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Lucas Leite

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

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF World No-Gi Championship (2014/2011/2009)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2015/2014/2012/2009)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2011/2013/2015)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World No-Gi Championship (2013)
  • 2nd Place UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro Championship (2012)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2014/2011)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2014/2012/2009)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2007/2005 brown belt)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pan American Championship (2007 brown belt)
  • 1st Place G. Quest Pro Division Championship (2007)
  • 1st Place FPJJ Sao Paulo State Championship (2006 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2006 brown)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

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

Favorite Position/Technique: 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 become 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 competitor 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.

Coyote Guard Instructional by Lucas Leite

Lucas Leite Grappling Record

    34 (59%)
    6 (10%)
    12 (21%)
    6 (10%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Choke from back
Choke from mount
Cross choke
    15 (58%)
    3 (12%)
    8 (31%)
    0 (0%)
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)


Brabo choke
Choke from back

Lucas Leite Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
1416Fredson AlvesLEzekielWorld Champ.76KGR12006
1643Daniel MoraesDaniel MoraesLPointsADCC Trials77KGSF2007
1785Marcio FeitosaMarcio FeitosaLPts: 2x0NoGi Pan Am.76KGF2007
1866Gustavo CamposGustavo CamposLPts: 5x4Pan American82KGSF2008
1927Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLArmbarWorld Champ.82KGR12008
2189Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 4x0Pan AmericanABS4F2009
2341Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLPts: 6x0World Champ.82KGSF2009
2552Abmar BarbosaAbmar BarbosaLArmbarPan American82KGSF2010
2607Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsLN/ANo Gi Worlds79KGSF2010
2631Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLPointsNo Gi WorldsABSSF2010
2691Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPointsWorld Champ.82KG4F2010
2882Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLWristlockPan American82KGF2011
3147Marcelo GarciaMarcelo GarciaLPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGF2011
3790Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 2x0World Pro.82KGF2012
4057Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 6x4World Champ.82KGSF2012
4361Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLArmbarWorld ExpoABSSPF2013
4808Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraLBrabo chokeWorld Champ.94KGF2013
5011Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLPointsADCC88KG4F2013
5117Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaLAdvNoGi WorldsABSSF2013
5612Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLArmbarWorld Pro.ABSR12014
5661Braulio EstimaBraulio EstimaLPts: 3x0World Pro.94KGR12014
5835Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaLAdvWorld Champ.94KG4F2014
6956Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 4x2Marianas OpenABSSF2015
7497Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 4x2World Champ.94KGF2015
10010Marcos TinocoMarcos TinocoLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.82KG4F2016
13186Nicholas MeregaliNicholas MeregaliLChoke from backWorld Champ.94KG4F2017
1562Paulo GuillobelPaulo GuillobelWPts: 2x0GQ All Star Pro72KG4F2007
1566Rany YahyaRany YahyaWPts: 8x3GQ All Star Pro72KGSF2007
1567Bill CooperBill CooperWPointsGQ All Star Pro72KGF2007
1612Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaWPts: 7x2Pan American76KGF2007
1784Joao CunhaWRNCNoGi Pan Am.76KGSF2007
1930Diego GamonalWPointsWorld Champ.82KGR12008
2004Rodrigo TeixeiraWReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds79KGR12008
2165Jay PagesWChoke from backPan American82KG4F2009
2169Augusto VieiraWPointsPan American82KGSF2009
2170Kron GracieKron GracieWPts: 7x0Pan American82KGF2009
2336Kron GracieKron GracieWPts: 2x0World Champ.82KG4F2009
2415Diego GamonalWPointsNoGi Worlds79KG8F2009
2417Mike JarmiloWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds79KG4F2009
2419Murilo SantanaMurilo SantanaWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds79KGSF2009
2421Carlos FerreiraWPts: 8x0NoGi Worlds79KGF2009
2544Carlos SievertWChoke from backPan American82KGR12010
2548Adriano SilvaAdriano SilvaWPointsPan American82KG4F2010
2624Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWPointsNo Gi WorldsABS8F2010
2630Leandro LeiteWPointsNo Gi WorldsABS4F2010
2813Bill CooperBill CooperWPointsGrapplers Quest82KGF2010
2881Gilbert BurnsGilbert BurnsWAdvPan American82KGSF2011
3038Sylvio AugustoWPts: 15x0World Champ.82KGRDS2011
3047Gabriel GoulartGabriel GoulartWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.82KGRDS2011
3113Vinicius CorralesVinicius CorralesWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.82KG4F2011
3137Clark GracieClark GracieWPts: 6x0World Champ.82KGSF2011
3357Joao MoncaioWPointsNo Gi Worlds94KG4F2011
3381Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWAdvNo Gi Worlds94KGF2011
3643Ricardo MesquitaWPts: 8x2Pan American94KGR22012
3644Renan VitalWPts: 8x0Pan American94KGSF2012
3709DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWReferee DecisionNYC World Trials83KGF2012
3778Mathias RibeiroWPointsWorld Pro.82KGR12012
3783Rodrigo FajardoRodrigo FajardoWPointsWorld Pro.82KGR22012
3784Adriano SilvaAdriano SilvaWPointsWorld Pro.82KG4F2012
3788Vitor BonfimWSubmissionWorld Pro.82KGSF2012
4036Juan Pablo MolinaWChoke from mountWorld Champ.82KGR22012
4045Bill CooperBill CooperWPts: 15x0World Champ.82KG8F2012
4054Daniel GarciaDaniel GarciaWPts: 6x0World Champ.82KG4F2012
4613Diego HerzogWChoke from backPan American88KG4F2013
4805Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWPts: 16x0World Champ.94KG4F2013
4807Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KGSF2013
5006Josh HaydenWPointsADCC88KGR12013
5108Neiman GracieWPointsNoGi Worlds94KGSF2013
5115AJ AgazarmAJ AgazarmWAdvNoGi WorldsABS4F2013
5396John SlaterWChoke from backPan American94KG4F2014
5398Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarWChoke from backPan American94KGSF2014
6048Morris AyalaWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds94KG4F2014
6051Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWPts: 8x0NoGi Worlds94KGSF2014
6859Vitor SchlosserWChoke from backPan American94KGR22015
6866Vitor ToledoVitor ToledoWPts: 8x0Pan American94KG4F2015
6869Rodrigo SilvaWPts: 5x0Pan American94KGSF2015
6871Lucas RochaLucas RochaWPts: 20x2Pan American94KGF2015
6954Terence AflagueWCross chokeMarianas OpenABS4F2015
7487Herico HesleyWChoke from backWorld Champ.94KG8F2015
7491Eduardo InojosaWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KG4F2015
7496Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsWReferee DecisionWorld Champ.94KGSF2015
9993Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPts: 9x2World Champ.82KGR22016
10003Vinicius MarinhoVinicius MarinhoWChoke from backWorld Champ.82KG8F2016
13185Rodrigo RibeiroRodrigo RibeiroWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.94KG8F2017

Lucas Leite vs Xande Ribeiro

Lucas Leite vs John Slater

Lucas Leite Highlight

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  • 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.

  • wally says:

    Lucas took second place due to gentleman's agreement with Jackson souza at the 2013 nogi worlds in the BLACK / Adult / Male / Heavy category

    he also took third in the absolute division at the same event

  • checkmat says:

    update locura's medals! you guys are slacking!

  • Ivan says:

    Lucas Leite was world champion in 2007 at blackbelt and not colored belt.

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