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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 AJP Grand Slam, Abu Dhabi (2019)
  • 3rd Place AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro (2021)

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 AJP Grand Slam, Abu Dhabi (2018 brown)
  • 1st Place AJP Grand Slam, Tokyo (2017 purple)
  • 1st Place AJP 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 AJP Abu Dhabi World Pro (2017 purple)

Main Achievements (Juvenile):

  • 2nd Place IBJJF Juvenile World No-Gi Championship (2014*)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Juvenile World No-Gi Championship (2014)

* 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

43 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    21 (49%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (9%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    10 (23%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (14%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (2%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (2%)

10 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
40
4
#86e620
Baratoplata
20
2
#5AD3D1
Straight ankle lock
10
1
#d1212a
Triangle
10
1
#fad11b
Armbar
10
1
#f58822
Tarikoplata
10
1
10
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
17 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    8 (47%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (24%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (18%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (6%)

4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Kneebar
50
2
#86e620
Triangle
25
1
#5AD3D1
Botinha
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Levi Jones Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
18805Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam AD77KGF2019
19357Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLReferee DecisionSpyder Inv.76KGSF2019
20088Oliver LovellLKneebarWorld Pro77KGR22019
20615L. LarmanLDQWorld Champ.76KGR22019
21064Mauricio OliveiraMauricio OliveiraLPts: 2x0NY BJJ Pro82KGF2019
21231Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLPts: 4x2Grand Slam TYO77KGF2019
28227Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds79KGR22021
29161Mica GalvaoMica GalvaoLTriangleWorld Pro77KG4F2021
29461Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLPts: 3x0World Champ.76KG4F2021
29773Tye RuotoloTye RuotoloLKneebarWNO 1177KGSPF2022
32411Alexandre JesusAlexandre JesusLReferee DecisionAtlanta SPO82KGF2022
32437Roosevelt SousaRoosevelt SousaLBotinhaAtlanta SPOABSF2022
32662Mathias LunaMathias LunaLReferee DecisionHouston Open82KGF2022
32818Tye RuotoloTye RuotoloLPts: 8x0World Champ.76KG4F2022
33046Ronaldo JuniorRonaldo JuniorLPts: 2x0EUG 482KGF2022
33623Lucas BritoLPts: 10x8Orlando SMO82KGSF2022
34472Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLPts: 2x0Grand Slam MIA77KGSF2022
18800Adriano AraujoWPts: 6x2Grand Slam AD77KG4F2019
18803Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiWPts: 4x0Grand Slam AD77KGSF2019
18885Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPts: 2x0European Open76KGR12019
18890Pedro RamalhoPedro RamalhoWPts: 4x2European Open76KG4F2019
18892Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 4x2European Open76KGSF2019
18894Lucas LepriLucas LepriWReferee DecisionEuropean Open76KGF2019
19354M. LunaWPts: 0x0, AdvSpyder Inv.76KG4F2019
19359Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWPts: 6x0Spyder Inv.76KG3RD2019
19579John CombsJohn CombsWChoke from backPan American76KG8F2019
19586Breno BitencourtWPts: 6x2Pan American76KG4F2019
19590Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloWPts: 2x2, PenPan American76KGSF2019
19592Renato CanutoRenato CanutoWPts: 6x4Pan American76KGF2019
20077Youngam NohWDQWorld Pro77KGR12019
20602Dainis HuuWPts: 12x12, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR12019
21062Mauricio FaletaWStraight ankle lockNY BJJ Pro82KG4F2019
21225Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroWChoke from backGrand Slam TYO77KG4F2019
21227Shinji MoritoWChoke from backGrand Slam TYO77KGSF2019
22627Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWReferee DecisionSpyder Invitational76KG4F2019
22630M. LutesWPts: 6x0Spyder Invitational76KGSF2019
22631Matheus GabrielMatheus GabrielWPts: 2x0Spyder Invitational76KGF2019
23867Adam CruzWTriangleSUBVERSIV 382KGR12020
23873Lucas SantosWReferee DecisionSUBVERSIV 382KG4F2020
23878Samuel SnowWBaratoplataSUBVERSIV 382KGSF2020
23882Carlos SouzaWReferee DecisionSUBVERSIV 382KGF2020
28408Oliver TazaOliver TazaWReferee DecisionWNO 1077KGSPF2021
29166Hassen MoussaWPts: 7x0World Pro77KGRPC2021
29167Williams CamposWPts: 6x3World Pro77KGRPC2021
29168Ali MonfaradiAli MonfaradiWArmbarWorld Pro77KGRPC2021
29170Luiz PauloLuiz PauloWPts: 4x1World Pro77KG3RD2021
29458Leon LarmanLeon LarmanWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KG8F2021
31587Austin OrandayWBaratoplataPan American82KGR22022
32406Julio PereiraWChoke from backAtlanta SPO82KG4F2022
32409Clay MayfieldWPts: 8x5Atlanta SPO82KGSF2022
32430Robert DunnWTarikoplataAtlanta SPOABSR12022
32435Carlos NetoWPts: 2x0Atlanta SPOABS4F2022
32484Michael BackmanWPts: 20x0Chicago SPO82KGF2022
32658Celso ReisWN/AHouston Open82KG4F2022
32660Clay MayfieldWN/AHouston Open82KGSF2022
32809Natan ChuengNatan ChuengWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG8F2022
33042Rodrigo TatuRodrigo TatuWPts: 6x0EUG 482KG4F2022
33045Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWReferee DecisionEUG 482KGSF2022
33250Andre GoisAndre GoisWPts: 2x2, AdvWashington DCO88KGF2022
34470Leo SilvaLeo SilvaWPts: 2x0Grand Slam MIA77KG4F2022

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