Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu’s King of the Ring: Leandro Lo
Starting in 2011, Leandro Lo took the world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu submission wrestling by storm. Born in 1989, he earned his belt from Cicero Costha at the Cicero Costha Academy in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Wrestling in classes that range from lightweight at 76kg/167.5lbs to full heavyweight status at 100kg/220lbs, Leandro has shown himself to be a determined and versatile champion for all seasons.
Leandro Lo Pereira Nascimento: The All-Purpose Champion
One of the top champions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Leandro Lo’s achievements are spread across four different weight classes - lightweight, middleweight, medium heavyweight, and open weight. He holds an astounding number of records, but principal among them is holding the most IPJFF World titles across four weight classes. Born in São Paulo in May 1989, Leandro was introduced to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2004 through a program for underprivileged children.
He proved to be an apt pupil and fearsome competitor. He won many titles while working his way through the junior and senior belts, and after an injury as a purple belt kept him away from competitions, he began to work on his A-game. Notice came in 2011 when he defeated two living legends of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – Celso Vinicus and Michael Langhi. With those two wins, Leandro became known as the best lightweight competitor in the world and cemented his status after the Mundial Pan American and the Brazilian Nationals.
After cleaning house in every competition at his weight level, Leandro up his weight level and fought as a middleweight with no loss of performance, racking up when after when with and without his gi. In 2015 he and some of his teammates formed their own academy, though a shoulder injury prevented him from taking the mat against Marcus Almeida. Almeida chose to forfeit his title and not challenge Leandro and granting him his fourth world title in a different weight class.
Leandro Lo’s versatility is not limited to his weight class. He has competed against much larger opponents using technique, timing, and speed to win a considerable number of his matches between 2011 and the present day. Favorite methods on the mat include Spider Guard and Toreando Pass. His unpredictable style means that opponents stepping onto the mat with him are never entirely sure what they are going to get, even if they have faced him previously.He first came to notice as the IBJFF World Champion in 2005 – only a year after he entered the sport – when he was holding a junior blue belt.
In his career Leandro has had 252 wins, with 52 being by submission, 27 being by advantages, and 163 by total points. His successes have come by his specialty holds such as cross choke, arm-bar, choke from back, bow-and-arrow, and Brabo choke. His astounding record of lands is not dimmed by 33 career-spanning losses, primarily due to choke-from-back, and then equal portions spread across lapel choke, arm in Ezekiel, flying triangle, arm-bar, and RNC.
Here are just a few of Leandro’s many career highlights.
- IBJFF World Champion for the years 2012-2016 consecutively and 2018
- IBJFF No-Gi Championship second place for 2012
- IBJFF World Championship second place for 2017
- IBJFF Pan-American Champion for 2012 and the years 2014-2018 consecutively
- IBJFF European International Open Champion for 2017
- IBJFF Pan American Championship second place for the years 2014 and 2016 respectively
- World League Pro Jiu-Jitsu Champion for 2010
- UAE Abu Dhabi world Pro champion for the years, 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2015
- CBJJ Brazilian National Champion for the years 2011, 2012, and 2017
- CBJJ national No-Gi champion for the years 2011 and 2012
- Copa Podio Lightweight GP Champion for the years 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2016
- Copa Podio Middleweight GP Champion for the years 2012 and 2016
- Copa Podio Heavyweight GP Champion for 2016
It is worthy of notice that Leandro competed in the 2016 Copa Podio at three separate weight classes – lightweight, middleweight, and heavyweight. An exceptional achievement for an exceptional master of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
2019 has been a busy competitive year for Leandro, with 14 bouts so far resulting in four losses, and ten wins. This year he has lost two Nicholas Meregali, Adam Wardzinski, Lucas Barbosa, and Kanan Duarte. His victories have been stunning against multiple opponents in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Stars, the Pan-American, and the world championship. Expect this veteran competitor to continue to surprise and innovate, educate, and most of all, continue to win.