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Lucas Leite is a highly decorated Brazilian jiu jitsu competitor, famous for his half guard skills, who fights for the Checkmat BJJ Academy. Since Lucas Leite was graded as a black belt by Leonardo Vieira, he has been a regular presence in BJJ and submission grappling podiums around the world competing sometimes as a heavyweight (under 94kg/221lbs), two weight categories above his natural weight (around 78-80kg). In 2007 Lucas Leite moved from his native Brazil to the United States where he formed one of the strongest Checkmat academy camps in the USA.

Lucas Leite Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Lucas Jonas Gomes Leite

Nickname: “Loucura” means craziness in Portuguese, because of Lucas Leite’s wild character.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Leonardo Vieira > Lucas Leite

Main Titles:

  • World Champion (2007, 2005 brown belt)
  • World No Gi Champion (2014, 2011, 2009)
  • Pan American Champion (2015, 2014 closed bracket w/ team mate, 2012, 2009 black, 2007 brown)
  • Grapplers Quest Pro Division Champion (Del Mar 2009, 2007)
  • Sao Paulo State Champion (2006)
  • European Champion (2006)
  • World Championship 2nd Place (2011, 2013, 2015)
  • World No Gi Championship 2nd Place (2013)
  • Abu Dhabi World Pro Championship 2nd Place (2012)
  • Pan American Championship 2nd Place (2014, 2011)
  • World Championship 3rd Place (2014, 2012, 2009)

Weight Division: Peso Pesado (94/221lbs), Peso Médio (82kg-181lbs) & Peso Leve (76kg-167lbs)

Favourite Position: Half Guard

Association/Team: Checkmat BJJ

Lucas Leite Biography

Lucas Leite was born on the 3rd of November 1982 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Lucas Leite practiced a few sports growing up, but he found out about jiu jitsu when he was around 12 years old, through a VHS cassette that displayed the first Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), seeing Royce Gracie‘s tremendous display of technique opened young Lucas Leite’s eyes to jiu jitsu and he decided to try it.

The late Ryan Gracie was Lucas Leite’s first jiu jitsu instructor, Leite trained at Ryan’s academy for a few years, but he was not an active competitor and took the sport as a hobby. Getting closer to his mid-teens, Lucas Leite lacked the motivation to keep training and eventually abandoned the sport for a whole year. When Lucas Leite decided to return to the mats (at the age of 18), his family had relocated, and it was hard to commute to Ryan Gracie’s gym, instead Lucas decided to join Leozinho Vieira‘s gym, this proved to be a major turning point in Lucas Leite’s life.

Training alongside a legendary competitor such as Leo Vieira, Lucas Leite started getting more motivated to fight, and became a serious competitor. Leo Vieira is one of the top instructors in the world and helped Lucas Leite develop his (now) famous half guard. He also showed Lucas Leite that he could make a decent living from BJJ and was a major influence in Lucas Leite’s decision of becoming a professional jiu jitsu fighter and coach.

In 2007 he came to the United States to compete and teach. His gym in California (Upland) became one of the main poles for the Checkmat BJJ team in the USA, the team often puts training camps together for big competitions from his academy, with Lucas Leite as one of the head coaches.

Lucas Leite Grappling Record

58 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    34 (59%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    12 (21%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (10%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

12 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Choke from back
67
8
#86e620
RNC
8
1
#5AD3D1
Submission
8
1
#d1212a
Choke from mount
8
1
#fad11b
Cross choke
8
1
12
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
26 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    15 (58%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (12%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    8 (31%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

