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Leonardo Silva Guimarães, commonly known as Leo Silva is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Gutemberg Pereira and Dante Leon, who trained extensively with Master Julio César Pereira. One of the top representatives of the GF Team in the sport’s international circuit, Silva gained notoriety while competing in the lower belt divisions of the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) circuit, where he conquered important medals, particularly at the World and Pan Championships.

Leonardo Silva Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Leonardo da Silva Guimarães

Nickname: N/A

Lineage:  Luiz França > Oswaldo Fadda > Monir Salomão > Júlio César > Gutemberg Pereira / Dante Leon > Leonardo Silva

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF Brazilian Team Nationals (2017 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Washington DC Spring Open (2019 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF New York Fall Open (2019 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Cincinnati Open (2019** brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Rio BJJ Pro (2016 purple)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2018 brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2018/2019 brown)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Modern Jiu-Jitsu

Weight Division: Peso Leve (76,00 kg / 168.0 lbs)

Team/Association: GF Team

Leonardo Silva Biography

Leonardo Silva Guimarães was born on May 6, 1994, in the city of Itaboraí – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The interest for martial arts sparked early on in Leo’s formative years and by the time he was 7 years old, he was already an avid practitioner of tae kwon do (TKD).

Growing up in the golden era for Brazil in mixed martial arts (MMA), a time when his countrymen rule the sport in promotions such as Price Fc and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Silva started day-dreaming of becoming an MMA fighter as well. This propelled him to quit TKD after a few years, to follow muay Thai.

At the age of 16, Silva accepted an invitation from a friend to a jiu-jitsu group class at a neighboring outdoors field, where a group of local boys regularly got together to drill a few grappling positions under the supervision of an adult. Leonardo enjoyed the dynamics of grappling and soon enrolled in a local GF Team Academy, where he could have a more structured curriculum, working under the supervision of Luiz “Mestre Branca”.

At GF Team, Leo Silva fell in love with jiu-jitsu and decided he would dedicate himself to BJJ. In trying to become the best version of himself, Silva soon joined a different gym as the small GFT affiliate did not offer a full-time training schedule. His time with this new team was equally short-lived, as Leonardo did not find the training to be up to the standard that he had envisioned for himself in order to become a World Champion. Seeking that goal, Leo moved to the neighboring city of Niterói – well known for being much more advanced, jiu-jitsu wise.

Once he settled in the Guanabara Bay city, he joined the local Gracie Humaitá Academy (Alessandro Nunes), where he stayed for the best part of 4 years. Silva’s relationship with his coach at GH was not without its ups and downs and, as a purple belt, Leonardo left the academy. The exit coincided with an invitation by Master Julio Cesar Pereira, for joining his team (GFT), offering him a place to stay at the famous “Cachanga” (GFT’s fighter house), which Leo accepted.

After Leo earned his brown belt from Master Julio, he was offered by Gutemberg Pereira a chance to be part of the team’s affiliate – GF Team TREVO. An offer accepted by Silva. It was at GFT TREVO that Leo Silva would later be promoted to black belt, on August 2019.

Cover photo by Gutemberg Pereira.

Leo Silva Grappling Record

33 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    16 (48%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (15%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (15%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (15%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (3%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (3%)

5 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Toe hold
20
1
#86e620
Kneebar
20
1
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
20
1
#d1212a
Armbar
20
1
#fad11b
Submission
20
1
5
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
40 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    10 (25%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    9 (23%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    14 (35%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (15%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (3%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

