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Levi Jones-Leary

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Born in Sydney, Australia Levi Jones-Leary is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Murilo Santana. Widely recognized as one of the top competitors of his generation, Jones-Leary is also part of the first batch of high level athletes produced by the Unity JJ academy of New York – USA, a label earned after important wins in the colored belt divisions such as at the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) World (brown belt), Pan American (brown + purple belt) and European Open (brown belt) titles.

Levi Jones-Leary Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Levi Jones-Leary

Nickname(s): While growing up Levi was often referenced as “Xanadu”, a name started by his mother who would call Jones-Leary her Xanadu warrior – after a famous cartoon. Later, when Levi joined Unity Jiu-Jitsu he started being called “Levizão” by his coach Murilo Santana. This is an endearing way of saying “Big Levi” in Portuguese (Santana’s native tongue) and was used as an affirmation for Jones Leary reaching adulthood.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rickson Gracie > Marcelo Behring > Mario Yamasaki > Murilo Santana > Levi Jones-Leary

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2019)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2019)
  • 1st Place Spyder Invitational GP (2019)
  • 2nd Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, Abu Dhabi (2019)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2018 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2018 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2018 brown, 2017 purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pans NoGi Championship (2016/2015 purple)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, Abu Dhabi (2018 brown)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, Tokyo (2017 purple)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF North American Continental (2018 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2015 blue)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Juvenile World No-Gi Championship (2014*)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World No-Gi Championship (2016** purple)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Juvenile World No-Gi Championship (2014)
  • 3rd Place UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro (2017 purple)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Crab Ride

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

Team/Association: Unity JJ

Levi Jones-Leary Biography

Levi Jones-Leary was born on March 13, 1997, in Bondi, Sydney – Australia where he spent most of his formative years, with the exception of a short period spent in the United States as a child.

Highly competitive from a young age, Levi competed in athletics sports specializing in the 100-meter dash (sprint) while also testing his skills in football (soccer) prior to finding jiu-jitsu.

During his mid-teens, Jones-Leary became disenchanted with academic life and was pondering leaving school altogether. It was around then that a social program called “Links 4 Learning” introduced Levi to mixed martial arts (MMA). Links 4 Learning was a project designed to help kids at risk of abandoning the Australian education system by providing a series of activities, taking kids out of school once per week to introduce them to a variety of self-expressing platforms. MMA was immediately appealing to 15-year-old Jones.

From MMA Levi Jones-Leary quickly shifted to jiu-jitsu, learning the trade from Guilherme Neves at the Garage Jiu-Jitsu academy. From the get-go Levi understood BJJ was where he wanted to take his life and started pursuing it as a career, leaving school and quickly becoming a kids instructor at the Garage.

In trying to become a world-class competitor Levi started traveling to the United States prior to big tournaments such as the IBJJF World Championship and Pan. To prepare for these events Jones trained at Rubens Charles (Cobrinha) academy in Los Angeles. This was until 2015 when the Unity Jiu-Jitsu academy opened its doors in New York.

Being a tremendous fan of Paulo and João Miyao, as well as Murilo Santana – all members of Unity. Jones-Leary daydreamed of training alongside this trio. To accomplish this goal he found a job at an Australia furniture delivery company, working for a while and saving enough money to travel to the States. Once there Levi worked as hard as he could, gaining the trust and recognition of head coach Murilo, then becoming part of the team.

After a few years competing under the Unity JJ flag, Levi Jones-Leary earned his black belt from the hands of Murilo Santana, on June 2018 after an outstanding competitive year at brown belt.

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Levi Jones Grappling Record

    10 (50%)
    2 (10%)
    4 (20%)
    2 (10%)
    1 (5%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (5%)


Choke from back
Straight ankle lock
    2 (33%)
    1 (17%)
    1 (17%)
    1 (17%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (17%)



Levi Jones Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
18661Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam AD77KGF2019
19190Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLReferee DecisionSpyder Inv.76KGSF2019
19900Oliver LovellLKneebarWorld Pro77KGR22019
20414L. LarmanLDQWorld Champ.76KGR22019
20853Mauricio OliveiraMauricio OliveiraLPts: 2x0NY BJJ Pro82KGF2019
21019Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLPts: 4x2Grand Slam TYO77KGF2019
18656Adriano AraujoWPts: 6x2Grand Slam AD77KG4F2019
18659Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiWPts: 4x0Grand Slam AD77KGSF2019
18741Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPts: 2x0European Open76KGR12019
18746Pedro RamalhoPedro RamalhoWPts: 4x2European Open76KG4F2019
18748Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 4x2European Open76KGSF2019
18750Lucas LepriLucas LepriWReferee DecisionEuropean Open76KGF2019
19187M. LunaWPts: 0x0, AdvSpyder Inv.76KG4F2019
19192Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWPts: 6x0Spyder Inv.76KG3RD2019
19400John CombsJohn CombsWChoke from backPan American76KG8F2019
19407Breno BitencourtWPts: 6x2Pan American76KG4F2019
19411Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloWPts: 2x2, PenPan American76KGSF2019
19413Renato CanutoRenato CanutoWPts: 6x4Pan American76KGF2019
19889Youngam NohWDQWorld Pro77KGR12019
20401Dainis HuuWPts: 12x12, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR12019
20851Mauricio FaletaWStraight ankle lockNY BJJ Pro82KG4F2019
21013Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroWChoke from backGrand Slam TYO77KG4F2019
21015Shinji MoritoWChoke from backGrand Slam TYO77KGSF2019
22327Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWReferee DecisionSpyder Invitational76KG4F2019
22330M. LutesWPts: 6x0Spyder Invitational76KGSF2019
22331Matheus GabrielMatheus GabrielWPts: 2x0Spyder Invitational76KGF2019

Levi Jones 2018 IBJJF Worlds Highlight

Levi Jones 2018 IBJJF Pans Highlight

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