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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

57 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    34 (60%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (9%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    12 (21%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (11%)
  • 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
25 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    15 (60%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (12%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    7 (28%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

7 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
57
4
#86e620
Ezekiel
14
1
#5AD3D1
Wristlock
14
1
#d1212a
Brabo choke
14
1
7
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Lucas Leite Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1401Fredson AlvesLEzekielWorld Champ.76KGR12006
1627Daniel MoraesDaniel MoraesLPointsADCC Trials77KGSF2007
1769Marcio FeitosaMarcio FeitosaLPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Am.76KGF2007
1846Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPts: 5x4Pan American82KGSF2008
1907Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLArmbarWorld Champ.82KGR12008
2160Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABS1/4F2009
2312Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLPts: 6x0World Champ.82KGSF2009
2520Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaLArmbarPan American82KGSF2010
2575Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLN/ANo Gi Worlds79KGSF2010
2599Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPointsNo Gi WorldsABSSF2010
2659Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPointsWorld Champ.82KG1/4F2010
2815Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLWristlockPan American82KGF2011
3075Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGF2011
3698Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 2x0World Pro.82KGF2012
3959Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 6x4World Champ.82KGSF2012
4246Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLArmbarWorld ExpoABSSPF2013
4668Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLBrabo chokeWorld Champ.94KGF2013
4870Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsADCC88KG1/4F2013
4974Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLAdvNoGi WorldsABSSF2013
5430Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLArmbarWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5474Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLPts: 3x0World Pro.94KGR12014
5648Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLAdvWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2014
6703Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 4x2Marianas OpenABSSF2015
7231Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 4x2World Champ.94KGF2015
9647Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.82KG1/4F2016
1546Paulo GuillobelPaulo GuillobelWPts: 2x0GQ All Star Pro72KG1/4F2007
1550Rany YahyaRany YahyaWPts: 8x3GQ All Star Pro72KGSF2007
1551Bill CooperBill CooperWPointsGQ All Star Pro72KGF2007
1596Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWPts: 7x2Pan American76KGF2007
1768Joao CunhaWRNCNoGi Pan Am.76KGSF2007
1910Diego GamonalWPointsWorld Champ.82KGR12008
1984Rodrigo TeixeiraWReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds79KGR12008
2136Jay PagesWChoke from backPan American82KG1/4F2009
2140Augusto VieiraWPointsPan American82KGSF2009
2141Kron GracieKron GracieWPts: 7x0Pan American82KGF2009
2307Kron GracieKron GracieWPts: 2x0World Champ.82KG1/4F2009
2386Diego GamonalWPointsNoGi Worlds79KG1/8F2009
2388Mike JarmiloWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds79KG1/4F2009
2390Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds79KGSF2009
2392Carlos FerreiraWPts: 8x0NoGi Worlds79KGF2009
2512Carlos SievertWChoke from backPan American82KGR12010
2516Adriano SilvaAdriano SilvaWPointsPan American82KG1/4F2010
2592Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWPointsNo Gi WorldsABS1/8F2010
2598Leandro LeiteWPointsNo Gi WorldsABS1/4F2010
2747Bill CooperBill CooperWPointsGrapplers Quest82KGF2010
2814Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWAdvPan American82KGSF2011
2966Sylvio AugustoWPts: 15x0World Champ.82KGRDS2011
2975Gabriel GoulartGabriel GoulartWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.82KGRDS2011
3041Vinicius CorralesVinicius CorralesWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.82KG1/4F2011
3065Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 6x0World Champ.82KGSF2011
3269Joao MoncaioWPointsNo Gi Worlds94KG1/4F2011
3293Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWAdvNo Gi Worlds94KGF2011
3552Ricardo MesquitaWPts: 8x2Pan American94KGR22012
3553Renan VitalWPts: 8x0Pan American94KGSF2012
3618DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWReferee DecisionNYC World Trials83KGF2012
3685Mathias RibeiroWPointsWorld Pro.82KGR12012
3691Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoWPointsWorld Pro.82KGR22012
3692Adriano SilvaAdriano SilvaWPointsWorld Pro.82KG1/4F2012
3696Vitor BonfimWSubmissionWorld Pro.82KGSF2012
3936Juan Pablo MolinaWChoke from mountWorld Champ.82KGR22012
3946Bill CooperBill CooperWPts: 15x0World Champ.82KG1/8F2012
3956Daniel GarciaDaniel GarciaWPts: 6x0World Champ.82KG1/4F2012
4485Diego HerzogWChoke from backPan American88KG1/4F2013
4665Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWPts: 16x0World Champ.94KG1/4F2013
4667Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KGSF2013
4865Josh HaydenWPointsADCC88KGR12013
4965Neiman GracieWPointsNoGi Worlds94KGSF2013
4972AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWAdvNoGi WorldsABS1/4F2013
5226John SlaterWChoke from backPan American94KG1/4F2014
5228Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWChoke from backPan American94KGSF2014
5845Morris AyalaWPts: 0x0, AdvNo Gi Worlds94KG1/4F2014
5848Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWPts: 8x0No Gi Worlds94KGSF2014
6610Vitor SchlosserWChoke from backPan American94KGR22015
6617Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWPts: 8x0Pan American94KG1/4F2015
6620Rodrigo SilvaWPts: 5x0Pan American94KGSF2015
6622Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 20x2Pan American94KGF2015
6701Terence AflagueWCross chokeMarianas OpenABS1/4F2015
7221Herico HesleyWChoke from backWorld Champ.94KG1/8F2015
7225Eduardo InojosaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KG1/4F2015
7230Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KGSF2015
9630Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPts: 9x2World Champ.82KGR22016
9640Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KG1/8F2016

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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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