14 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Inside heel hook
29
4
#86e620
Armbar
14
2
#5AD3D1
Reverse triangle
7
1
#d1212a
Estima lock
7
1
#fad11b
Katagatame
7
1
#f58822
Toe hold
7
1
#224aba
Choke from back
7
1
#ff9124
Wristlock
7
1
#bf1f6c
Straight ankle lock
7
1
#22c9a5
RNC
7
1
14
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Leo Silva Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
23724Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeLArmbarCopa Podio76KGRR2020
23730Guthierry BarbosaGuthierry BarbosaLPts: 2x0Copa Podio76KGSF2020
24005Ross KeepingLReferee DecisionOklahoma Open82KGF2020
24110Roberto JimenezRoberto JimenezLReverse trianglePan AmericanABS8F2020
24182Carlos SouzaLEstima lockPan American82KGR12020
25970I. FelizLPointsArtista JJ75KGSF2021
26136Matheus GabrielMatheus GabrielLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Pan Am.79KGR12021
26219Benjamin SilvaLInside heel hookNoGi Pan Am.ABSR12021
26645Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLPts: 2x0Oklahoma OpenABSF2021
26952Kieran KichukKieran KichukLPts: 2x2, AdvAustin Open76KGSF2021
26968Fellipe AndrewFellipe AndrewLKatagatameAustin OpenABSSF2021
26974Alan SanchezAlan SanchezLInside heel hookAustin NGO79KG4F2021
26988Bruno MatiasBruno MatiasLPts: 0x0, AdvAustin NGOABS4F2021
29504Jonas CamposLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.76KGR12021
30695Kennedy MacielKennedy MacielLPts: 0x0, AdvMiami WO76KGSF2022
30710Suraj BudhramLPts: 4x2Miami WOABS4F2022
31253Rodrigo GortariLPts: 0x0, AdvCharleston Open76KGSF2022
32945Lucas ValenteLucas ValenteLPts: 4x2World Champ.76KG4F2022
34640Levi JonesLevi JonesLPts: 2x0Grand Slam MIA77KG4F2022
34645Sebastian GuevaraLToe holdGrand Slam MIA77KGRPC2022
35829Eduardo RoqueEduardo RoqueLPts: 4x2Miami FO76KGSF2022
36721Carlos HenriqueCarlos HenriqueLArmbarWaco Open76KGSF2022
36727Carlos HenriqueCarlos HenriqueLPts: 0x0, AdvWaco OpenABSR12022
36746Matheus GalvaoLPts: 0x0, AdvWaco NGO79KGSF2022
36747Pablo LavaselliPablo LavaselliLReferee DecisionWaco NGO79KGSF2022
36753Austin OrandayAustin OrandayLInside heel hookWaco NGOABS4F2022
37647Dante MuschampLPts: 2x2, AdvAtlanta WO82KGSF2023
37880Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaLReferee DecisionTampa Open76KGF2023
37890Roosevelt SousaRoosevelt SousaLChoke from backTampa OpenABSSF2023
37905Matheus GalvaoLReferee DecisionTampa NGO79KGSF2023
38488Alef BritoAlef BritoLPts: 0x0, PenPan American76KG4F2023
39101Lukete SilvaLukete SilvaLWristlockNashville SPO76KGSF2023
40371Victor NithaelVictor NithaelLStraight ankle lockWorld Champ.76KGR12023
41695Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaLReferee DecisionOrlando SMO76KGSF2023
41715Eric SchlosserLPts: 0x0, AdvOrlando SMOABSR12023
41734Lucas BritoLRNCOrlando SMNGO79KGF2023
42555JZ CavalcantiLInside heel hookBlue CollarNASPF2023
44599JP RochaLPointsMiami FO76KGF2023
46693Sandrey SilvaLN/AMiami Open76KGSF2024
47945Natan ChuengNatan ChuengLPts: 2x0Pan American76KGR22024
21505Breno BittencourtBreno BittencourtWReferee DecisionF2W 12377KGSPF2019
22230Blake KlassmanWToe holdF2W 12981KGSPF2019
23519R. AiktenWKneebarArtista JJABS4F2020
23719Jeremy JacksonJeremy JacksonWPts: 4x0Copa Podio76KGRR2020
23720Kanan ClarkeWPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio76KGRR2020
23732Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWPts: 2x0Copa Podio76KG3RD2020
24004Pedro RochaPedro RochaWPts: 2x0Oklahoma Open82KGSF2020
25967Pete YuWPointsArtista JJ75KG4F2021
26637Matheus GalvaoWChoke from backOklahoma Open76KGF2021
26642Charles McGuireWPts: 18x6Oklahoma OpenABS4F2021
26644Damion OrandayDamion OrandayWReferee DecisionOklahoma OpenABSSF2021
26963Charles McGuireWPts: 14x6Austin OpenABSR12021
26965Arthur DetanicoArthur DetanicoWPts: 4x4, AdvAustin OpenABS4F2021
27301Emilio HernandezEmilio HernandezWPts: 2x0Kansas Open76KGRR2021
27302Emilio HernandezEmilio HernandezWPts: 4x0Kansas Open76KGF2021
32929Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR12022
32938Pablo LavaselliPablo LavaselliWDQWorld Champ.76KG8F2022
34637Breno MacielWPts: 2x1Grand Slam MIA77KGR12022
34644Vinicius ReisWPts: 1x1Grand Slam MIA77KGRPC2022
37876Guilherme HiguchiWPts: 0x0, PenTampa Open76KG4F2023
37878Daniel DinizDaniel DinizWReferee DecisionTampa Open76KGSF2023
38474Michael SheenanWPts: 6x4Pan American76KGR12023
38484Jamil Hill-TaylorJamil Hill-TaylorWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American76KG8F2023
39098Berbardo DeliberoWPointsNashville SPO76KG4F2023
39341Guilherme HiguchiWArmbarMiami Open76KG4F2023
39343Ari PollanWReferee DecisionMiami Open76KGSF2023
41693Ryan VargasWPts: 0x0, AdvOrlando SMO76KG4F2023
41732Enrique GalarzaWReferee DecisionOrlando SMNGO79KGSF2023
44597Ariel RhorWPointsMiami FO76KGSF2023
46691Guilherme HiguchiWN/AMiami Open76KG4F2024
47940Joao MachadoWPts: 4x2Pan American76KGR12024
49381Herminio MoraWSubmissionNA Cont. Pro85KGSF2024
49383Heltor SenraWPts: 2x1NA Cont. Pro85KGF2024
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