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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)
  • 1st Place AJP Grand Slam, SYD (2023)
  • 2nd Place AJP Grand Slam, ABD (2019)
  • 2nd Place Polaris 170 lb Grand Prix (2024)
  • 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

53 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    27 (51%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    14 (26%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (11%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (2%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (2%)

14 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
29
4
#86e620
RNC
21
3
#5AD3D1
Baratoplata
14
2
#d1212a
Armbar
7
1
#fad11b
Tarikoplata
7
1
#f58822
Submission
7
1
#224aba
Straight ankle lock
7
1
#ff9124
Triangle
7
1
14
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
20 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    9 (45%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (20%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (25%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (5%)

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
18814Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam AD77KGF2019
19369Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoLReferee DecisionSpyder Inv.76KGSF2019
20101Oliver LovellLKneebarWorld Pro77KGR22019
20628L. LarmanLDQWorld Champ.76KGR22019
21077Mauricio OliveiraMauricio OliveiraLPts: 2x0NY BJJ Pro82KGF2019
21244Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLPts: 4x2Grand Slam TYO77KGF2019
28266Hugo MarquesHugo MarquesLPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds79KGR22021
29206Mica GalvaoMica GalvaoLTriangleWorld Pro77KG4F2021
29506Renato CanutoRenato CanutoLPts: 3x0World Champ.76KG4F2021
29823Tye RuotoloTye RuotoloLKneebarWNO 1177KGSPF2022
32516Alexandre JesusAlexandre JesusLReferee DecisionAtlanta SPO82KGF2022
32542Roosevelt SousaRoosevelt SousaLBotinhaAtlanta SPOABSF2022
32768Mathias LunaMathias LunaLReferee DecisionHouston Open82KGF2022
32928Tye RuotoloTye RuotoloLPts: 8x0World Champ.76KG4F2022
33157Ronaldo JuniorRonaldo JuniorLPts: 2x0EUG 482KGF2022
33770Lucas BritoLPts: 10x8Orlando SMO82KGSF2022
34626Johnatha AlvesJohnatha AlvesLPts: 2x0Grand Slam MIA77KGSF2022
40348Matheus GabrielMatheus GabrielLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.76KGR12023
47211Jonnatas GracieJonnatas GracieLReferee DecisionADXC377KGSPF2024
48077PJ BarchPJ BarchLPts: 2x0Polaris 2777KGF2024
18809Adriano AraujoWPts: 6x2Grand Slam AD77KG4F2019
18812Roberto SatoshiRoberto SatoshiWPts: 4x0Grand Slam AD77KGSF2019
18894Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWPts: 2x0European Open76KGR12019
18899Pedro RamalhoPedro RamalhoWPts: 4x2European Open76KG4F2019
18901Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPts: 4x2European Open76KGSF2019
18903Lucas LepriLucas LepriWReferee DecisionEuropean Open76KGF2019
19366M. LunaWPts: 0x0, AdvSpyder Inv.76KG4F2019
19371Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWPts: 6x0Spyder Inv.76KG3RD2019
19591John CombsJohn CombsWChoke from backPan American76KG8F2019
19598Breno BitencourtWPts: 6x2Pan American76KG4F2019
19602Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloWPts: 2x2, PenPan American76KGSF2019
19604Renato CanutoRenato CanutoWPts: 6x4Pan American76KGF2019
20090Youngam NohWDQWorld Pro77KGR12019
20615Dainis HuuWPts: 12x12, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR12019
21075Mauricio FaletaWStraight ankle lockNY BJJ Pro82KG4F2019
21238Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre MolinaroWChoke from backGrand Slam TYO77KG4F2019
21240Shinji MoritoWChoke from backGrand Slam TYO77KGSF2019
22651Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesWReferee DecisionSpyder Invitational76KG4F2019
22654M. LutesWPts: 6x0Spyder Invitational76KGSF2019
22655Matheus GabrielMatheus GabrielWPts: 2x0Spyder Invitational76KGF2019
23896Adam CruzWTriangleSUBVERSIV 382KGR12020
23902Lucas SantosWReferee DecisionSUBVERSIV 382KG4F2020
23907Samuel SnowWBaratoplataSUBVERSIV 382KGSF2020
23911Carlos SouzaWReferee DecisionSUBVERSIV 382KGF2020
28449Oliver TazaOliver TazaWReferee DecisionWNO 1077KGSPF2021
29211Hassen MoussaWPts: 7x0World Pro77KGRPC2021
29212Williams CamposWPts: 6x3World Pro77KGRPC2021
29213Ali MonfaradiAli MonfaradiWArmbarWorld Pro77KGRPC2021
29215Luiz PauloLuiz PauloWPts: 4x1World Pro77KG3RD2021
29503Leon LarmanLeon LarmanWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KG8F2021
31677Austin OrandayAustin OrandayWBaratoplataPan American82KGR22022
32511Julio PereiraWChoke from backAtlanta SPO82KG4F2022
32514Clay MayfieldWPts: 8x5Atlanta SPO82KGSF2022
32535Robert DunnWTarikoplataAtlanta SPOABSR12022
32540Carlos NetoWPts: 2x0Atlanta SPOABS4F2022
32589Michael BackmanWPts: 20x0Chicago SPO82KGF2022
32764Celso ReisWN/AHouston Open82KG4F2022
32766Clay MayfieldWN/AHouston Open82KGSF2022
32919Natan ChuengNatan ChuengWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG8F2022
33153Rodrigo TatuRodrigo TatuWPts: 6x0EUG 482KG4F2022
33156Manuel RibamarManuel RibamarWReferee DecisionEUG 482KGSF2022
33370Andre GoisAndre GoisWPts: 2x2, AdvWashington DCO88KGF2022
34624Leo SilvaLeo SilvaWPts: 2x0Grand Slam MIA77KG4F2022
37579Murilo AmaralMurilo AmaralWPts: 2x1Grand Slam SYD77KGSF2023
37581Junhyun ParkWSubmissionGrand Slam SYD77KGF2023
48072Shane CurtisWRNCPolaris 2777KG4F2024
48076Jozef ChenJozef ChenWPts: 1x0Polaris 2777KGSF2024
49677M. TakahashiWRNCADCC AOT 277KGR12024
49680Junyong KimWRNCADCC AOT 277KGR22024
49682Mali SymondsWPts: 6x0ADCC AOT 277KG8F2024
49685Edward SmithWPts: 3x0ADCC AOT 277KG4F2024
49688Ethan CannonWPts: 7x0ADCC AOT 277KGSF2024
49690Jeremy SkinnerJeremy SkinnerWPts: 3x0ADCC AOT 277KGF2024

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