8 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

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Armbar
50
4
#86e620
Ezekiel
13
1
#5AD3D1
Wristlock
13
1
#d1212a
Brabo choke
13
1
#fad11b
Choke from back
13
1
8
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Lucas Leite Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1404Fredson AlvesLEzekielWorld Champ.76KGR12006
1630Daniel MoraesDaniel MoraesLPointsADCC Trials77KGSF2007
1772Marcio FeitosaMarcio FeitosaLPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Am.76KGF2007
1849Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPts: 5x4Pan American82KGSF2008
1910Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLArmbarWorld Champ.82KGR12008
2162Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABS4F2009
2314Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLPts: 6x0World Champ.82KGSF2009
2522Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaLArmbarPan American82KGSF2010
2577Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLN/ANo Gi Worlds79KGSF2010
2601Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPointsNo Gi WorldsABSSF2010
2661Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPointsWorld Champ.82KG4F2010
2825Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLWristlockPan American82KGF2011
3085Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGF2011
3713Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 2x0World Pro.82KGF2012
3974Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 6x4World Champ.82KGSF2012
4261Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLArmbarWorld ExpoABSSPF2013
4683Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLBrabo chokeWorld Champ.94KGF2013
4885Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsADCC88KG4F2013
4989Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLAdvNoGi WorldsABSSF2013
5446Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLArmbarWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5490Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLPts: 3x0World Pro.94KGR12014
5663Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLAdvWorld Champ.94KG4F2014
6717Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 4x2Marianas OpenABSSF2015
7246Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 4x2World Champ.94KGF2015
9669Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.82KG4F2016
12589Nicholas MeregaliNicholas MeregaliLChoke from backWorld Champ.94KG4F2017
1549Paulo GuillobelPaulo GuillobelWPts: 2x0GQ All Star Pro72KG4F2007
1553Rany YahyaRany YahyaWPts: 8x3GQ All Star Pro72KGSF2007
1554Bill CooperBill CooperWPointsGQ All Star Pro72KGF2007
1599Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWPts: 7x2Pan American76KGF2007
1771Joao CunhaWRNCNoGi Pan Am.76KGSF2007
1913Diego GamonalWPointsWorld Champ.82KGR12008
1987Rodrigo TeixeiraWReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds79KGR12008
2138Jay PagesWChoke from backPan American82KG4F2009
2142Augusto VieiraWPointsPan American82KGSF2009
2143Kron GracieKron GracieWPts: 7x0Pan American82KGF2009
2309Kron GracieKron GracieWPts: 2x0World Champ.82KG4F2009
2388Diego GamonalWPointsNoGi Worlds79KG8F2009
2390Mike JarmiloWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds79KG4F2009
2392Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds79KGSF2009
2394Carlos FerreiraWPts: 8x0NoGi Worlds79KGF2009
2514Carlos SievertWChoke from backPan American82KGR12010
2518Adriano SilvaAdriano SilvaWPointsPan American82KG4F2010
2594Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWPointsNo Gi WorldsABS8F2010
2600Leandro LeiteWPointsNo Gi WorldsABS4F2010
2757Bill CooperBill CooperWPointsGrapplers Quest82KGF2010
2824Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWAdvPan American82KGSF2011
2976Sylvio AugustoWPts: 15x0World Champ.82KGRDS2011
2985Gabriel GoulartGabriel GoulartWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.82KGRDS2011
3051Vinicius CorralesVinicius CorralesWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.82KG4F2011
3075Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 6x0World Champ.82KGSF2011
3284Joao MoncaioWPointsNo Gi Worlds94KG4F2011
3308Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWAdvNo Gi Worlds94KGF2011
3567Ricardo MesquitaWPts: 8x2Pan American94KGR22012
3568Renan VitalWPts: 8x0Pan American94KGSF2012
3633DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWReferee DecisionNYC World Trials83KGF2012
3700Mathias RibeiroWPointsWorld Pro.82KGR12012
3706Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoWPointsWorld Pro.82KGR22012
3707Adriano SilvaAdriano SilvaWPointsWorld Pro.82KG4F2012
3711Vitor BonfimWSubmissionWorld Pro.82KGSF2012
3951Juan Pablo MolinaWChoke from mountWorld Champ.82KGR22012
3961Bill CooperBill CooperWPts: 15x0World Champ.82KG8F2012
3971Daniel GarciaDaniel GarciaWPts: 6x0World Champ.82KG4F2012
4500Diego HerzogWChoke from backPan American88KG4F2013
4680Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWPts: 16x0World Champ.94KG4F2013
4682Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KGSF2013
4880Josh HaydenWPointsADCC88KGR12013
4980Neiman GracieWPointsNoGi Worlds94KGSF2013
4987AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWAdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2013
5242John SlaterWChoke from backPan American94KG4F2014
5244Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWChoke from backPan American94KGSF2014
5860Morris AyalaWPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Worlds94KG4F2014
5863Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWPts: 8x0No Gi Worlds94KGSF2014
6624Vitor SchlosserWChoke from backPan American94KGR22015
6631Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWPts: 8x0Pan American94KG4F2015
6634Rodrigo SilvaWPts: 5x0Pan American94KGSF2015
6636Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 20x2Pan American94KGF2015
6715Terence AflagueWCross chokeMarianas OpenABS4F2015
7236Herico HesleyWChoke from backWorld Champ.94KG8F2015
7240Eduardo InojosaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KG4F2015
7245Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KGSF2015
9652Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPts: 9x2World Champ.82KGR22016
9662Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KG8F2016
12588Rodrigo RibeiroWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.94KG8F2017

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Lucas Leite vs John Slater

Lucas Leite Highlight

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5 Comments

  • CheckMat BJJ says:

    Lucas Leite is the man. He actually teaches in La Habra at CheckMat La Habra and often trains at Gauntlet BJJ in Upland. His teammate, Marcel Louzado teaches at OC Jiu-Jitsu in Lake Forest. Lucas just took 3rd at the San Diego Abu Dhabi Pro Cup trials. CheckMat all the way!!!

  • Mike says:

    Lucas is the man! Awsome instructor as well. Just took second at the Pan Ams. The master of the half guard!

  • wally says:

    Lucas won the 2011 nogi worlds at heavyweight

  • guest says:

    Lucas won the 2012 ny abu dhabi trails at hw, so he will be at the next adcc, and he won the 2012 pans at hw, he is now a 3x pan am champion in 3 different weight classes

  • wally says:

    Lucas just took silver at the 2013 mudials, hw division

    He also took bronze at the 2013 pans.

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