the guidance of Marques that Leo Saggioro began his jiu-jitsu career, at the age of 13.

Saggioro started competing early and making a name for himself in his own and the neighboring state of Rio de Janeiro. His reputation rose up to international proportions shortly after his 18th birthday when he conquered his first IBJJF World title as a purple belt.

Continuing a prosperous campaign in the brown belt division, Cascão finally earned his black belt on the second semester of 2010, shortly after another positive performance at the ‘Worlds’ from the hands of his longtime instructor Ricardo Marques. His impact in this new division was felt almost immediately with a silver medal at the Brazilian nationals (CBJJ Brasileiro).

In 2015 Leonardo Saggioro was invited to Canada where he was offered a full time coaching position at a Brazilian Top Team affiliate school. An offer accepted by the young athlete.

About Leonardo Saggioro's Record

This is a compilation of Leonardo’s matches at black belt (adult) in some of jiu jitsu’s top events, please note that this grappling record does not account for every single match in Saggioro’s career.

Leo Saggioro Instructional

Leo Saggioro Grappling Record

60 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    20 (33%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    25 (42%)
  • BY DECISION
    9 (15%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

25 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
28
7
#86e620
Cachecol choke
28
7
#5AD3D1
Choke
16
4
#d1212a
Submission
12
3
#fad11b
Triangle
8
2
#f58822
RNC
4
1
#224aba
Armbar
4
1
25
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
30 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    11 (37%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (20%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (13%)
  • BY DECISION
    9 (30%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
25
1
#86e620
Bow and arrow
25
1
#5AD3D1
Inverted triangle
25
1
#d1212a
Triangle
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Leo Saggioro Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
2840Guilherme MendesGuilherme MendesLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean70KG4F2011
2952Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoLPointsBrasileiro70KGF2011
3103Rafael MendesRafael MendesLInverted triangleWorld Champ.70KG4F2011
3424Eduardo PessoaLPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio76KGGP2011
3428Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoLPts: 7x0Copa Podio76KGGP2011
3494Bruno FrazattoBruno FrazattoLTriangleEuropean Open70KG4F2012
3984Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesLChoke from backWorld Champ.70KGSF2012
4325Italo LinsItalo LinsLPointsCarlson Cup70KGF2012
5479Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 4x2WP MontrealABS4F2014
5520Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoLPts: 4x0Brasileiro70KGF2014
5746Isaque PaivaIsaque PaivaLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.70KG4F2014
5851Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoLPts: 8x0Rio Open70KGF2014
6108Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoLReferee DecisionRio BJJ Pro70KGF2014
6209Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLReferee DecisionCopa OkinawaABSF2014
6225Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoLPts: 4x2South American70KGF2014
6231Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoLPts: 4x2South American70KGF2014
6769Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLPts: 0x0, AdvPan American70KGSF2015
7397Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.70Kg4F2015
7617Isaque PaivaIsaque PaivaLReferee DecisionBrazil Nat. Pro RJ66KGF2015
9517Isaque PaivaIsaque PaivaLAdvWorld Pro69KGR12016
9910Rafael MendesRafael MendesLPts: 6x0World Champ.70KG4F2016
12077Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLBow and arrowPan American76KG8F2017
13002Rubens CharlesRubens CharlesLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.70KGF2017
13341Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLReferee DecisionFIVE Super League70KGSF2017
13784DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLReferee DecisionADCC77KGE12017
16300Jamil Hill-TaylorJamil Hill-TaylorLPts: 4x2World Champ.70KGF2018
18581Paulo MiyaoPaulo MiyaoLReferee DecisionEuropean Open70KGSF2019
