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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
Choke from mount
8
1
#5AD3D1
Cross choke
8
1
#d1212a
RNC
8
1
#fad11b
Submission
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

#214eb8
Armbar
50
4
#86e620
Brabo choke
13
1
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
13
1
#d1212a
Ezekiel
13
1
#fad11b
Wristlock
13
1
8
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Lucas Leite Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1413Fredson AlvesLEzekielWorld Champ.76KGR12006
1639Daniel MoraesDaniel MoraesLPointsADCC Trials77KGSF2007
1781Marcio FeitosaMarcio FeitosaLPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Am.76KGF2007
1859Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPts: 5x4Pan American82KGSF2008
1920Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLArmbarWorld Champ.82KGR12008
2179Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABS4F2009
2331Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLPts: 6x0World Champ.82KGSF2009
2540Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaLArmbarPan American82KGSF2010
2595Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLN/ANo Gi Worlds79KGSF2010
2619Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPointsNo Gi WorldsABSSF2010
2679Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPointsWorld Champ.82KG4F2010
2860Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLWristlockPan American82KGF2011
3123Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGF2011
3761Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 2x0World Pro.82KGF2012
4029Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 6x4World Champ.82KGSF2012
4329Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLArmbarWorld ExpoABSSPF2013
4769Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLBrabo chokeWorld Champ.94KGF2013
4971Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsADCC88KG4F2013
5075Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLAdvNoGi WorldsABSSF2013
5551Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLArmbarWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5600Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLPts: 3x0World Pro.94KGR12014
5774Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLAdvWorld Champ.94KG4F2014
6861Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 4x2Marianas OpenABSSF2015
7398Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 4x2World Champ.94KGF2015
9872Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.82KG4F2016
12893Nicholas MeregaliNicholas MeregaliLChoke from backWorld Champ.94KG4F2017
1558Paulo GuillobelPaulo GuillobelWPts: 2x0GQ All Star Pro72KG4F2007
1562Rany YahyaRany YahyaWPts: 8x3GQ All Star Pro72KGSF2007
1563Bill CooperBill CooperWPointsGQ All Star Pro72KGF2007
1608Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWPts: 7x2Pan American76KGF2007
1780Joao CunhaWRNCNoGi Pan Am.76KGSF2007
1923Diego GamonalWPointsWorld Champ.82KGR12008
1997Rodrigo TeixeiraWReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds79KGR12008
2155Jay PagesWChoke from backPan American82KG4F2009
2159Augusto VieiraWPointsPan American82KGSF2009
2160Kron GracieKron GracieWPts: 7x0Pan American82KGF2009
2326Kron GracieKron GracieWPts: 2x0World Champ.82KG4F2009
2405Diego GamonalWPointsNoGi Worlds79KG8F2009
2407Mike JarmiloWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds79KG4F2009
2409Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds79KGSF2009
2411Carlos FerreiraWPts: 8x0NoGi Worlds79KGF2009
2532Carlos SievertWChoke from backPan American82KGR12010
2536Adriano SilvaAdriano SilvaWPointsPan American82KG4F2010
2612Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWPointsNo Gi WorldsABS8F2010
2618Leandro LeiteWPointsNo Gi WorldsABS4F2010
2791Bill CooperBill CooperWPointsGrapplers Quest82KGF2010
2859Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWAdvPan American82KGSF2011
3014Sylvio AugustoWPts: 15x0World Champ.82KGRDS2011
3023Gabriel GoulartGabriel GoulartWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.82KGRDS2011
3089Vinicius CorralesVinicius CorralesWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.82KG4F2011
3113Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 6x0World Champ.82KGSF2011
3327Joao MoncaioWPointsNo Gi Worlds94KG4F2011
3351Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWAdvNo Gi Worlds94KGF2011
3613Ricardo MesquitaWPts: 8x2Pan American94KGR22012
3614Renan VitalWPts: 8x0Pan American94KGSF2012
3679DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWReferee DecisionNYC World Trials83KGF2012
3748Mathias RibeiroWPointsWorld Pro.82KGR12012
3754Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoWPointsWorld Pro.82KGR22012
3755Adriano SilvaAdriano SilvaWPointsWorld Pro.82KG4F2012
3759Vitor BonfimWSubmissionWorld Pro.82KGSF2012
4007Juan Pablo MolinaWChoke from mountWorld Champ.82KGR22012
4017Bill CooperBill CooperWPts: 15x0World Champ.82KG8F2012
4026Daniel GarciaDaniel GarciaWPts: 6x0World Champ.82KG4F2012
4574Diego HerzogWChoke from backPan American88KG4F2013
4766Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWPts: 16x0World Champ.94KG4F2013
4768Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KGSF2013
4966Josh HaydenWPointsADCC88KGR12013
5066Neiman GracieWPointsNoGi Worlds94KGSF2013
5073AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWAdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2013
5340John SlaterWChoke from backPan American94KG4F2014
5342Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWChoke from backPan American94KGSF2014
5976Morris AyalaWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds94KG4F2014
5979Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWPts: 8x0NoGi Worlds94KGSF2014
6764Vitor SchlosserWChoke from backPan American94KGR22015
6771Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWPts: 8x0Pan American94KG4F2015
6774Rodrigo SilvaWPts: 5x0Pan American94KGSF2015
6776Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 20x2Pan American94KGF2015
6859Terence AflagueWCross chokeMarianas OpenABS4F2015
7388Herico HesleyWChoke from backWorld Champ.94KG8F2015
7392Eduardo InojosaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KG4F2015
7397Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KGSF2015
9855Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPts: 9x2World Champ.82KGR22016
9865Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KG8F2016
12892Rodrigo RibeiroRodrigo RibeiroWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.94KG8F2017

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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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