19208Matheus GabrielMatheus GabrielLPts: 6x2Pan American70KG4F2019
19639Jamil Hill-TaylorJamil Hill-TaylorLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 10970KGSPF2019
20192Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.70KG4F2019
2949UnknownWSubmissionBrasileiro70KG4F2011
2951M. AlmeidaWN/ABrasileiro70KGSF2011
3431Helder MedeirosD---Copa Podio76KGGP2011
3459Willian SallesWTriangleCopa BudoABSF2012
3832UnknownWSubmissionBrasileiro70KG4F2012
3834Isaque PaivaIsaque PaivaWChokeBrasileiro70KGSF2012
3835David LemesDavid LemesWTriangleBrasileiro70KGF2012
3970Peter HanWSubmissionWorld Champ.70KGR22012
3978Justin RaderJustin RaderWChokeWorld Champ.70KGR32012
3980Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWRNCWorld Champ.70KG4F2012
4323UnknownWChoke from backSol e Neve70KGSF2012
4324MoisesWArmbarSol e Neve70KGF2012
4330UnknownWCachecol chokeCarlson Cup70KGF2013
4626UnknownWChoke from backBrasileiro70KGR12013
4627UnknownWChoke from backBrasileiro70KG4F2013
4629David LemesDavid LemesWCachecol chokeBrasileiro70KGSF2013
4630Mario ReisMario ReisWReferee DecisionBrasileiro70KGF2013
4905Isaque PaivaIsaque PaivaWReferee DecisionRio Open70KGF2013
5202Giovani MarianoWCachecol chokeBarbacena CupABSF2014
5472Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWReferee DecisionWP Montreal70KGF2014
5518Erick RaposoWPointsBrasileiro70KGSF2014
5620Eduardo GoncalvesEduardo GoncalvesWN/AWorld Pro.70KGR12014
5621Marcelino FreitasMarcelino FreitasWN/AWorld Pro.70KG4F2014
5622Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWAdvWorld Pro.70KGSF2014
5623Jedrzej LoskaWPts: 6x2World Pro.70KGF2014
6107Rick RaposoWChoke from backRio BJJ Pro70KGSF2014
6229Erick RaposoWN/ASouth American70KGSF2014
6347Igor MocaiberWChoke from backToronto Open82KGF2015
6348Chris KriebelWChoke from backToronto OpenABSSF2015
6349Richard BondocWN/AToronto OpenABSF2015
6761Sergio HernandezWPts: 3x0Pan American70KGR12015
6765Vitor PaschoalWPts: 5x2Pan American70KG4F2015
7388Eduardo RamosWPointsWorld Champ.70KG8F2015
7392Jonathan ThomasJonathan ThomasWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.70KG8F2015
7612João TavaresWPointsBrazil Nat. Pro RJ66KGR12015
7615Leonardo MartinsWPointsBrazil Nat. Pro RJ66KGSF2015
8490Michael WackerWCachecol chokeMontreal Open70KGF2015
8493Leonardo CostaWN/AMontreal OpenABSSF2015
8494Lucas RochaLucas RochaWAdvMontreal OpenABSF2015
8814John RickelWCachecol chokeToronto Open76KGSF2016
8815Rick SlombaWN/AToronto Open76KGF2016
10352Renan BorgesWN/ABoston SIO70KGSF2016
10353Athos MirandaWCachecol chokeBoston SIO70KGF2016
12064Yan LucasYan LucasWChoke from backPan American76KGR12017
12992Jonathan ThomasJonathan ThomasWPts: 4x2World Champ.70KG8F2017
12996Marcio AndreMarcio AndreWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.70KG4F2017
13000Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.70KGSF2017
13337Brandon WalenskyBrandon WalenskyWCachecol chokeFIVE Super League70KG4F2017
13343Yago EspindolaWReferee DecisionFIVE Super League70KG3RD2017
15864Samuel CanquerinoWPts: 8x0King of Mats69KGRR2018
15867Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeWReferee DecisionKing of Mats69KGRR2018
15872Jose LimaJose LimaWPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats69KGRR2018
15877Thiago BarretoThiago BarretoWPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats69KGSF2018
15879Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWReferee DecisionKing of Mats69KGF2018
16291Gilson NunesGilson NunesWPts: 2x0World Champ.70KGR22018
16297Rafael MansurRafael MansurWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.70KG4F2018
16299Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWPts: 2x0World Champ.70KGSF2018
18576John LennoWChokeEuropean Open70KG4F2019
19200R. CadenaWChokePan American70KG8F2019
20188Joao NetoJoao NetoWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.70KGR22019
21652Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinWPts: 6x5KOM69KGSPF2019

Leo Saggioro vs Lucas Rocha (2015)

Leo Saggioro vs Michael Wacker (2015)

Submission Back Attacks Instructional by John Danaher

One Comment

  • Roger G. says:

    Cascao is Awesome as a BJJ fighter. He trains at BTT Canada under the BJJ Legend Fabio Mastermind Holanda as well teaches. This is great for BTT and BJJ in Canada… Oss Roger

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